Senior Advisor – Program Management (80-100%) – Switzerland

DCAF – Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within the framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights man and gender equality. Since its inception in 2000, DCAF has helped make peace and development more sustainable by helping partner states and international actors supporting those states improve their security sector governance through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes standards and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity building for state and non-state actors in the security sector.

The members of the DCAF Board of Trustees represent more than 50 countries and the Canton of Geneva. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centers 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 the DCAF Operations Department, we are looking for a dynamic and committed person to be our next[1] Advisor – Program Management.

Senior Advisor – Program Management (80-100%)

Location: Geneva

Start date: September 2022 or as mutually agreed

Duration: One year with possibility of extension

The role

Reporting to the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer, the Advisor – Program Management provides advice and guidance to departments five divisions/regional units in the design of country programs, including setting up monitoring systems and data collection for RBM reports. In addition, the Advisor supports the establishment of a learning system in the country programs and field offices of the department which will contribute to new knowledge and communication products. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, he/she supports the use of performance information for fundraising, decision making, resource allocation, lesson learning and smooth running/coordination within the department.

Main areas of activity:

Program design, monitoring and evaluation

  • Provide consultative support to teams throughout the process of project analysis, design and planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Contribute to donor relations, development of funding proposals and provide support for external communications and strategy development.
  • Oversee and update as needed the lessons identification process for the Ops department programs, support the collection and dissemination of good practices and their integration into future programs.
  • Contribute to scoping studies and identification of program needs and opportunities.
  • Oversee the compliance of the operations department with MEAL and RBM requirements and ensure periodic quality control of project documentation, including results matrices and logic models.
  • Work closely with division/unit MEAL focal points, providing guidance and capacity building as needed.

Coordination, learning and capacity building:

  • Establish a virtual community of practice that supports the development of staff capacity, skills and knowledge in program management and various aspects of SSG/R good practice.
  • Support the identification of training needs and the organization of periodic training (eg in program management or in monitoring, evaluation and learning).
  • Facilitate cooperation and exchange of information between the various divisions of the department and with the MEAL team of the company.
  • Seek synergies and exchanges with other departments (Policy and Research/ISSAT/Resources) within the organization and, through the exchange of lessons, assist DCAF in bridging policy and research and the 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 needed.
  • Provide backup/support to geographic division operations as required.
  • Assist the Head of Operations in the management of the department.
  • Managing supervising more than one or more staff working at the department level.

your experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in development programming, preferably in governance or security sector reform and with specific experience in applying results-based management approaches.
  • Knowledge of concepts, methods and tools related to monitoring, evaluation, learning and knowledge management.
  • Significant experience advising on reform and change management processes.
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken) in English. French is an asset, as is a history of publications.
  • Experience in policy development and influencing is an asset, as is previous experience in donor relations and fundraising.

Additional skills or experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to forge productive working relationships, listen, adapt and persuade.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze/synthesize results in a way that aligns with the organization’s strategy and vision.

We offer

  • A rewarding, dynamic and stimulating work experience
  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking, values-driven people
  • the possibility of contributing to the improvement of the security of States and their population within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights

How to register

If you think you match DCAF and the advertised position, please send your application to by July 29, 2022enclosing :

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

DCAF is committed to equal opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, age, disability, gender identity, religion or ethnic origin.

Individuals seeking to serve with DCAF in an individual capacity will be required, if shortlisted, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offense and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.