Project Officer Tunisia (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 motivated and highly qualified individual to be our next:

Project Officer Tunisia (100 %)

Location:                           Geneva, with occasional travel to the region

Starting date:                   1 November 2018 or as soon as possible

Duration:                           unlimited


The role       

Reporting to the Head of North Africa Desk, the Project Officer is responsible for supporting the implementation of projects and activities in Tunisia under the Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). Tasks include (but are not limited to):  

  • Support the development of DCAF’s programmes related to security and justice sector reform in Tunisia, including support for conceptualizing, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects
  • Support to the TFNA donors’ relations, including budget monitoring and programme and project reporting
  • Support fundraising activities, including the development of country strategy documents, planning sheets, concept notes, etc.
  • Draft project related documents such as project proposals, analytical reports and evaluations
  • Liaise with and provide ongoing support to the field office in Tunis and, eventually, other country teams in North Africa
  • Help to identify project opportunities and develop project ideas and proposals
  • Co-design, co-organize and implement activities with partners
  • Support, where needed, the Head of North Africa Desk, in the implementation of projects and activities in other countries of North Africa
  • Conduct research on issues relevant to security sector governance and reform in the North Africa

Your experience

  • An advanced university degree in law, political sciences, international relations, development, security studies or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the fields of security and/or justice reform
  • Proven track record in managing projects, preferably in the MENA region
  • Excellent command of French and English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • Very good writing skills
  • Strong communication skills and experience of working as part of an international team
  • Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the Arab world
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is required

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 21 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’PONA 2018’’, 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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