Project Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa Division (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). 

The Sub-Saharan Africa Division is looking for an experienced and motivated individual who will manage projects related to security sector reform and/or governance in Africa. The Project Coordinator (PC) will be the lead on support to parliamentary oversight, providing technical expertise to a range of actors from parliamentarians, parliament staff, and legislative committees to civil society organizations. 

Working as part of a team, the PC will be responsible for managing the budgets for his/her projects and for all phases of the project cycle; from design, to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. As part of the support provided to partners in the field, the PC will deliver and facilitate workshops, training, and other capacity building activities. The PC is innovative and is able to work with partners to develop projects best suited to address their needs, building on the past experience of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division while contributing towards it with every new project.

Candidates should meet the following criteria: 

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience working on governance projects in the context of states undergoing transition or democratic reform, in Africa or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrated experience working closely with legislatures, as well as managing projects related to governance.
  • Experience providing technical assistance and guidance on the role of legislatures in good governance and democratic reform.
  • Extensive experience delivering and facilitating workshops, seminars, consultations and capacity building activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and design, budget management, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience liaising with donors, embassies, and international organisations in the field. 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken French and English. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience mentoring staff.
  • Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail. 
  • Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in international relations, peace, or security studies.
  • Availability and willingness to travel frequently to Africa, in particular West Africa. 

Desirable additional skills or experience: 

  • Experience conducting research and producing publications.
  • Familiarity with the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and other intergovernmental and/or regional organisations.
  • Familiarity with public administration and/or security sector reform and governance. 

Position location: Geneva, Switzerland, with frequent travel to Africa and in particular to West Africa.
Deadline for applications is 15 October 2017.

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:

Candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their CV with a cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to the address below. Due to the high number of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Administrative Assistant, Operations III
DCAF Geneva
Ref: PC Sub-Saharan Africa Division

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