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 63 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 ten-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:

Finance Assistant (50%)

Location:                            Geneva

Starting date:                   1 April (earlier date negotiable)

Duration:                             1 year with possibility of extension

The role        

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Division (HoD), the Finance Assistant supports the accounting and finance management of the Division. The Finance Assistant will process payment orders, verify accounting entries and provide corrections, monitor the financial status of Division budgets, liaise with project staff on financial matters, produce financial reports, support audits and provide admin support as requested.

Main responsibilities

Budget monitoring: monitor and regularly report to the HoD on the financial status of budgets, including cash-flow status, and alert the HoD of any financial matters that require management attention.

Produce financial reports as requested and submit changes/corrections to the finance department.

Process payment orders, expense claims, invoices and other accounting documents, handle the finance related signatory books and monitor payments.

Keep central electronic files for expense reports and payment orders, make photocopies and scans of transactions and maintain a physical filling system of the financial and admin documents of the Unit for internal reference, audits and donor reporting purposes. 

Support DCAF’s Finance Unit in preparing documentation for audits, when required.

Provide admin support to the Unit when needed.

Your experience

At least three years of professional work experience in accounting and finance, preferably in the field of international development.

Proven track record in managing externally funded project budgets, producing financial reports for donors and preparing documentation for audits.

Fluent in English; good knowledge of French is highly desirable.

Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment.

Excellent financial management and organizational skills.

A diploma in finances/accounting is desirable but not required.

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

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 1 March 2019 with the subject “Finance Assistant GSD”, enclosing a CV and a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF

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


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