Country Manager

The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 23

Position description

Responsible for ‘end-to-end’ grant-making and grant-management activities and managing in-country donor and government relationships in designated countries.

Contract duration: 12 months

Required travel: 40%

Principal accountabilities and ownership

1.          Operational grant making and management: Responsible for collaborating with other Country Managers to ensure efficient, effective, and compliant grant making and management of GCERF portfolio. 

2.          Relationship management: Responsible for strengthening in-country relations with government agencies including but not limited to the Country Support Mechanisms, donor representatives, and other key stakeholders such as the UN through regular, strategic, and systematic engagement in designated countries. 

3.          Thematic focal point: Responsible for developing and promoting GCERF’s expertise on specific themes (PVE, gender, ethics, etc.) in collaboration with other Country Managers.



  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Social Sciences, Business or related topic
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in development, NGOs or foundations
  • At least 4 years of field experience, preferably in more than one country including but not limited to GCERF partner countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Kosovo, Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Tunisia)
  • At least 4 years of experience working with donors and government officials 

Technical skills

  • Strong knowledge of the socio-political environment and civil society organisations is an asset. 
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of programme design and development, project cycle management, and financial budgeting and reporting. 
  • Experience of working alongside a wide range of grantees with skill and sensitivity, including community-based and grassroots organisations. 
  • In-depth understanding of the work, challenges of community-based, and grassroots organisations an asset. 
  • Experience of working with Consortium funding models an asset. 
  • Strong Project Management skills 
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of French (B2-level) is a must; knowledge of Arabic is a plus

Personal skills and attributes 

• Proactivity and innovation

• Diplomacy

• Ability to work in a start-up environment 

• Flexibility 

• Drive for results 

• Teamwork and flexibility

• Effective communications

• Good judgement, informed and fair decision-making

• Entrepreneurial spirit


The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is a global fund that works with local partners to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism. 

GCERF is currently active in 7 countries: Bangladesh, Kenya, Kosovo, Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines, Tunisia and soon in Somalia and Sri Lanka.


  • All recruitments are subject to availability of funding.
  • Our offices are located in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • GCERF offers competitive salaries and benefits package.

GCERF is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

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