Programme Manager (Security and Justice Governance and Reform Outreach)

Programme Manager (Security and Justice Governance and Reform Outreach)

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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.

ISSAT is a Department of DCAF. ISSAT was established in 2008 in response to the need to increase the capacity of the international community to support Security Sector Governance/Reform (SSG/R) processes, to enhance the effectiveness and quality of SSG/R programming, and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of international assistance for nationally driven SSR/G processes. It provides practical support to the international community in its efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states. It does this by working with a group of member states and multilateral institutions (Governing Board Members, or GBMs) to develop and promote good security and justice reform practices and principles, and by helping its members to build their capacity to support national and regional security and justice reform processes. The ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its GBMs. Within ISSAT, the professional development and training (PDT) Service  Line focusses on training design and delivery, professional development advice and mentoring for the benefit of our GBMs to enhance the their ability to deploy strategic SSG/R advisors. For more information, please see:

For our OAK service line, we are looking for a motivated and experience individual to be our next  Programme Manager for Security and Justice Governance and Reform Outreach – 100%

  • Location: Geneva
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Duration: Permanent

The role

Reporting to the Head of Outreach and Knowledge (OAK) service line, the Programme Manager for Security and Justice Governance and Reform Outreach will focus on ISSAT’s security community of practice, in addition to all related outreach activities around security and justice reform. ISSAT’s community of practice is a closed, web-enabled space, managed by the ISSAT Outreach and knowledge Service Line team. It includes representatives of ISSAT’s International Partners Group (IPG). It was initiated in 2012, based on an ISSAT IPG mandate, to ensure that the knowledge and lessons generated by ISSAT’s mandates become available to all of ISSAT’s Members, which include the key international partners involved in supporting security and justice programming overseas. In November 2019, ISSAT’s IPG mandated the team to review and reconceptualise the Community of Practice (CoP), ensuring it is better aligned with the ISSAT mandate, as well as restricted to governmental and international organisations’ teams’ access exclusively. Within this framework, the incumbent’s tasks will include the below:

On Outreach:

  • Lead the development of the outreach plan as part of the overall ISSAT OAK work plan and contribute to the ISSAT strategy development;
  • Supervise four contributors to the upgrade and management of the CoP, including external contractors; as well as, support the recruitment of contributors;
  • Mentor and coach ISSAT department personnel on with regard to their inputs to, interactions with, and promotion of the CoP;
  • Coordination with ISSAT’s International Partners’ Group Members (IPGMs) to ensure the CoP meets their needs, expectations, and security of access concerns; support the maintenance relations with key points of contact in IPGMs with regard to the CoP platform;
  • Build and nurture relationships with personnel within IPGMs’ institutions, as well as internally within DCAF as required;
  • Plan and implement the outreach portfolio from conception to execution to delivery, including designing the outreach strategy and action plan, budget management, as well as defining indicators for measuring success;
  • Develop project proposals, manage budgets, lead on relevant RBM engagements and oversee the launch of the evolved CoP with IPGMs and ISSAT Service Lines;
  • Monitor risks and provide regular updates and potential mitigation measure suggestions to the ISSAT Management Team;
  • Provide and oversee technical-level trouble-shooting;

On Knowledge Generation

  • lead or contribute to individual Justice and Security Sector Reform mandates, as requested by ISSAT’s Governing Board Members, including assessments, programme design, and MEL;
  • Lead or contribute to the growth of ISSAT justice-oriented partnerships with peer organistaions active in the areas of justice reform, access to justice and Rule of Law;
  • Contribute to the development of ISSAT and OAK strategic priorities;
  • Support the implementation of ISSAT’s Programme of Work, by ensuring quality delivery of mandates and contributing to reporting, monitoring and evaluating;
  • Lead or support the implementation of ISSAT mandates as relevant and needed;
  • Lead and contribute to OAK’s Donor Methodology & Guidance portfolio, ensuring clear deliverables and approaches for donor support to SSR.

Your experience

  • MA/MSc in International relations, security studies, political sciences, law, conflict studies, development or related field;
  • 7 years of relevant work experience;
  • General SSR and governance expertise, governmental or political science, multilateral organisations or think tank.
  • Experience in drafting knowledge products for donors and their partners on security and justice related issues;
  • Experience in working with and supporting governments, international bilateral partners and multilateral organisations;
  • English, other languages an asset

Your skills

  • Excellent public speaking, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Programme and project management
  • Multi-tasking and pragmatic
  • Event and conference management
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Strong drafting capabilities in English (and French would be an asset)
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite

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 apply online at by 15 September 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, neurodiversity, 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.