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Key Expert (Legal Reform & Parliament / Police Reform Strategy & Internal Rules and Accountability)

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (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.

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DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit provides support to nationally-led SSR processes and regional security sector experience-sharing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. We are looking for a dynamic and committed individual to be our next:


Key Expert (Legal Reform & Parliament / Police Reform Strategy & Internal Rules and Accountability)


Title:                   Key Expert


Unit:                    Asia-Pacific Unit, Operations Department


Location:            Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar


Duration:            Until 30 November 2021


Starting date:    1 March 2020 or earlier


Reporting:          The Key Expert will report to both the Head of DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit and the MYPOL      Project team leader.


Tasks and responsibilities:

The incumbent will serve as a Key Expert for DCAF’s contribution to a multi-year police reform support programme (MYPOL) funded by the European Commission and implemented by Fundación Internacional para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP). The project’s objective is to contribute to an effective, efficient, accountable and trusted police service, applying international best practices and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.


Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Under the supervision of the Head of DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit, be responsible for DCAF’s contributions in providing assistance to the Parliament, the Ministry of Home Affairs (including the Myanmar Police Force / MPF), the Attorney-General’s Office as well as other national stakeholders such as relevant civil society organizations and academic and research institutions. The task includes reviewing current police-related laws, offering technical assistance in revising such laws, contributing to training courses organized by MYPOL to the MPF and other actors on the legal framework guiding the work of the police, developing and offering training courses to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on security sector governance, security sector reform, police oversight, specialized committees and skills development. It also includes comparative assessments of international and regional practise, capacity building workshops, study tours and legal/policy advice, organized independently or together with Key Experts of project partners working on other aspects of the MYPOL project.
  • Serve as a key expert and permanent member of the Myanmar-based project team on behalf of and representing DCAF;
  • Implement the and activities of the ‘Support to the Reform of the Myanmar Police Force’ project under DCAF’s scope of work in close consultation with DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit, in close collaboration with short-term experts brought in to assist in implementing activities, as well as the MYPOL project team in Myanmar and other stakeholders, as appropriate;
  • Liaise with local and international stakeholders for the (co-)organization of workshops and meetings in Myanmar as well as potential international study visits of delegations of Myanmar stakeholders;
  • Initiate, conceptualize, organize and provide substantive input to periodic consultation meetings, workshops and modules contributed to project partners’ activities, in close collaboration with local stakeholders and project partners, based in, among others, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw;
  • Carry out tailored comparative assessments and research on project-related substance matters;
  • Jointly with the Geneva-based team, identify, contract and supervise international and local short-term experts to assist in the implementation of the project;
  • Periodically report as required to Myanmar-based main implementing partner and to Geneva-based DCAF project lead;
  • Collect data to facilitate monitoring of project activities;
  • Prepare material for internet and IT-based project management tools;
  • Provide administrative, logistical and financial management of assigned tasks.


Key qualifications:

  • Postgraduate university degree in political science, public administration, law (comparative domestic and international law), preferably in a field related to police administration and governance, security, criminal justice or other relevant field and/or extensive experience as member of a national parliament or parliamentary staff (ideally also in security-related parliamentary committee);
  • Demonstrated comparative research, policy or operational experience on security sector governance in democratising countries, with an emphasis on police services and/or parliament;
  • Familiarity with the political and security contexts in Myanmar and Southeast Asia/Asia-Pacific more broadly;
  • Professional experience related to internal and external accountability mechanisms (e.g. police accountability/complaints mechanisms; ombuds institutions; independent complaints mechanisms; parliamentary oversight); as well as legal reviews and amendments;
  • Experience with integrating gender sensitivity and equality in security sector governance and reform;
  • Professional experience related to the design, review, adoption, implementation and monitoring of police reform policies, strategies and activities;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation in the field of security and rule of law, with excellent report writing skills;
  • Strong results-based management skills, acquired in previous leadership positions in capacity development support programmes;
  • Experience in project management and implementation in Southeast Asia/Asia-Pacific, particularly in Myanmar, is considered an asset;
  • Experience in the development and implementation of capacity building programmes comprising the organisation of conferences, workshops and tailor-made training activities;
  • Experience in reviewing and monitoring based on results-based project management; including proposals, log-frames, reports as well as in managing, monitoring and reporting on project results and finances;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills as well as an ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, international and at times challenging environment;
  • Experience in working with diverse groups of stakeholders including International Organizations, international/local NGOs, private sector and government authorities;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the capacity to forge strong working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with externally supported police reform and parliamentary capacity building support projects;
  • Familiarity with European Union/European Commission-funded projects;
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of EU policies and priorities;
  • Experience with extensive stays abroad, including in transition countries;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • Good computer skills including, excel, power point and word.


Professional experience:

  • Preferably 15, but at a minimum of 12 years of professional and/or academic experience in policy issues within the justice, rule of law and security sector;
  • Proven experience in training and coaching of police and/or parliamentarians;
  • Demonstrated experience in the alignment of development intervention/change management with civil service/public sector management;
  • Experience working on rule of law or security sector reform in transition societies;
  • Deep understanding of the social, political, legal and economic issues affecting security sector reforms and/or law enforcement strategies in societies in transition;
  • Relevant experience in Southeast Asia – and Myanmar – will be an asset.


Language skills:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills;
  • Knowledge of Myanmar and/or Southeast Asian languages is considered an asset.


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
  • A competitive consultancy-based compensation package will be offered, including salary, housing allowance, transportation for the incumbent to and from his/her place of residence and annual home-leave entitlements.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 17 January 2020 with the subject heading Key Expert Myanmar – 100%, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to the position
  • a concise CV (maximum five pages)

Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.