Programme Manager (East and Southern Africa)

Programme Manager (East and Southern Africa)

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

DCAF – Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance


DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, DCAF has contributed to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s Foundation Council members represent over 50 countries and the Canton of Geneva. Active 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). DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter @DCAF_Geneva.

For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next

Programme Manager – Sub-Saharan Africa Division (100%)

  • Location: Geneva, with extensive travel to the region
  • Starting date: 01 July 2022
  • Duration: 12 Months, with possible extension

The role

The Programme Manager will primarily support programmes and projects in East and Southern Africa but may be assigned by the Head of Division to work on other projects in Sub-Saharan Africa if needed. Functionally, the Programme Manager will report to the Principal Programme Manager. The position envisions a dual hatted role of supporting management and coordination of projects as well as an advisory role in supporting implementation of projects in East and Southern Africa. As such, the position requires strong experience in programme cycle management but also specific technical and thematic expertise in at least one of the following areas: police reform, security sector oversight, human rights, gender, or criminal justice reform. The role will involve frequent travel to the sub-region to support project management or implementation.


  • Programme Management
    • Manage and/or coordinate projects in the region, including management of experts, leading administrative processes, managing planning processes, and coordination of activities with partners
    • Support quality control, processing and verification of financial processes across several programmes
    • Track budget expenditure and disbursement for programmes in the region
    • Draft programme or project concept notes for project is the region; support scoping studies and missions for new programmes; advise the Head of Division on new opportunities emerging in the region
    • Support administrative processes for programmes in the sub-region
    • Draft terms of reference for advisors and project activities for programmes in the sub-region
    • Contribute to drafting of progress reports for programmes
  • Advisor Role
    • Conduct research and assessments (sector, thematic, or issue based) on SSG/R related themes in the sub-region
    • Directly contribute to implementation programmes through advisory support or training in some of the following areas (police reform, human rights, justice, strengthening oversight institutions, civil society, gender, or other relevant themes)
    • Provide periodic analysis on trends and emerging issues in the sub-region to the Head of Division, including regular political or context analysis
  • Knowledge Management
    • Lead on development, documentation and consolidation of knowledge products for the Division in the sub-region
    • Lead on monitoring and evaluation of programmes in the sub-region
    • Support the development of lessons learned case studies from SSG/R processes in the sub-region
  • Staff Development
    • Provide coaching/mentoring/training support to staff in SSAD, including field offices, so as to ensure that staff receive sufficient support or guidance in their professional development

Experience Required for the Position

  • Proven technical expertise in the area of security and justice sector governance and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, and specific thematic expertise in at least one of the following: police reform, criminal justice reform, Parliamentary reform, human rights, gender.
  • Experience working with multilateral stakeholders and understanding of reform processes at the national and institutional level.
  • At least 7 years proven experience in managing or delivering SSG/R or justice reform programmes, advising on or managing development, peacebuilding or SSR/G assistance programmes.
  • Experience in managing projects and staff.
  • Interest and know how on designing effective projects that address behavioural change and institutional reform in the context of governance programming.
  • Be able to lead the development of knowledge production, review SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external partners and provide expert input into policy and international policy discussions.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct political analysis, and experience in working at the political level is desired.
  • Be fluent in English, knowledge of French or Portuguese would be considered an advantage.

We offer

  • A rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience;
  • The chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people
  • The chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 15 May 2022 with the subject heading Application Programme Manager SSAD, enclosing:

  • A one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF;
  • A concise CV (maximum two pages).

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed nor been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.