29 Nov 2019

About the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC)

GAAMAC’s mission is to support states that engage in the development of national architectures for the prevention of atrocities (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing).

GAAMAC is a community of commitment composed of states, civil society and academic institutions that pledges to prevent atrocities by establishing national prevention mechanisms and policies. Since its inception in 2013, GAAMAC has grown into a well-respected convener, which enables its diverse worldwide constituency to engage in frank and often difficult discussions about sensitive topics. 

GAAMAC offers a trusted space to talk about real issues: A space to share good practices, to jointly learn from successes and failures without pointing fingers and to look instead for concrete and feasible solutions. GAAMAC is a place to celebrate small steps and victories together.

GAAMAC is led by a Steering Group (SG) which is composed by states and civil society organizations representatives, its members are also actively engaged in GAAMAC initiatives.

To support GAAMAC in operationalizing its mandate, the GAAMAC Support Office was established in 2017. This small, light and flexible Office is based in International Geneva.


GAAMAC is looking for a Coordination Officer to provide content support and contribute to GAAMAC’s overall communications with the Steering Group, partners, funders and other stakeholders. The Coordination Officer provides support for the preparation of GAAMAC public events, as well as the 4th GAAMAC global meeting (GAAMAC IV) which will be the landmark event in 2020. Event organization, internal communication and liaison support are key components of the position.  

The successful Coordination Officer is self-motivated, a masterful multitasker, has strong writing and editing skills, diplomatic skills and is used to working in a diverse political and multicultural environment and is an analytical thinker with strong attention to detail. He/she is fluent in English and French; an additional UN language is welcome. He/she has experience in event organization and working with a diversity of stakeholders. He/she is interested in issues related to prevention (among others, human rights, international justice, migration, early warning systems). This strong team player will work in Geneva with a small dynamic and very motivated team, in direct collaboration with the Managing Coordinator based in New York.

Specific Responsibilities

  • GAAMAC events and global meeting 

    In close cooperation with the Managing Coordinator:
    • Plan, coordinate and realize events in Geneva and elsewhere;
    • Support the preparation and the coordination of the GAAMAC IV global meeting in The Hague (including logistics, and communications materials);
    • Provide ongoing administrative, logistical and technical support during these events and during the global meeting (GAAMAC IV);
    • Contribute to the preparation of post-meetings reports: outcome documents, summary reports, evaluation surveys.
  • Editing, communications 

    In close cooperation with the Managing Coordinator:
    • Write and edit correspondence and documents in relation with GAAMAC initiatives;
    • Write and edit communication documents addressed to internal and external partners: letters, events invitations, leaflets etc.;
    • Manage the Support Office email account under the leadership of the Managing Coordinator.
  • Administrative support

    • Support to the Chair and the Managing Coordinator in the development of GAAMAC meeting agendas, minutes and project reports;
    • Under the guidance of the Managing Coordinator, draft communication and narrative reports, track and compile feedback related to SG Meetings and GAAMAC events, and assist in undertaking the evaluations and assessment of results;
    • Establish and manage a contacts database;
    • Perform any other administrative tasks as required to support the Finance and Administration Officer.


    • At least 3 years of proven experience in events management. Experience in public communications is also valued
    • Ability to prioritize workload on multiple projects and events simultaneously with minimal supervision
    • Team player
    • Excellent written (editing) and oral communications skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
    • Knowledge of and keen interest in atrocity prevention, transitional justice, human rights or similar fields
    • Fluency in English and French, knowledge of another UN language is an additional asset.
    • Bachelors’ degree (or similar level, notably through experience) in International Relations, Political Science, Communications or related field

What we offer

    • Be part of a small, committed and very friendly team
    • Be part of a very exciting multi-stakeholder start-up initiative launched by states and civil society leaders, with very innovative skills and methodologies in a strong multicultural environment
    • Contribute to a growing inclusive initiative in cooperation many governments, civil society leaders, personalities, women and men around the global world,
    • Networking opportunities within International Geneva and beyond
    • Compensation in line with other non-governmental organizations based in Geneva
    • The post is at 80%
    • The contract is for 1 year, until December 31, 2020 with the possibility to extend it based on performance and available funding.

Please submit your cover letter and CV, references letters (no more than two pages) to with the subject line: “Application for Coordination Officer” by Thursday, 12 December 2019. Candidatures will be reviewed on a rolling basis; interviews will be held during the week of 16 December 2019.

Please note that unfortunately the GAAMAC Support Office is unable to sponsor a work visa for this position; the candidate shall hold a valid work permit in Switzerland.