SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international development agency and part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). It is responsible for the overall coordination – among Switzerland’s different federal offices – of international development and cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS countries and Switzerland’s humanitarian aid.

Working for the SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Working in the field of international cooperation is demanding, but it is varied and in great demand. To achieve the ambitious objectives set in bilateral and multilateral development cooperation and humanitarian aid, Switzerland depends on competent, experienced and qualified staff.

Required profile

Within the framework of its mandate, the SDC employs staff to work both in Switzerland and abroad and well-qualified local people to work at its representations around the world.  The SDC requires a very wide range of specialist and skill profiles to administer its project portfolios, various other management tasks and the Swiss cooperation offices’ human and financial resources.
Working for the SDC
National Programme Officer

Junior staff positions and programmes

The FDFA regularly recruits programme officers for international cooperation work through a multi-stage recruitment process. Training, which takes several weeks, begins the following year at head office in Bern. Candidates then undertake an initial practical mission of five months at the SDC head office, followed by a training mission of approximately 16 months at a Swiss cooperation office or integrated embassy. After completion of the SDC junior staff programme and evaluation, successful candidates are employed within the SDC.
Further information

In addition, the SDC offers ongoing internships for students and graduates.
More information

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Berne, Switzerland

Fields of activity
Development cooperation, humanitarian aid, agriculture and food security, basic education and vocational training, disaster risk reduction, emergency relief and reconstruction, climate change, migration, private sector development and financial services, water, state and economic reforms, gender equality, health, engagement in fragile contexts and prevention of violent conflicts, advocacy and good governance

Countries of operation
21 priority countries and regions for bilateral development cooperation with the South, nine in Eastern Europe and the CIS; 13 partner countries in the context of its contribution to the enlarged European Union and 17 humanitarian aid focus areas

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