Starting date: 01 January 2019 or 01 July 2019
Duration: Six months part-time (with the possibility of extension)
Under the direct supervision of a project officer with responsibility for SSG/R initiatives in either South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia, the incumbents will support timely regional and country analyses; the maintenance of sub-regional networks of partner institutions and experts; the organization and implementation of regional workshops and meetings with partner organizations; fund-raising efforts to materialize national-level SSG/R activities in collaboration with local partners; and contribution to the day-to-day work of the Asia-Pacific Unit. The incumbents will have some experience and/or interest in one or more of the following sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia and/or East Asia.
- Review and update SSG/R country profiles in either South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia;
- Support targeted research, the preparation of briefing notes, and the review and update of country- and region-wide mappings of security sector requirements and initiatives;
- Conduct background research on SSG/R issues for countries in either South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia;
- Provide organisational and logistical support to the organization of sub-regional networking events and national SSG/R support activities;
- Provide project management support by contributing to the drafting of reports, concept notes and other project material;
- Assist the Unit in the organisation of events, proofreading and translation work;
- Support in administrative and financial matters, including identification and preparation of grant proposals;
- Perform other tasks as required.
Education, competencies and experience:
- Advanced university degree or currently enrolled in university studies in International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Law, Development, Security, Peace Studies, Political Science, Asian Area Studies, or related fields;
- Knowledge of and/or experience or strong interest in either South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia is an asset;
- Understanding of and/or interest in security sector governance and reform;
- Excellent command of English; knowledge of a language spoken in the Asian sub-region chosen is considered an asset;
- Attention to detail, good organisational skills and ability to deliver on time;
- Ability to work independently, be proactive and solution-oriented;
- Flexibility and willingness to carry out administrative tasks as required;
- Good intercultural communication skills;
- Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite.
- A rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience;
- The chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hard-working 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;
- The internship carries a monthly stipend of CHF 1’200 (at 100%).
If you think you are a good match for DCAF, the Asia-Pacific Unit and the position advertised, please send your application to email@example.com by 01 December 2018 with the subject heading “Internship Asia-Pacific”, 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)
DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.