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Intern – Research and Learning - Sub-Saharan Africa Division

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance 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 brings together representatives of around 60 states. 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 operational principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. DCAF embraces and promotes values of accountability, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and respect. For more information please visit

For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are looking for a dynamic individual to be our next:

Intern – Research and Learning (50-100 %)

Location:               Geneva
Starting date:        1st April 2021 or upon mutual agreement
Duration:               6 month fixed-term contract

The role
The intern will work primarily on tasks related to the implementation and follow-up of research missions and monitoring of learning under the responsibility of the Coordinator - Research and Results. Within this framework, he or she will also be in charge of communication and publication related to learning. A detailed work program will be elaborated jointly at the beginning of the internship.

Key areas of operation:
•    Support the writing, formatting, editing, follow-up and publication of documents related to learning (notes, reports, research publications) in French and English.
•    Participate in the conduct of ad hoc desk research according to the needs of the division.
•    Support the formatting and copy-editing of documents, web pages and publications in English, as required, in conjunction with the Project Coordinator - Research and Results.
•    Support the updating of intranet and SharePoint document filing platform in terms of knowledge tools, films, and photos.
•    Support and review short videos produced in the context of the Divisons projects. 

•    Bachelor’s degree in international relations or related field; masters degree underway.
•    Good understanding of security sector reforms and governance. 
•    Fluency in both written and spoken English and French, is a requirement. 
•    Good communication (verbal and written), writing capacity and editing skills.
•    Knowledge and capacity to use social media platforms, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and desktop publishing tools, such as InDesign. 
•    Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team.
•    Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid 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 1. March 2021 with the subject heading Intern – research, 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. 

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.