Interns (part-time)

 Interns (part-time)

Location: Geneva

Starting date: 01 January 2019 or 01 July 2019

Duration: Six months part-time (with the possibility of extension)

  The role:

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.

 Main responsibilities:

  • 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.

 We offer:

  • 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 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.


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