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Call for Expression of Interest

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) launch a tendering process to select their next statutory auditor (Swiss GAAP RPC). The scope of the financial statements of DCAF also includes the consolidation of DCAF Ljubljana. In addition, the tendering procedure includes audits of donor-funded projects (on-demand) (around 25 in 2020 for DCAF and 2 for GCSP). 
The mandate is for a period of three years from 2021 to 2023 and may be renewed for a further three years. Each centre is an independent legal entity and reserves the right to choose a different auditor.

Background

What is DCAF 
DCAF is a foundation dedicated to making states and their populations safer, through more effective and accountable security and justice. Since 2000, the Centre has facilitated, driven and shaped security sector reform (SSR) policy and programming around the world.

Good security sector governance (SSG), based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is a cornerstone of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. In everything we do, DCAF adheres to the principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation and gender equality. DCAF also advises governments and international organizations in designing and implementing their own programmes for supporting states in developing their security sector governance.

DCAF creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, and provides legal and policy advice. DCAF supports capacity building of state, civil society and private sector stakeholders by providing access to independent expertise and information on SSG/R. DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises representatives of 60 member states and the Canton of Geneva. With programmes that touch on more than 80 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for SSG/R. Headquartered at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, DCAF has field offices in Addis Ababa, Bamako, Banjul, Beirut, Brussels, Kyiv, Ljubljana, Niamey, Ramallah, Skopje, Tegucigalpa, Tripoli and Tunis. DCAF employs more than 200 staff from over 40 countries, with a broad range of expertise.

Financial information about DCAF
Balance Sheet: CHF 18,0 MM
2021 Budget: CHF 33,3 MM
2020 Core funding from the FDFA (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs): CHF 11.7 MM
Number of field offices: 13
Number of staff: around 200
Annual reports, performance report, auditor’s report and DCAF strategy 2020-2024 are available at: https://www.dcaf.ch/transparency

What is GCSP
GCSP is an international foundation serving a global community of individuals and organisations. Our mission is to advance peace, security and international cooperation. We provide the knowledge, skills and network for effective and inclusive decision-making. We base our work on the belief that people make peace and security possible.

Since the Centre’s creation more than a quarter of a century ago, the GCSP has delivered high quality executive education programmes in international security policy for course participants coming initially from the Euro-Atlantic area and then worldwide. The complex, interconnected nature of security challenges has also led us to expand our portfolio of expertise and the professional and geographic diversity of our staff, course participants, associates, and experts.

In 2014 our move to the Maison de la Paix, a state-of-the-art glass structure in the heart of International Geneva, led to a significant transformation and expansion of the GCSP.

Financial information about GCSP
Balance Sheet: CHF 3,4 MM
2021 Budget: CHF  13,3 MM
2020 core funding from the FDFA (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs): CHF 10,4 MM
Number of staff: around 80
Further information regarding the GCSP and its activities may be found at: www.gcsp.ch
The 2019 annual report may be viewed at: https://www.gcsp.ch/global-insights/gcsp-annual-report-2019

Selection criteria and information to provide for the CEI

  • letter of interest signed by an authorised representative of the audit firm;
  • proof of legal registration and authorisation to conduct audits in Switzerland (Loi fédérale sur l’agrément et la surveillance des réviseurs);
  • be an internationally-renowned audit firm with;
  • demonstrate experience in auditing International Swiss Foundations under private law;
  • contact person information (name, surname, job title, phone number, e-mail).

An expression of interest must be submitted in English to: a.valtat@dcaf.ch and a.sheldon@gcsp.ch by 7th March 2021 (close of business) at the latest.

Those organisations, pre-selected through the CEI, will be invited by a direct written invitation and will receive the Tender Dossier. The outcome of this pre-selection will be sent to the contact person named in the CEI.