Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Geneva Call is looking for a Program Coordinator in Myanmar

Status :  open

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In situations of armed conflict, Geneva Call, as a neutral, impartial and independent international humanitarian foundation, endeavors to strengthen the respect of humanitarian norms and principles by armed non-State actors, in order to improve the protection of civilians, while supporting local communities in their efforts to enhance their own protection. Appel de Genève/Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit, humanitarian foundation under Swiss law, founded in 1998.


The Program Coordinator will provide technical oversight for Geneva Call (GC) activities and line management for GC project staff in Myanmar. S/he will support the Head of Mission to ensure that the program meets its objectives and generates high-quality deliverables on time and within budget. S/he will act as Head of Mission when requested.


  • Work under the supervision Head of Mission (Yangon based) and coordinate as appropriate with the HQ-based support departments of Administration/Finance, Communications and External relations, Policy and Legal Unit (PLU), Monitoring and Evaluation.Manage Myanmar Project Officers and operations staff in line with guidance from Head of Mission.
  • Coordinate with local and international civil society organizations, communicate and report as necessary to donors, represent Geneva Call in Myanmar among external stakeholders whenever necessary and requested by Head of Mission.
  • Ensures qualitative implementation and monitoring of Geneva Call's humanitarian response (humanitarian dialogue, research, community-based approach).
Strategy and program implementation:
  • Supports Head of Mission in development of country strategy;
  • Supports Head of Mission in analyzing the humanitarian and security situation in country and identifying areas of interest and potential work for Geneva Call;
  • Contributes to ensuring conflict sensitivity in country programs' design and planning;
  • Provides leadership for Myanmar team, helps ensure quality of management, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the country program, against Geneva Call tri annual strategy;
  • Oversees monitoring and evaluation of projects. Promotes sharing of learning with others and draws on learning from across Geneva Call and externally; help utilize the results to inform program decisions and enhance institutional knowledge;
  • Ensures humanitarian dialogue with ANSAs, communities and influential actors to promote compliance with humanitarian norms;
Safety management
  • Contributes to the anticipation and management of risks that could threaten the safety of the staff, operational viability and the organization’s reputation. Ensures Project Officers and GC activities in Myanmar are in line with Geneva Call policies.
Mission Management & Coordination
  • Contributes to GC resource management, program implementation and activities within country;
  • Helps build partnerships and represent GC in coordination fora;
  • Helps manage project-related staff, budgets, assets and funding as per GC procedures and donor requirements;
  • Contributes to transparent and timely project-related financial management, respecting deadlines and procedures;
  • Supports the mobilization of necessary resources (financial, logistics, HR) to implement the country programs and contribute to the growth of the mission.
Fundraising, communications and advocacy
  • Supports Head of Mission in ensuring that Geneva Call’s work in Myanmar is adequately funded. Contributes to building relationships with external donors and briefs them regularly on project-related developments;
  • Supports Head of Mission in representing Geneva Call in Myanmar. Works with internal and external audiences as necessary and requested to influence and inform decision-makers and opinion leaders in-country and within the international community; helps build alliances and networks within the humanitarian sector.

Main Qualifications

  • A relevant master’s degree is required;
  • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL)
Technical skills:
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills;
  • In-depth knowledge of Myanmar’s context and conflicts;
  • Commitment to diversity, gender equality and inclusion;
  • Experience working on diverse teams;
  • Proven ability to work well with colleagues and externalstakeholders from a wide range of geographic/ethnic/cultural/religious/ backgrounds.
Work experience:
  • Minimum 3 years equivalent work experience in a humanitarian organization, including in managing teams;
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring, team leadership and management;
  • Experience working in Myanmar;
  • Experience working in remote areas with limited comfort, particularly those affected by crisis and conflict;
  • Experience working independently, maintaining conflict-sensitivity, and advocating for the universality of human rights in areas affected by crisis and conflict;
  • Fluency in English (written and oral); Thai, Myanmar, or Chinese is an asset.
  • Outstanding flexibility; commitment to delivering high-quality results, including in challenging circumstances and through unconventional channels;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with experience of negotiations with a range of stakeholders from different backgrounds. Demonstrable experience of humanitarian dialogue with armed actors would be an asset;
  • Ability to work under pressure, travel frequently in conflict-affected areas and to prioritize numerous tasks to meet deadlines;

Conflict of Interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Appel de Genève/Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


  • One year contract renewable according to fundings
  • 100%


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, work certificate / recommendation letter and diploma in PDF format to, Ref: “PCMYA ” no later than 30.06.2019. All applications will be kept confidential. Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further process.
Strategy 2017-2019


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