Location: Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel

Start Date: As soon as possible. This is a long-term staff position with an initial contract of one year.

Full/part-time: Full time



Ageing, unstable and surplus ammunition stockpiles pose the dual risk of illicit diversion and accidental explosions, which aggravate and prolong conflicts. Safe and secure management of ammunition (SSMA) prevents against unwanted diversion to illicit markets, including to non-state armed groups, terrorists and transnational criminal organisations as well as preventing humanitarian disasters that result from explosions of munitions sites. Governments are increasingly engaged in improving ammunition safety and security within their borders and in cooperation with others.

In this setting, the GICHD and the United Nations jointly established the Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT): a response to the need for practical, authoritative and sustainable technical support to States in the safe, secure and effective management of ammunition. AMAT is a shared initiative in support of the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament, Securing Our Common Future, and its call for “disarmament that saves lives”, as well as the GICHD’s 2019-2022 Strategy.

The two AMAT Programme Managers will manage the lines of services, coordinate activities and develop partnerships with governments and national authorities in accordance with AMAT’s strategy and in close collaboration with the Technical Advisors. They will serve as the connecting link between AMAT, States and partner organisations, each in their area of responsibilities.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage AMAT projects and activities in accordance with the agreed work plan: objectives, priorities, and resources
  • Provide programme and policy advice and coordination support on ammunition management as requested by States, donors and international and regional organisations
  • Assist States in the development of strategies, action plans, standards and projects in conformity with the Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG), including measurable targets to a sustained enhancement of ammunition safety and security
  • Contribute to resource mobilisation efforts of AMAT and its partners; prepare funding proposals, programme concepts and budgets
  • Manage external grants to AMAT and monitor their use in accordance with contract agreements and reporting requirements. Report on assigned AMAT projects and activities; including through UN SaferGuard Programme and with partners outside the UN system
  • Design and organise tailored seminars and meetings pertaining to capacity development of States to match expertise, needs and resources
  • Conduct and coordinate research outreach to identify global SSMA activity, trends and implementation gaps. Develop and quality-assure the content for a global information platform on SSMA
  • Conduct field and desk assessments on ammunition stockpile management: organisations, policies and applied standards
  • Communicate and promote AMAT and UN SaferGuard activities in a proactive manner, including by contributing to articles, publications and other outreach materials of the AMAT

Profile requirements

Essential requirements

  • A post-graduate degree in a field relevant to SSMA, international security, international cooperation, and/or human security;
  • Knowledge of International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and other normative, globally accepted frameworks relevant to SALW/Conventional Ammunition/Explosives;
  • Proven comprehensive knowledge of multilateral processes relevant to capacity development of States and their armed forces, including in program management and coordination;
  • At least 5 years’ experience and competence in managing programmes, including budget, financial monitoring and reporting;
  • Expertise in bilateral work with States and development agencies, assisting organisational, national and regional capacity development in an area relevant to human security;
  • Extensive experience in working in different countries including in post-conflict environments, with armed forces and communities, appreciating unique and common challenges therein;
  • Service-minded attitude and ability to organise work and solve problems effectively;
  • Fluent in verbal and written English coupled with the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Desirable characteristics

  • Expertise in working with multilateral support and coordination mechanisms in arms control, disarmament and/or humanitarian fields;
  • Experience in the practical application of risk and quality management systems;
  • Experience in mainstreaming gender and diversity considerations into the services and products provided;
  • Working knowledge of French. Knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Swahili would be an asset as well;
  • Possesses a broad network of go-to contacts relevant to furthering the knowledge and outreach of AMAT;
  • Understanding of the concepts and practical application of Results Based Management.


To apply please follow this link GICHD Job Application Portal and register your candidacy through the online platform. Your application must be presented in English and include a CV of maximum 5 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.

About us

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.

Publication date : 20 February 2019