Senior Advisor – Programme management

Senior Advisor – Programme management

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

DCAF – Geneva Centre 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 DCAF’s Operations Department, we are looking for a dynamic and committed individual to be our next Advisor – Programme Management.

  • Location: Geneva
  • Starting date: September 2022 or upon mutual agreement
  • Duration: One year with possibility of extension

The role

Reporting to the Deputy Director/Head of Operations, the Senior Advisor - Programme Management provides advice and guidance to the departments five regional divisions/units in the design of country programmes, including the establishment of monitoring systems and the gathering of data for RBM reporting. In addition, the Advisor supports the establishment of a system of learning across the department’s country programmes and field offices that will contribute to new knowledge and communication products.  Working closely with the Head of Operations, s/he supports the use of the performance information for fundraising, decision-making, resource allocation, lesson learning and the smooth running/coordination within the Department.

Key areas of operation:

Programme design, monitoring and evaluation

  • Provide advisory support to teams throughout the process of project analysis, design and planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and lesson learning.
  • Contribute to donor relations, the development of funding proposals, and provide support to external communications and strategy development.
  • Oversee and update as needed the lessons identification process for Ops department programmes, support the gathering and dissemination of good practice and its integration into future programmes.
  • Contribute to scoping studies and the identification of needs and programme opportunities.
  • Oversee Operations Department compliance with MEAL and RBM requirements and provide periodic quality control for project documentation including results matrices and logic models.
  • Work closely with Divisions’/ Units’ MEAL Focal Points, providing advice and capacity building where needed.

Coordination, learning and capacity building:

  • Establish a virtual community of practice that supports the development of staff capacity, skills and knowledge in programme management and various aspects of SSG/R good practice.
  • Support the identification of training needs and the organization of periodic training (e.g. in programme management or monitoring, evaluation and learning).
  • Facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information between the different divisions within the department, and with the corporate MEAL Team.
  • Seek synergies and exchange with other Departments (Policy and Research/ISSAT/ Resources) within the organisation, and, through lessons exchange, support DCAF in bridging policy and research with practice.
  • Contribute to learning processes and publications.

Other related tasks

  • Support the development of the annual budget and work plan process for the Operations Department
  • Support the Fundraising group as required.
  • Provide reinforcement/support to the operations of the geographic divisions, as required.
  • Assist the Head of Operations in the management of the Department.
  • Manage oversee more one or more staff working at the departmental level.

Your experience

  • Knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, learning and knowledge management related concepts, methods, and tools.
  • Significant experience advising on reform and change manage processes.
  • Solid communication skills (written and spoken) in English. French is an asset, as is a track record of publications.
  • Experience in policy development and influencing is an asset, as is previous experiencing in donor relation and fundraising.

Additional skills or experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to forge productive working relationships, listen, adapt, and persuade.
  • Ability to interpret and analyse/synthesise results in a way that aligns with organisational strategy and vision.

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 29th July 2022, 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 or 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.