Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Programme Director for Asia Programmes

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Appel de Genève / Geneva Call is looking for a Programme Director for its Asia Programmes

Appel de Genève / Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1998 under Swiss law.

Geneva Call is a neutral and impartial humanitarian non-governmental organization that engages with armed non-State actors (ANSAs) to promote their respect for international humanitarian norms in armed conflicts and other situations of armed violence, in particular regarding the protection of civilians.

Geneva Call is registered as a Foundation under Swiss law. It carried out 44 projects in 19 countries in 2016, with an annual budget of approximately CHF 5.8 million.


The Head of Region for Asia will contribute to and implement Geneva Call’s operational strategy by providing vision and strategic direction for countries where Geneva Call is currently operating (Burma/Myanmar, India, Philippines, Thailand) and developing (Afghanistan, Kashmir). She/he has the overall responsibility of Geneva Call operations, positioning, reputation and perception in the concerned region. She/he will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the region, ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact, and effective financial and human resource management in line with Geneva Call policies. Last but not least, the Head of Region is responsible of the overall security of Geneva Call’s staff and operations in her/his region according to the security policy and guidelines.


Leading Geneva Call operations at the regional level
  • Analyse strategic-level trends related to armed conflicts and other situations of violence as well as broader geo-political developments to support the achievement of Geneva Call overall objectives and initiate, implement and develop operations according to Geneva Call operational frameworks and means.
  • Ensure the appropriate design, implementation, monitoring and review of the Geneva Call regional field operations, in line with Geneva Call programmatic guidelines with a focus on planning and results based management.
  • Contribute to the Geneva Call new operational framework agenda, in particular the devolution of responsibility to the field with a view to increasing the organization’s agility and effectiveness by the creation of field structures and accompany their development.
  • Lead and supervise her/his team working in the region to maximise effective use of resources to ensure that the objectives of Geneva Call operational strategy are well implemented in her/his region.
  • Ensure that programmes/projects in countries with no dedicated programme manager, are well followed up.
Develop and nurture a network of high level regional stakeholders
  • Ensure that a network of relevant ANSAs is well mapped at a regional level with clear engagement opportunities for Geneva Call operations.
  • Engage frequently with high-level stakeholders such as State authorities, political, Civil Society and religious leaders to secure appropriate support for Geneva Call operations.
  • Actively contribute to Geneva Call public communication, raising awareness about the work of the organization in a way that reinforces Geneva Call influence, access and response.
  • Represent Geneva Call in regional forums and other venues, when relevant for the organization.
  • Ensure that durable and sustainable partnerships are created and developed, in line with Geneva Call partnership policy, with other organizations (local or international) with the aim of facilitating and strengthening the work of Geneva Call in the field.
Developing and maintain a sustainable access, safety and security
  • Maintain and strengthen Geneva Call’s role as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian actor, positioning the organization and its operations within the region with a view to gaining maximum access to ANSAs, influential stakeholders and affected populations.
  • Ensure that Geneva Call staff is working safely and in accordance with the appropriate security guidelines, make sure that duty of care is applied when working with other partners.
  • Set up and lead security crisis cells whenever needed with the support of the Director of Operations and concerned support departments.
Contributing to the overall direction of the organization
  • As a member of the team lead by the Director of Operations, help to define the general direction and overall strategy of operations and ensure the implementation of priorities outlined in the organization’s institutional strategy. Work closely with other Heads of Region and participate in workshops and other internal meetings as appropriate.
  • With the support of the Director of Operations and the fundraising officer, she/he is responsible of ensuring that all projects and programmes in her/his region are being financed and has the overall budget responsibility for the concerned region.
Management responsibilities
  • Identify staffing needs, assist in the recruitment process, select and manage (including coaching and evaluating) staff assigned to the region.
  • Supervise the programme managers working in her/his region and any other staff when relevant.
  • Ensure that the necessary information is gathered to assess engagement potential, monitor the implementation of activities, revise activities according to new developments and evaluate the impact of programmes.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of the region’s yearly work plans, budgets, monitoring formats, and donor proposals and reports.
  • Participate in internal meetings including organizational, operational and desk meetings.
  • Manage the flow of information for the region, both internally and externally, ensure the proper procedures and mechanisms are followed.
  • Make sure that all relevant information is well managed, analyzed and used effectively for Geneva Call operations and policies.
  • Monitor the implementation of activities in the region both to see that outputs, outcomes and expected results are achieved, the budget is respected, and donor requirements are fulfilled.

Main Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of operational experience in the humanitarian field preferably in conflict affected countries, including in management positions. Experience in Asian countries would be an asset;
  • Experience of capacity building and mentoring, team leadership and management
  • Strong knowledge of project management cycles, fundraising concepts;
  • A relevant Master degree is required or equivalent experience, knowledge of International Humanitarian Law is an asset;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with experience of negotiation with weapon bearers and other high level stakeholders. Demonstrable experience of engaging with ANSAs would be an asset;
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high level external representation and ability to tailor communications to different audiences;
  • Proven experience in crisis and security management;
  • Excellent ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically;
  • Ability to work under pressure, travel frequently in conflict-affected countries, and to handle numerous tasks simultaneously;
  • Strong organizational and reporting skills;
  • Excellent command of English and French (both oral and written).
  • Demonstrable computer literacy, including the MS package;
  • Swiss citizen, C permit or the appropriate status to obtain a valid work permit according to current Swiss legislation.

Conflict of Interest

Any candidate affiliated to or openly supporting one or more interest groups contrary to the principles and values of Geneva Call, or whose previous activity could cause difficulties for the safety of women and men co-workers at Geneva Call will be excluded from this selection process.


  • Full time position, 100 %
  • Open ended contract
  • Based in Geneva with regular field missions
  • Preferred start date: 1 January 2017


Online applications (letter of intent and CV) must be sent by 30 September 2016 to Applications will be treated in strict confidence.


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CH-1224 Chêne-Bougeries
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