Programme Manager, Asia

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The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation that supports peace, security and international cooperation. Established by the Swiss Confederation in 1995, the Centre is a leading executive education centre, a platform for diplomatic dialogues, a provider of research and policy advice, and an incubator for innovative projects. The foundation board is comprised of 52 States (including all the permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations) and the Canton of Geneva. With our principles of impartiality, independence, and inclusiveness, we foster strategic, innovative, and critical thinking in all our activities.

At GCSP we pride ourselves on our multinational team of experts as well as an ever-growing alumni community of over 9,000 international professionals with global influence.

Do you share our values and commitments? Are you interested in joining our highly motivated and dedicated team of 80 persons? If you are entrepreneurial, results-driven and a team player who is dedicated to making our stakeholders live an unforgettable experience, you may be our future:


Programme Manager, Asia

Diplomatic Dialogue Department

100% - open-ended contract

this position is based in Geneva
frequent travel is expected

The Diplomatic Dialogue department at the GCSP works to create or reinforce communication channels between states, or other actors who can influence states, with a view to strengthening trust and understanding, reducing tensions, or preventing or resolving conflict. Drawing on our inhouse expertise and widespread global networks, we facilitate inclusive, discreet dialogue to support Track 1 actors and processes, and to inform Track 2 actors (“decision shapers”) with a view to generating creative and policy-oriented approaches to addressing security challenges, defusing tensions, and building trust and confidence.

In that context, the GCSP is looking for a Programme Manager who, in coordination with the Head of Diplomatic Dialogue, will guide and coordinate the activities of the Diplomatic Dialogue department in Asia.

The position involves the following responsibilities:


  • Coordinate existing dialogue activities relevant to diplomatic dialogue in the Asia region, particularly Northeast Asia (including GCSP’s Zermatt process).
  • Develop dialogue activities in South Asia with a possible focus on India and the Indo-Pacific
  • Propose and develop new dialogue projects, in consultation with the head of Diplomatic Dialogue.
  • Advise GCSP colleagues on substantive issues related to Asia and develop inputs for courses or other activities in cross-programmatic support.
  • Cultivate relevant networks among policymakers, the thinktank community and other relevant interlocutors, both in Northeast Asia and more broadly in the region.
  • Contribute to GCSP’s strategy for partnership growth and resource mobilisation to build-up Diplomatic Dialogue, through deepening GCSP’s networks in the region and engaging in fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in the implementation of other GCSP programme activities (courses, research, policy dialogues, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Represent the GCSP in relevant national and international fora, conferences and events that contribute to achieving programme objectives and promoting the Centre in Asia.



  • Doctoral or Master’s degree, in International Affairs, Political Science, International Law, Humanitarian Studies, Risk Management, or any other field directly relevant to the GCSP’s mission.
  • 7-10 years of functional experience at think tanks, academia, governments, and/or international or non-governmental organisations.
  • Diplomatic experience (preferred) or significant experience in the international settings.
  • Experience in identifying and designing dialogue activities and their subsequent implementation, monitoring and reporting.



  • Existing network of policy shapers (think tanks, experts) and ideally relevant officials in Northeast Asia.
  • Thorough knowledge of conflicts and security issues in the Asia region, particularly Northeast Asia.
  • Proven track record of fundraising skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of dialogue dynamics and processes.
  • Excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of regional languages, in particular Chinese or Korean, is an asset.
  • Strong management and coordination skills.
  • Extremely organised, able to multitask, and attentive to details.
  • Hands-on attitude, demonstrating both strategic and operational competences.
  • Good IT skills, proficiency in Windows environment is expected.


If you see yourself undertaking this ambitious challenge, we are keen to receive your full application file (CV and cover letter) on [email protected] until 9 July 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in October 2022 or upon agreement. The GCSP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages applications of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds. 

*For non-EU / EFTA citizens: Please state your eligibility status to work in Switzerland and note that if you do not own a valid Swiss work permit, the GCSP cannot guarantee your final employment due to authority regulations.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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