Programme Manager (Gender and Security Division)

Programme Manager (Gender and Security Division)

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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.

The Gender and Security Division (GSD) leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality in security sector reform and governance by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects. The Division has 11 full- and part-time staff members and we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:

  • Programme Manager (100 %)
  • Location:                          Geneva
  • Starting date:                 August 2022, or upon mutual agreement
  • Duration:                          Unlimited contract


Under the supervision of the Head and / or Deputy Head of Division, the Programme Manager (PM) will develop, lead, implement and coordinate complex projects for the Gender and Security Division, on policy development and applied research as well as operational, country-specific projects, working collaboratively with other DCAF Divisions and Units and external partners. The role may also involve coordinating gender assessments, policy and methodology analysis, leading training and capacity building activities and promoting gender mainstreaming throughout DCAF’s work. This position requires deep knowledge and expertise in gender and security, gender mainstreaming as well as strong interpersonal and project management skills.

Key areas of operation:

  • Develop, lead, coordinate and implement both operational and research-related projects and activities in the broad area of gender and security
  • Lead in the design, organisation and implementation of activities with various partners, including policy development and dissemination, training, conferences, assessments, cutting-edge research in the field of gender and security
  • Develop, lead, coordinate and implement monitoring and evaluation - including of budgets and financial aspects - of projects and activities related to gender and security
  • Design and / or deliver training both internally and to external stakeholders, both on mainstreaming methodology and on gender and security


  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, human rights, or related disciplines
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and/or women, peace and security
  • Excellent knowledge of the gender and security normative and policy framework as well as of security sector governance and reform
  • Experience in developing and leading applied research and/or operational projects, including budget and financial management, on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, and/or related fields
  • Proven experience supporting gender mainstreaming in operational as well as policy development activities
  • Proven experience developing and delivering education and training packages on gender and security, gender and justice, gender-based bias, or related topics, for security and justice personnel
  • Versatile team player, with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Personal commitment to principles of gender equality and diversity
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Fluent in English, professional command of French is desirable. Other languages a plus.


  • a rewarding, dynamic and inspiring 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 3 June 2022 with the subject heading GSD PM, 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, sexual orientation, 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.