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Programme Officer Opportunity: Democracy and Multilateralism at Kofi Annan Foundation

Programme Officer Opportunity: Democracy and Multilateralism at Kofi Annan Foundation

Are you passionate about global governance, democracy, and international cooperation? The Kofi Annan Foundation is seeking a dedicated Programme Officer to join our Democracy and Multilateralism Team in Geneva, Switzerland. This is your chance to contribute to meaningful projects that align with Kofi Annan’s vision of democratic, stable, and peaceful societies.


The Kofi Annan Foundation is looking for a Programme Officer for its Democracy and Multilateralism Programmes. This full-time, open-ended position is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in international relations, political science, or related fields, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Interested candidates should send their CV and letter of motivation in English to by 11:59 pm CEST, 31 July 2024.

Key Responsibilities

Supporting Democracy and Elections:

  • Assist with project development and delivery within the Democracy Programme, ensuring alignment with project designs and expectations.
  • Manage day-to-day operations and oversee content development, including background papers and final reports.
  • Organize meetings and events.
  • Support fundraising activities by designing funding proposals and liaising with donors.

Promoting Multilateralism:

  • Contribute to building awareness of strategies and policies that facilitate multilateral solutions to global challenges.
  • Participate in special projects and initiatives such as op-eds, lectures, awards, and exhibitions that honor Kofi Annan’s legacy.
  • Prepare speeches, talking points, and other written outputs for senior members of the Foundation.
  • Conduct background research on current affairs and policy developments relevant to the Foundation’s work.

Essential Competencies

  • Organizational Skills: Excellent planning and organizational abilities.
  • Communication Skills: Strong advocacy, diplomatic, and interpersonal skills.
  • Drafting Skills: Very good English-language drafting capabilities.
  • Adaptability: Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress, and adapt to changing situations.
  • Creativity and Initiative: Resourcefulness and openness to change.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to establish effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in development studies, international relations, political science, social sciences, international law, or closely related fields. Exceptional candidates with relevant experience and a first-level university degree are encouraged to apply.
  • Professional Experience: 3-5 years of relevant experience, with solid knowledge of global issues related to democracy and multilateralism. Experience in the multilateral system or within democracy promotion organizations is highly valued.
  • Languages: Proficiency in English is required; knowledge of French is an advantage.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your CV and letter of motivation in English with “Programme Officer DEM” in the subject line to Early applications will be prioritized, and the deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CEST, 31 July 2024. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications earlier if necessary.

About the Kofi Annan Foundation

The Kofi Annan Foundation is dedicated to promoting democratic governance and effective multilateralism. In line with Kofi Annan’s vision, the Foundation supports countries in strengthening their elections and democratic processes, advocates for human rights, and nurtures the next generation of influential leaders. Our work in the Multilateralism Programme aims to build greater awareness of the importance of multilateral solutions to global problems through various projects and initiatives that reflect Kofi Annan’s values.

Join Us

Join us in our mission to advance democracy and multilateralism globally. Apply today and become a part of a team committed to creating a more democratic and inclusive world.