National Programme Officer for DCAF’ programme in Honduras (100%)

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities in over 70 countries. DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). Since 2013, DCAF has been providing support to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Honduras in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity. Within SDC’s new program on citizen security in Honduras, DCAF has been given the mandate to continue to support the reform process in the security sector at national level. In this context, DCAF seeks a

National Programme Officer for DCAF’ programme on supporting sector reform in Honduras (100%)

with proven experience in working with security institutions in Honduras and project management skills who will be based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a national expert, the incumbent will assist in the implementation of the multi-year SSG/R programme and provide project management support to the DCAF programme team and the SDC office in Honduras. The programme’s objective is to support the Ministry of Security and National Police of Honduras in improving their institutional integrity and efficiency within a framework of human rights and meritocracy. SDC’s overall citizen security program in Honduras encompasses two further components on strategic infrastructure investments with the Inter-American Bank for Development and a second mandatee responsible for supporting reform implementation in SDC’s two priority regions Golfo de Fonseca and the Mosquitia.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of Office in all aspects relating to operational planning in the implementation of the programme in Honduras.
  • Support the management of projects through the entire project management cycle: design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Produce written reports and relevant programme documentation.
  • Ensure high quality narrative and financial reporting, within established deadlines.
  • Liaise with national authorities and the international community.
  • Financial management support and assist the team in administrative matters.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Substantial professional work experience in Honduras and a very good understanding of the political and security sector situation of the country.
  • Familiarity with externally supported SSR/G programs in Latin America and/or in other regions.
  • Project management experience, including in finance and administration matters.
  • Experience in reviewing and monitoring based on results-based project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills as well as an ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with a broad range of stakeholders (especially police) in a challenging environment.
  • Excellent communications skills: native Spanish speaker, and willingness to learn English. Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail.

Indicative starting date: 1. August 2018

Position location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Period of contract: 4 years

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae together with a motivation letter by 23rd  March 2018 to Dr. Cristina Hoyos and Ms. Laurence Favre at (subject: “Programme Officer”). Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter.

DCAF is committed to a diverse workplace free of discrimination. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information on DCAF, please visit our website:

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