Switzerland: Accountant – Finance Unit (100 %)

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Organization: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 07 Sep 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

For our Finance Unit, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual for the role of:

Accountant – Finance Unit (100 %)

Location: Geneva

Starting date: 08 October 2018

Reporting to: Head of Finance

Duration: Permanent

The three-strong DCAF Financial Unit handles the full accounting cycle for nine Divisions, with numerous projects covering different regions of the world. This means working daily with colleagues and external partners from a multicultural background and employing multiple currencies.

The role

1. Finance related tasks

  • Manage full cycle multicurrency Accounts payables (invoices and weekly payments)

  • Manage full cycle Accounts receivables (invoices and payment allocation)

  • Prepare monthly reconciliation of all bank and balance sheet accounts

  • Carry out spot checks to ensure effectiveness of the financial Internal Control System (ICS)

  • Handle cash advances and expenses for overseas offices

  • Support auditors during project- and year-end audit

  • Administrative tasks

  • Manage accounting and bank documentation in compliance with DCAF ICS rules

  • Support maintenance of third party service and grant contracts


  • CFC, BTS education level

  • Three to five years of relevant payables, general and cost accounting experience in an international organization, preferably with a non-profit organization.

  • Fluency in French and English (spoken and written)

  • Previous accounting experience using an ERP system (Navision) is a plus

  • Proficient in data entry and related multicurrency payments

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel

  • Excellent interpersonal relations skills (internal and external)

  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Fast, accurate and attentive to detail

  • High sense of confidentiality

Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite.

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 this role, please send an application to by 7 September 2018 with the subject line “Accountant”, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF

  • a concise CV (maximum two pages)

Please note that only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

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

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