Work With Us

Help Us Build Resilient Communities & Prevent Violent Extremism

GCERF is committed to preventing violent extremism through support to grassroots initiatives around the world. Our Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a small and dynamic team of dedicated professionals from diverse professional backgrounds. We work collaboratively to solve complex problems and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Partnerships and Governance coordinator

Meet GCERF’s Team


What can the private sector do to prevent violent extremism? That’s a question that Kristen O’Connell, GCERF’s lead on private sector partnerships, has been asked on repeat since she started developing the role three years ago. The answer includes through economic empowerment, skills and vocational training, in-kind and financial contributions – to name a few. More and more, however, Kristen has been asked a new question: how can we explain this to the private sector? During a recent virtual event, GCERF’s grantees and three private sector representatives from its Governing Board answered this question. Organised through GCERF’s global capacity-building event series, developed to address grantee needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, this event focused on the crucial differences between engaging a private sector audience versus the public sector. “Our role at GCERF is to enable grantees to form their own partnerships, rather than us do it for them,” Kristen said. “It’s much more important, particularly as our grants mature.” This corresponds with GCERF’s approach of empowering local actors to take the lead on building peace in their communities. As GCERF develops its strategy on private sector partnerships, Kristen will continue to focus on the capacity-building of grantees as a key element of this. “It’s clear that our role is as facilitator, to encourage and enable our local community partners to develop relationships with companies and businesses operating near them. It is the grantees who can speak about the local context and the impact that their projects have. They are the best ones to sell it,” she said. Kristen’s role as Partnerships and Governance Coordinator at GCERF builds on her previous experience working for global financial services company, where part of her role was to make complex financial concepts digestible. She left the post in New York to pursue her MA in International Peace Studies in Dublin.
Become a Team Member

Become a Team Member

There are no current openings

Provide a Service

Provide a Service

Procurement Opportunities

National Advisor - Somalia

GCERF is seeking a National Advisor_Somalia based in Mogadishu to lead coordination of grant making and management in-country. The National Advisor will visit GCERF-funded grant activities in Somalia and prepare monitoring reports as well as attend coordination meetings on preventing and countering violent extremism.  Applicants should complete the template provided in the link and submit their proposals to by 10 July 2020. 

Full details are available here: National Advisor_Somalia 

Procurement Opportunities

Grant Evaluation in Kenya

GCERF is seeking to commission a service provider who will evaluate a GCERF funded project in Kenya. The service provider will be responsible for elaborating the research design, collect the necessary data, analyse the data collected and produce a good quality report. Deadline for applications: 05 October 2021. More details here.

Conseiller National Niger (Consultant)

GCERF recherche un Conseiller national pour le Niger dans le cadre de ses activités prévues dans le pays, en coordination avec les Conseillers nationaux au Burkina Faso et Mali. Le candidat retenu, qui fera partie intégrante de l’équipe Sahel de GCERF, sera doté d’une vaste expertise en matière de stabilisation, de P/LEV et de gestion des programmes dans des pays fragiles et touchés par des conflits, qu’il mettra au service des activités de GCERF. Une expérience de la gestion productive des relations avec les parties prenantes internes et externes (dont les pouvoirs publics) serait un plus. Les offres doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 15 septembre 2021 par courrier ou coursier dans une enveloppe fermée adressée aux bureaux de GCERF et portant la mention « Référence d’appel d’offres : 2021-14 ». Les offres peuvent également être envoyées par courriel sous forme de fichiers PDF à l’adresse Plus de détails ici.