Location: Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel, including to mine-affected countries
Activity Rate: Full-time position
Start date: As soon as possible. This is a long-term staff position with an initial contract of one year.
Despite many important achievements of the mine action sector, contamination from mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war remains significant and is being augmented by new explosive devices, often improvised in nature. The need for efficient and effective mine action is undiminished and GICHD’s support to national partners, towards the timely fulfilment of convention obligations or their own completion targets, must remain at the core of its work. The GICHD supports field programmes by providing professional advice and training, developing capacities adapted to their specific needs and priorities and building sustainable, nationally-owned training capacities. The key role of national ownership and national capacities in addressing the challenges of an efficient and effective mine action means that the demand for GICHD’s services is on the rise, to provide adapted guidance and tools. The chances of making a lasting difference are enhanced if our interventions are connected and tailored. Hence, the GICHD continues to strengthen its ability and capacity to provide comprehensive and coherent support packages at country level to national mine action programmes, keeping the needs of communities firmly in sight.
The Country Programme Manager (CPM) is a new position responsible for designing, coordinating and managing comprehensive country programmes for a selection of partner countries, as well as monitoring and reporting on the results. The position reports to the Chief of Mine Action Programmes.
Areas of Responsibility
Planning and resource mobilisation
- Coordinate the implementation of national mine action programme capacity baseline assessments to be used as the basis for GICHD’s programmes of support;
- Establish and maintain comprehensive monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the assessment of national mine action programmes building on GICHD’s thematic monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
- Lead the elaboration of country-specific capacity development programmes in line with a theory of change approach. This programme should be designed in consultation with national stakeholders and partners and support any existing national explosive risk management strategy;
- Translate country programmes into project plans and donor proposal(s) to mobilise financial resources, in coordination with the Chief of Mine Action Programmes, Heads of Division and Grant Managers;
Implementation and resource management
- Organise and coordinate the interventions of a GICHD country team, in liaison with Heads of Divisions to ensure availability of advisors and funding resources;
- Coordinate with the finances unit and the grants management unit to incorporate country-specific financial plans into the internal financial control systems;
- Design and manage country programmes’ multi-year budgets.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
- Implement a regular monitoring and evaluation process for each country programme as per the framework mentioned above;
- Monitor the delivery and progress of the country programmes’ projects and highlight any problems or difficulties to relevant managers (Chief of Mine Action Programmes and Heads of Divisions) through regular reporting;
- Liaise with relevant colleagues and national partners to report on programme progress and compile country progress reports regularly;
- Coordinate with relevant managers (Chief of Mine Action Programmes and Heads of Divisions) to implement corrective action when budget deviations, deliverable quality or deliverable delays fall out of agreed acceptance margins;
- Document lessons learnt from the programmes every quarter and adjust programme and project plans accordingly.
The position is based in Geneva with a frequent travel requirement to the countries of focus, with a global scope. The incumbent will work in a matrix organisation in close collaboration with the different divisions of the Centre.
- 4-5 years’ experience in international cooperation, development, humanitarian assistance, human security, in project/programme coordination functions and/or monitoring & evaluation
- Knowledge and experience of Results-based Management and/or Monitoring & Evaluation;
- Competence in budgeting and financial monitoring of projects/ programmes in the not-for-profit sector;
- Proven programme & project cycle management skills;
- Fluent written and spoken English;
- Strong organization and coordination skills, ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines;
- Experience or exposure to mine action
- Post-Graduate qualification in business/public administration, programme/project management, international cooperation, development economics or other relevant topic;
- Project Management certification
- Working knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or another language practiced in mine-ERW affected countries;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse cultures.
- Understanding and experience in mainstreaming gender and diversity considerations • Ability to travel worldwide
To apply please follow this link GICHD Job Application Portal and register your candidacy through the online platform. Your application should be presented in English and include a CV of maximum 3 pages, a letter of motivation, your earliest date of availability and any other additional material you wish to present in support of your candidacy.
The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works towards reducing risks to communities stemming from explosive ordnance, with a particular focus on mines, cluster munitions, other explosive remnants of war and ammunition storages. The Centre helps develop and professionalise the sector for the benefits of its partners: National and local authorities, donors, the United Nations, other international and regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, commercial companies and academia. It does so by combining three distinct lines of service: field support focused on capacity development and advice, multilateral work focused on norms and standards, and research and development focused on cutting-edge solutions. The GICHD benefits from its location in Maison de la Paix in Geneva to cooperate closely with organisations dedicated to humanitarian action development, disarmament, peace and security.