Location: Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel

Division: External Relations, Policy and Cooperation Programme

Start Date: June 2019. This is a long-term staff position with an initial contract of one year.

Full/part-time: Full time


GICHD’s policy work aims at strengthening the connection between explosive risk reduction and broader agendas, stimulating reflections and influencing the sector’s response to a constantly changing policy and operational landscape. The complexity of contamination in current conflicts, humanitarian access, gender equality or the relevance of development, security and good governance considerations are prominent issues addressed by GICHD’s policy work. The latter also comprises research to inform international policy and normative processes with evidence.

This position is dedicated to furthering and disseminating GICHD policy work and providing advice to both the GICHD and its partners on policy-related topics. The Advisor for External Relations and Policy sustains relations with existing partners from the peace, security and development sectors, and explores new cross-sectoral partnerships, including with academia. He/she represents the GICHD at meetings and working groups related to peace, security and development among others within the Maison de la paix (MdP), contributes actively to strategic reflections within the GICHD and supports the work of the external relations, policy and cooperation programme division. He/she also coordinates the planning and reporting on GICHD’s immediate strategy outcome “International normative and policy processes are informed by evidence”.

Main Responsibilities

  • Manage the projects on documenting the humanitarian and development impact of anti-vehicle mines and on mainstreaming the SDGs into mine action (budgeting, implementation, donor reporting and dissemination of findings).
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative research on the humanitarian and development effects of explosive ordnance, in close exchange with partners from the field.
  • Provide training and advice to partners on SDG mainstreaming into mine action.
  • Provide policy support to GICHD management and governance, including on the implementation of the GICHD Strategy 2019-2022.
  • Conduct or commission case studies, reviews, and evaluations, particularly on the links between mine action, peace, security and development.
  • Draft and update project briefs, theories of change, concept papers, project initiation documents, and funding proposals, as well as narrative and financial reports for submission to donors, in line with the result-based management system of the GICHD.
  • Identify needs from the field, trends and evolution within and beyond the mine action and ammunition management sectors.
  • Promote and participate in policy debates on relevant topics in international Geneva, at the MdP in particular, and foster cross-sectoral partnerships.
  • Provide general or thematic presentations to partners and diplomatic representatives.
  • Organise and participate in workshops, meetings and seminars to promote the above-mentioned topics, typically in partnership with other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other GICHD sections.

Profile requirements

  • An advanced university degree in development, economics, political sciences or any other relevant discipline.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in human security, disarmament, small arms control and/or mine action programmes/projects in an international context
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of topics related to peace, security and development.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse cultures.
  • Competence in project management; ability to coordinate simultaneous activities/projects
  • Excellent drafting, conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Availability to travel periodically abroad
  • Fluency in verbal and written English and French. German is an asset.
  • Experience in, or understanding of, gender and diversity-inclusive programming.


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 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.



Publication date : 16 April 2019