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 our Operations Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, we are looking for a highly dedicated and dynamic individual to be our next:

  • Programme Manager – Ramallah/oPT (100 %)
  • Location: Ramallah, occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT)
  • Starting date: 01 March 2023 or upon mutual agreement
  • Duration: 2 years contingent on funding (with possibility of extension)

The role                
•    Reporting directly to the Head of the Middle East Desk of DCAF’s MENA Division at its Geneva based headquarters, the Programme Manager is responsible for overseeing the main programme related to Palestinian Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R) in the oPT.

The Programme Manager is responsible for its strategy and implementation. His/her duties and responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to the following: 
•    In close coordination with DCAF’s MENA management, manage the programme, including overseeing the design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
•    In close coordination with DCAF’s MENA management, manage the programme’s team
•    In a delegated capacity, represent DCAF in Israel/oPT; liaise, coordinate and negotiate with all relevant stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, police and security forces, community leaders, civil society, and media
•    Oversee all organisational, administrative, financial aspects of programme and office management
•    Develop donor relations in close coordination with HQ and identify new opportunities for expansion of the programme
•    Contribute to the development and revision of the country as well as the regional/divisional strategy
•    Contribute to substantial knowledge production and/or sharing on SSG substantial aspects of DCAF’s programme in Palestine
•    Closely and continuously monitor and report on the political and social environment in the area of responsibility
•    Draft and submit update reports, political analyses and other content papers as required

Education, knowledge and experience
•    An advanced degree in political or social sciences, business administration, public administration, law, development studies or related fields
•    Proven conceptual knowledge and technical expertise in areas such as security sector reform, good governance, rule of law, public administration
•    A minimum of 7 years relevant work experience, preferably in the MENA region and/or in the oPT
•    A minimum of 5 years of experience in leadership and project management, including experience managing multiple grants/budgets, staff (both operations and support staff) and programmes
•    Good understanding of SSG and familiarity with SSG substantive issues, preferably in the MENA and/or the Palestinian context
•    Written and oral fluency in English; working knowledge of Arabic is considered an asset

•    Excellent political awareness
•    Leadership – ability to work under pressure, autonomously
•    Excellent management skills incl. planning and budgets
•    Ability to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines
•    Cultural sensitivity and familiarity with the MENA region
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
•    Demonstrable ability to solve problems
•    Track record as a team player 
•    Strength in initiative
•    Strong analytical skills

•    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 05 December 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)
•    copy of your work certificates and diplomas

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.

Location: Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
Period: March 1, 2023 to indefinite
Application Deadline: December 5, 2022 12:00