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National Project Coordinator


DCAF - the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) is one of the world’s leading organizations in the area of security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). 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 assists 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.


The overall objective of DCAF’s activities in Southeast Europe is to contribute to peace, stability and democracy in the region by supporting good governance in the security and justice sector.  The multi-donor funded and DCAF-implemented Intelligence Sector Reform Programme in the Republic of North Macedonia (2017-2020), aims to make an effective and sustainable contribution to improved security and intelligence sector accountability and governance. 

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DCAF’s Southeast Europe Division is looking for an experienced, highly qualified and motivated individual to be the:


National Project Coordinator   


Location:                                            DCAF Branch Office, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Starting date:                                     as soon as possible

Duration:                                            14 months national contract with possibility of extension

Type of employment:                        Fixed-term, full time (Project Funded)


The incumbent will support the implementation of DCAF Programme in North Macedonia, with a focus on the judicial cluster of the programme - Development of Judicial and Prosecutorial Standards and Capacity for Authorization and Review of Intrusive Methods for Information Collection. This cluster steers the local development of new knowledge products designed to increase judicial capacity, expertise and independence in the authorization and supervision of intrusive methods for information collection; it contributes to harmonizing national judicial practice with European jurisprudence and ECHR principles.


Overall tasks and responsibilities:


  • Support conceptualization, planning and implementation of programme activities;
  • Support communication and dialogue with programme stakeholders;
  • Assist in the review of national legislation and jurisprudence relevant to the programme and develop law summaries and commentaries;
  • Assist in the development and review of project documents and knowledge products relevant to the Programme;
  • Assist the implementing team / the Programme Manager as required.  


Your experience:


  • advanced university degree in law, political science/international relations, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field; 
  • minimum 7 years of experience on issues related with democratic governance, security sector reform, judicial reform, democratisation;
  • knowledge of case law of the European Court of Human Rights in the area of surveillance and interception of communication will be considered an asset;
  • familiarity with adult learning theory and experience in training development or  training delivery is considered an asset;
  • knowledge and experience in results-based project management;
  • good knowledge of the national political system, and the judiciary sector especially;
  • excellent inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a politically diverse environment;
  • strong organizational skills with an ability to work reliably and self-responsibly under pressure while meeting tight deadlines;
  • excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • advanced user of Microsoft Office tools;
  • fluency in Macedonian and English.  


Additional requirements:


  • ability to travel abroad up to 10-15 days annually
  • ability to act impartially in a politically diverse and at times sensitive environment;
  • Macedonian citizenship and valid residency at the time of application is a pre-requisite;
  • knowledge of Albanian language is considered an asset.
  • certificate of non-pending cases or convictions in criminal proceedings, not older than 3 months;

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and for the position advertised, please send your application to Ms. Céline Cattaud, at no later than 22 September 2019 with the subject heading National Project Coordinator, Skopje, enclosing:


  • one-page motivational letter in English describing what you can bring to DCAF and the team (maximum 1 page)
  • a concise CV (maximum 2 pages)


Please note that interviews will take place beginning of October 2019 in Skopje.


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