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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.
Mali National Adviser

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“Close your eyes for a second,” says Moctar Kané, the GCERF National Adviser for Mali. “Imagine sitting in a community in Mali, you hear birds singing, you hear the noise of people pounding millet and preparing for lunch. You hear kids running to school. Life is normal. The day is going well. “And all of a sudden, you just hear the ricocheting sound of an AK47 or a machine gun. In a fraction of a second, your perspective on life has changed.”
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This is how Moctar, an Oxford graduate and recently elected Youth Ambassador for the African Union, explains the “existential threat” that hangs over childhood in the parts of Mali that are vulnerable to radicalisation. It is not always a lack of opportunity, or a lost sense of community that drives a person into violent extremism. Sometimes, it is the fear that what a person has can quickly be taken away. “It’s not that they all lack jobs, some want to protect their current means of survival,” he said. Mali has been gripped with a series of crises in recent years, including a secessionist rebellion and military coup in 2012, a bourgeoning narcotics trade in the country’s north, inter-community violence, banditry, a dysfunctional justice system and organised crime.

“Mali has become a cocktail of instability,” Moctar said. This is why a piece-meal approach to violent extremism is not the answer.

Moctar said the GCERF model of bringing together a range of actors is critical, including both national and local governments, as well as civil society actors. He believes programmes targeting youth are the most important for stemming radicalisation in Mali.

“Youth are the ones fighting the battles. They provide the manpower, take all the risks, and do the fighting,” he said. “People like to think that the youth are the future but this skips an essential step – they are the present and it’s not the leaders of extremist groups taking arms and fighting. No, it’s the kids who have been marginalised, who have been dispossessed, and found themselves in deprived situations and with no hope.”

That is what motivates his work for GCERF. Moctar wants to prevent children from living through violence because “it rewires how you see the world at an age when all you need is love and care”. Moctar has been struck by the level of detail in proposals submitted to GCERF for the upcoming round of activities due to start in Mali this year and is optimistic about the change they can bring. “It just takes one person to believe and the sequence will kick start,” he said.
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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 bids@gcerf.org by 10 July 2020. 

Full details are available here: National Advisor_Somalia 

Procurement Opportunities

National Coordinator Bangladesh (Consultancy)

GCERF is looking for a National Programme Coordinator (Coordinator) to support its current programming activities in Bangladesh. The successful applicant will combine relevant expertise in P/CVE, and programme management to support GCERF’s programming activities. GCERF is seeking a candidate with a good knowledge of P/CVE programming, grant management in Bangladesh context. Female candidates and applicants from marginalised ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will speak the national language and is able to travel to project sites. Proposals should be sent latest by 31 April 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: RFP2021-11”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Conseiller National Niger (Accord de Conseil)

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. Les femmes et les personnes issues de groupes ethniques marginalisés sont vivement invitées à postuler. Le candidat retenu exercera ses fonctions depuis Niamey et se rendra régulièrement sur les sites de mise en oeuvre des projets. Il devra parler au moins une langue officielle du pays. GCERF n’organisera pas l’installation de personnes venant de l’étranger au Niger. Les offres doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 15 avril 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 bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Niger National Advisor (Consultancy)

GCERF is looking for a National Advisor for Niger to support its upcoming programmingin Niger,in coordination with National Advisors in Burkina Faso and Mali. An integral member of GCERF’s Sahel team, the successful applicant will combine relevant expertise in stabilisation, P/CVE, and programme management in Fragile and Conflict Affected contexts (FCAS) to support GCERF’s programming activities. Female candidates and applicants from marginalised ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be based in Niamey with regular travel to project sites. (S)he will speak 1 or more national languages. GCERF will not relocate persons from abroad to Niger. Proposals should be sent latest by 15 April 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-14”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Conseiller National Burkina Faso (Accord de Conseil)

GCERF recherche un Conseiller national pour le Burkina Faso dans le cadre de ses activités prévues dans le pays, en coordination avec les Conseillers nationaux au Mali et Niger. 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. Les femmes et les personnes issues de groupes ethniques marginalisés sont vivement invitées à postuler. Le candidat retenu exercera ses fonctions depuis Ouagadougou et se rendra régulièrement sur les sites de mise en oeuvre des projets. Il devra parler au moins une langue officielle du pays. GCERF n’organisera pas l’installation de personnes venant de l’étranger au Burkina Faso. Les offres doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 15 avril 2021 par courrier ou coursier dans une enveloppe fermée adressée aux bureaux de GCERF et portant la mention « Référence d’appel d’offres : 2021-13 ». Les offres peuvent également être envoyées par courriel sous forme de fichiers PDF à l’adresse bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Burkina Faso National Advisor (Consultancy)

GCERF is seeking a candidate with an good knowledge of P/CVE programming, grant making, and grant management in the Sahel context. Female candidates and applicants from marginalised ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be based in Ouagadougou with regular travel to project sites. (S)he will speak 1 or more national languages. GCERF will not relocate persons from abroad to Burkina Faso. Proposals should be sent latest by 15 April 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-13”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Conseiller National Mali (Accord de conseil)

GCERF recherche un Conseiller national pour le Mali dans le cadre de ses activités actuelles dans le pays. 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. Les femmes et les personnes issues de groupes ethniques marginalisés sont vivement invitées à postuler. Le candidat retenu exercera ses fonctions depuis Bamako et se rendra régulièrement sur les sites de mise en oeuvre des projets. Il devra parler au moins une langue officielle du pays. GCERF n’organisera pas l’installation de personnes venant de l’étranger au Mali. Les offres doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 15 avril 2021 par courrier ou coursier dans une enveloppe fermée adressée aux bureaux de GCERF et portant la mention « Référence d’appel d’offres : 2021-12 ». Les offres peuvent également être envoyées par courriel sous forme de fichiers PDF à l’adresse bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Mali National Advisor (Consultancy)

GCERF is looking for a National Advisor for Mali to support its current programming activities in Mali. An integral member of GCERF’s Sahel team, the successful applicant will combine relevant expertise in stabilisation, P/CVE, and programme management in Fragile and Conflict Affected contexts (FCAS) to support GCERF’s programming activities. Female candidates and applicants from marginalised ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be based in Bamako with regular travel to project sites. (S)he will speak 1 or more national languages. GCERF will not relocate persons from abroad to Mali. Proposals should be sent latest by 15 April 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-12”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Local Knowledge Partner Philippines

GCERF is seeking to enter into an agreement with a local institution to work closely with GCERF’s National Advisor, based in Manila, and with the Philippine Portfolio Manager, based in Geneva. The purpose is to evaluate, train and/research GCERF current grants/grantees, whose projects are mainly located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Proposals should be sent latest by 31 March 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-04”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Tunisia National Coordinator (Consultancy)

GCERF is seeking a National Coordinator with good knowledge of P/CVE programming, grant making, and grant management in the Tunisian context. The Tunisia National Coordinator will be based in Tunis and will travel regularly to the project sites where GCERF’s civil society partners are implementing projects, to engage with grantees, communities, and local government representatives. Female candidates and people from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. GCERF will not relocate persons from abroad to Tunisia. Proposals should be sent latest by 16 April 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-10”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Nigeria National Coordinator (Consultancy)

GCERF is seeking a Nigerian candidate with good knowledge of P/CVE programming, grant making, and grant management in the Nigeria context to support the GCERF Country Team. The Nigeria National Coordinator will be based in Abuja and will travel regularly to the project sites where GCERF’s civil society partners are implementing projects, to engage with grantees, communities, and local government representatives. Female candidates and people from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. GCERF will not relocate persons from abroad to Nigeria. Proposals should be sent latest by 29 March 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-09”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.

Western Balkans Regional Advisor (Consultancy)

GCERF is recruiting a Regional Advisor (Consultant) to support grant-making and grant-management operations in the Western Balkans. We are seeking a candidate with a good knowledge of Rehabilitation, Reintegration, and Resocialisation (RRR) of returnees from conflict zones, as well as grant making, grant management and, more generally, preventing Violent Extremism. Proposals should be sent latest by 19 March 2021 by mail or courier in a closed envelope to GCERF’s offices clearly marked “Bid reference: 2021-08”. The proposal may also be submitted by email in the form of “pdf files”. The email should be addressed to bids@gcerf.org. More details here.