Nov 082018

Organization: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 09 Dec 2018

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. DCAF contributes to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises 62 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit

With a nine-person team, the Gender and Security Division leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects.

For our Gender and Security Division, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:

Project Officer – 100% – Gender and Security Division

Location: Geneva, with occasional travel to different regions of the world

Starting date: January 2019

Duration: Indefinite contract

The role

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Division, the PO will support the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex research projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires knowledge and familiarity with gender and security, experience in applied research, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Support the design, organization and implementation of activities with partners, including policy initiatives, training, conferences, meetings, assessments, research projects, etc.

  • Support and/or implement applied research initiatives

  • Draft and edit texts for publication

  • Draft concept notes, policy briefs and notes, implementation/ monitoring plans, terms of reference and other project documents as directed

  • Meet and coordinate with partner organizations, donors and other stakeholders, and supervise consultants

  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects

  • Facilitate training sessions

  • Represent the Gender and Security Division in internal and external meetings

Education, competencies and experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines.

  • At least two years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.

  • Good knowledge of the gender and security legal normative framework; familiarity with international organizations, especially the UN system, and with policy discussions regarding gender and security, the 2030 Agenda, and the Sustaining Peace Agenda, as well as security sector governance and reform.

  • Proven writing and editing skills.

  • Good facilitation skills.

  • Experience in applied research on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, the 2030 Agenda, and related fields.

  • Native fluency in English and professional command of French, with other languages a plus.

Personal competences and attitude:

  • Good organizational skills.

  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment.

  • “Roll up your sleeves” and can-do attitude and excellent sense of planning, organization and management of priorities.

  • Ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to handle tight deadlines and stressful situations.

  • Speed, precision and accuracy in executing tasks.

  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

We offer:

  • a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience

  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people

  • the chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights

How to apply:

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 9 December, 2018 with the subject heading “Project Officer”, enclosing:

  • curriculum vitae

  • a motivational letter outlining how your qualifications meet the above requirements

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

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