Senior Border Management Adviser / Senior SSR Advisor (100%) 29 views

  • DCAF
Closing date


  • Banjul


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For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD), we are seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next

Senior Border Management Adviser / Senior SSR Advisor (100%)

Location: Banjul, The Gambia

Starting date: 1 July 2021

Duration: 36 Months

DCAF in The Gambia

DCAF has been engaged in supporting the SSR process in The Gambia since 2017. In January 2021, DCAF launched a large-scale programme which aims to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of security institutions, with a particular focus on the Gambian Police Force (GPF). In July 2021, DCAF is launching a second programme component, which will last 36 months, aimed at providing complementary support to the reform of the Gambian Immigration Department (hereafter “GID programme”)

The role

The Senior Border Management Adviser / Senior SSR Advisor will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the GID programme, aimed at strengthening the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of this institution. Specifically, the programme will support GID in developing its policy and legal framework, strengthening its internal oversight framework, and improving the performance management and leadership skills of GID staff. He/she will be based in Banjul, The Gambia, and will report to the DCAF Banjul Head of Office.


1. Technical support to GID

As a Senior Border Management Adviser, and in line with the programme’s objectives and activities:

· Provide mentoring and technical and advisory support to members of the GID, Ministry of Interior and other actors;

· Support the development of policies, regulations or legal texts pertaining to the mandate and operations of the Immigration department, including with regard to border management;

· Provide specific expertise on technical issues such as internal control, including audit, resource management (operational efficiency, deployments), performance management, and leadership;

· Contribute to the design and delivery of training/workshops/seminars to GID or other stakeholders.

2. Programme management **

As DCAF’s in-country lead on the GID programme component:

· Manage all aspects of the implementation of the GID programme component within the planned budget and timeframe, in compliance with project documents;

· Coordinate and manage the work of a full-time national project officer, as well as short-term experts deployed in Banjul or to the regions;

· In close coordination and supervision of the national project officer, monitor and evaluate project implementation including data collection, internal or independent evaluations, and lessons learned;

· Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders;

· Ensure communication with the SSAD team in Geneva is seamless and comprehensive;

· Oversee execution of budget approved by management;

· Produce reports on the project development, implementation, with analysis of project achievements, challenges and lessons;

· Support the Head of DCAF Head of Banjul Office in the day to day functioning and management of the Office.



Advanced university degree in security studies, political science, law, international relations or a related field; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the field of border security and immigration management
  • A minimum of 4 years of international experience in the context of reform and governance of security institutions
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is an asset
  • Knowledgeable and in-depth understanding of security sector governance
  • Familiarity with project planning, design and implementation, budget management, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent communications skills, and a perfect command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent organization skills with strong attention to detail

· Familiarity with the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS, and other intergovernmental and/or regional organizations

We offer

· a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience**

· the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people**

  • the chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights**


How to apply

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to [email protected] by June 15, 2021 with the subject heading Application Senior Border Management Adviser Gambia, enclosing:

· a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF

· a concise CV (maximum two pages)

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.**

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