Project Assistant, Private Security Governance

Project Assistant, Private Security Governance - DCAF Public-Private Partnerships Division

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff. As part of the organisation’s mandate to promote democratic security sector governance, DCAF supports the international community in the development and implementation of norms and good practices in the field of private security governance. DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) division is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to serve as Project Assistant (activity level 50%). For more information on the work of the PPP Division, please see:

The successful applicant will support DCAF’s private security governance programme and play an active role in the planning and implementation of policy research and operational programmes that address private security governance challenges. Central to this role is support to DCAF’s policy and research work conducted as a strategic partner for the implementation of the Montreux Document (please see: as well as other international initiatives that seek to promote greater oversight and accountability of the private security sector.  

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Provide enabling research support on private security governance
  • Actively contribute to the planning and implementation of assigned projects that support the implementation of the Montreux Document and the promotion and implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), including through supporting the development of project proposals, administrative and financial tasks, and organisational support. 
  • Support the development of practical knowledge products (such as handbooks, toolkits, and training modules) Support the organisation of local support, implementation, awareness raising and outreach activities

Experience and competencies required

  • Background in domestic or international human rights, humanitarian law, international relations or political science
  • Knowledge of the various regulatory regimes associated with private security companies, including the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and the Montreux Document
  • Prior experience assisting in the management of projects as well as in the organisation of conferences, workshops and training activities
  • Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts
  • Fluency in English required; Spanish and French highly desirable
  • Effective interpersonal / team-working skills
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and budget management skills


  • Current enrolment in university studies in a relevant field, including international relations, international human rights and humanitarian law, development, economics or related fields
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at time of application a pre-requisite

Starting date: 1st June 2018 or mutually agreed date.

Closing date for applications: 21 May 2018

Interested candidates are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae and an application letter outlining how their qualifications meet the above requirements to, with the subject line “Project Assistant – Private Security Governance”. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.

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