Project Assistant Middle East (100%)

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 Operations Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for a highly dedicated professional to be our next:

Project Assistant – Middle East (100 %)

Location:                           Geneva, with occasional travel to the region

Starting date:                   1 November or as per agreement

Duration:                           24 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension


The role            

The Project Assistant will support the Middle East Desk in the development, follow-up and coordination of activities in one or more countries in the Middle East.  

Key areas of operation:

  • Assist in the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of security and justice sectors reform projects in the Middle East region
  • Conduct research on issues relevant to security and justice sector governance and reform in the Middle East
  • Draft quality narrative and financial proposals and reports , within established deadlines
  • Assist the editing and layout of publications
  • Contribute to the organization of workshop and events
  • Carry out logistical and administrative tasks for the smooth running of the Middle East desk

Your experience

  • University degree in political sciences, international relations, law, development, security studies or related field
  • Some prior experience in project and grant management, for an international organization would be an asset
  • Excellent command of English; knowledge of Arabic is a strong asset
  • Capacity to write and edit reports in English for publication
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the Arab world
  • 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 19 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’PAMENA’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

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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