Country Programme Coordinator

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Geneva, Switzerland
Part-time Staff


Geneva, Switzerland, with regular travel


Initially from August 2017 to December 2018

Full/part time

60% to 100% of full time
starting at 60% of full-time, the position may evolve to a full time in the course of the contract, based on operational needs and the availability of funds.

Closing date for applications

12th July 2017



The Country Programme Coordinator is a new function within the GICHD that will play an essential role in the organisation-wide project piloting a country programme approach. Under the Director of Operations and in coordination with the Heads of Divisions and the Results-based Management Systems Advisor, the Country Programme Coordinator will test this approach for one of our partner countries and contribute to its further development. Operating within the existing Results-based Management Systems (RBM), s/he will provide overall programming coherence, coordination and results-based management for the GICHD package of support interventions in this country, according to the jointly identified programme outcomes (see „What we do“). S/he will ensure sound budget follow-up and financial management of the country programme and foster the coordination between several GICHD divisions participating in the programme. The Country Programme Coordinator will also ensure that lessons learnt are effectively shared within the GICHD, incorporated into the on-going implementation of activities and integrated into the monitoring of the country programme objectives.



Design and resource mobilization

  • Design, plan, manage and monitor the country programme, consisting of a coherent country support package, and the related financial resources, in accordance with the established RBM and financial processes and tools.
  • In liaison with the RBM Systems Advisor, ensure that the country programme is based on a Theory of Change developed in collaboration with national partners.
  • Compile the country programme into donor proposals; through Donor Coordinators, follow up on donor proposals submission and contracting and ensure acceptance and close-out of programme with the relevant donors.
  • Mainstream gender and diversity inclusive considerations at all stages of the programme.
  • Liaise with the Support and Administration Division to incorporate country-specific financial plans into the internal financial control systems.


Implementation and resource management

  • Liaise regularly with the country(ies)’ national authorities and get acquainted with the governing and managing bodies of these authorities.
  • Act as the “Country Focal Point” for the country(ies) in his/her portfolio. Organise and coordinate the interventions of a GICHD country team.
  • Coordinate with Heads of Divisions to ensure availability of staff and funding resources.


Monitoring and reporting

  • In liaison with the RBM Systems Advisor, design a monitoring and evaluation process for the country programme.
  • Monitor the delivery of the country programme and highlight any problems or difficulties to relevant managers (Director of Operations or 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 (Director of Operations and Heads of Divisions) to implement corrective action when budget deviations, deliverable quality or deliverable delays fall out of agreed acceptance margins.



  • Ensure that regular country programme evaluations are carried out and the lessons learnt contribute to the steering of this pilot project and to the GICHD’s overall learning and development.

Profile requirements

Essential requirements

  • Several years international experience as project and/or programme manager, in the nexus of  humanitarian affairs, development cooperation, disarmament, post-conflict recovery and reconstruction or other relevant field
  • Administration, monitoring and reporting of donor funds, multi-year budgets and programme finances
  • Ability to plan and coordinate, in a matrix organization, the human resources contributing to the project/programme
  • Ability to communicate clearly and constructively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of individual and organisation-wide results
  • Understanding and experience in mainstreaming gender and diversity topics throughout programmes and services
  • Languages: excellent verbal and written English; fluency in verbal and written Spanish
  • Availability to travel occasionally and operate in potentially unstable regions


Desirable characteristics:

  • Expertise in Results-based Design, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Exposure to Mine Action
  • A post-graduate degree, diploma or equivalent vocational qualification in a relevant field of study
  • Working knowledge of French, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or another language practiced in mine-ERW affected countries

The incumbent will be recruited locally and will not be eligible to any international relocation benefit.



To apply please follow this link GICHD Job Application Portal and submit 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

In a world where human security is still hindered by explosive hazards, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity. This support covers all aspects of mine action: strategic, managerial, operational and institutional. The GICHD works for mine action that is not an end in itself but contributes to the broader objective of human security – freedom from fear and freedom from want. This effort is facilitated by the GICHD's location within the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.


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Closing date: 
12th July 2017
Start date: 
8th January 2017
5 months