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WILPF Is Looking for a Disarmament Programme Manager

We are looking for a full time (100% work-rate) Disarmament Programme Manager to work within our Disarmament Programme (Reaching Critical Will) in support of the organisation’s goals for demilitarisation and disarmament, as outlined in WILPF’s International Programme 2022-2025.

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WILPF International Secretariat
25 January 2023

Job Purpose and Definition

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is a leading global organisation focused on addressing the root causes of violence through a feminist lens. We are working to create a world of permanent peace built on feminist foundations of freedom, justice, nonviolence, human rights, and equality for all.

The successful candidate will take initiative and demonstrate strong leadership across the programme’s main activities: monitoring and reporting of UN and other disarmament forums; coordinating with other civil society actors; conducting research, writing, and editing; and will support in the overall management of the programme. The successful candidate works well as part of a team and can multi-task effectively. The Disarmament Programme Manager reports to the Disarmament Programme Director and will manage other team members, including interns, as needed, and regularly coordinates with staff across WILPF programmes and National Sections.

About WILPF: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN). Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means and promoting political, economic and social justice for all.

About Reaching Critical Will: Reaching Critical Will (RCW) is the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Since its creation in 1999, the program works to facilitate a broader and deeper knowledge of issues related to disarmament and arms control of many different weapon systems; militarism and military spending; and gendered aspects of the impact of weapons and of disarmament processes.

The Disarmament Programme Manager supports the DisarmamentProgramme Director with the following tasks: project implementation;  monitor, analyse, and report on disarmament forums, engage with diplomats, coordinate civil society actors,  conduct research and write policy analysis, and contribute to fundraising through grant writing and reporting.

Main Responsibilities

Advance WILPF’s Disarmament work

  • Attend, monitor, and report on multilateral meetings on disarmament issues, in coordination with the programme director and other RCW staff.
  • Work to enhance and coordinate NGO participation in international disarmament forums, by establishing and maintaining good relationships with NGO partners, UN officials,  government representatives, and others.
  • Oversee and/or implement other activities in the area of disarmament, such as research reports, advocacy submissions, information resource production, and campaign actions, in consultation with the RCW Programme Director and other WILPF International programmes.
  • As necessary, serve as the WILPF representative in various  steering groups of disarmament coalitions. Represent WILPF in coalitions, working groups, at events and at meetings, including by providing presentations or delivering statements, as needed and with agreement by the RCW Programme Director.
  • Act as civil society coordinator, in cooperation with other RCW staff, for certain disarmament forums at the UN.

Programme management

  • Assist with programme operations,  including drafting or updating proposals and reporting to funders.
  • Support the programme in the monitoring of ongoing work to ensure accuracy of activities vis-à-vis contractual and grant commitments.
  • Contribute to the programme’s internal Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) process as necessary.
  • Adhere to administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support the Finance Team with accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities.
  • Lead on recruitment, coordination, supervision, and management of disarmament interns and consultants, as relevant.

Coordination within WILPF

  • Collaborate with other WILPF programmes, particularly with Human Rights and Women, Peace and Security, to ensure WILPF’s disarmament programme is operating effectively within WILPF’s integrated programme approach.
  • Identify new opportunities for collaborative work within WILPF.
  • Liaise with WILPF Sections and members who are interested in working on disarmament related activities; amplify their work within international fora.
  • Provide knowledge-sharing on disarmament within WILPF on an ad-hoc basis, such as through talks and presentations, reviewing materials, etc.


  • Participate in the creation of all RCW publications, papers, fact sheets, and newsletters, including but not limited to the E-News, NPT News in Review, First Committee Monitor, Small Arms Monitor, and ATT Monitor.
  • Design and layout WILPF’s disarmament publications or liaises with designers, publishers, and printers as relevant.
  • Help to identify new opportunities for projects that advance the visibility, goals, and policies of WILPF’s disarmament work.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the RCW website and social media sites in consultation with other WILPF staff.
  • Prepare drafts or assists with the monthly RCW E-News, disarmament contributions to the WILPF newsletter, WILPF annual report, and other relevant publications.
  • Assist with research, writing, and editing RCW newsletters, publications, and fact sheets.

Interdependencies and Reporting

The Disarmament Programme Manager reports to the Disarmament Programme Director, currently based in New York. The Disarmament Programme Manager will manage RCW staff, interns, and consultants based globally. The Disarmament Programme Manager willcoordinate with WILPF staff and WILPF National Sections based in New York, Geneva, and worldwide as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to WILPF’s feminist values and to engaging partners based on collaboration and trust. Demonstrated commitment to feminist peace and gender equality.
  • Demonstrated expertise on disarmament and knowledge of the intersection of disarmament, feminism, and gender.
  • Demonstrated experience working in international networks, campaigns, and contexts.
  • Substantial advocacy experience and demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent planning, coordination, and prioritisation skills; capable of rapid and quality turn around, while managing a high workload.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team, both co-located and remote. Enthusiastic and reliable team player, yet independent and self-reliant. Ability to be self-motivated and to take initiative as needed.
  • Exceptional ability to motivate, mentor, and coordinate staff and consultants, and orchestrate effective communication among staff, interns / fellows, technical team, international staff, diplomatic and INGO partners, and global peace advocates.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills in English required. Demonstrated experience writing donor proposals, reports, and managing grant requirements.
  • Strong computer skills: fluency in MS Office applications; experienced in managing or developing website CMS platforms, traditional and social media (press releases, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and electronic newsletters (e.g., MailChimp). InDesign experience is an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to form and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Fluency in another language is a plus, specifically prior research and analysis experience conducted in a foreign language.

Education and Experience

A university degree in gender, human rights, international relations, journalism, law, social science, or a related field is required.

5-7 years of experience in disarmament or a related field, preferably in a non-governmental or non-profit organisation.


WILPF will provide the RCW Programme Manager with compensation commensurate with experience. Compensation will also be based on the location of the selected candidate.

The Geneva based annual salary range for the position is 74,000 CHF  – 90,000 CHF.
The New York based annual salary range for the position is $67,772 USD – $84,527 USD.

Start Date and Work Schedule

ASAP, with a February 2023 start date if possible.

This is a full-time position at 100% work rate (40 hours/week)


Preferably in New York City or Geneva. This position can be remote, with availability to travel to required, in-person meetings and events to fulfill the duties of the position. Office space is available in New York City and/or Geneva if preferred to work onsite.


Please send a resumé or CV and a cover letter to with “Disarmament Programme Manager” in the subject line. Please note that any applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Deadline for application submissions is Thursday, February 2, 2023.

WILPF thanks all applicants for your interest; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.

WILPF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity employer, WILPF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, ethnic or social origin, disability, religion, or belief. During the different stages of the recruitment process, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

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