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Professional Development and Training (PDT) Assistant (100%)

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

DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) supports the 16 donor countries and seven multilateral organisations that make up its Governing Board by reinforcing and improving the way in which they individually and collectively support security and justice development. Within ISSAT, the Professional Development and Training (PDT) Team enhance capacities to deploy security & justice advisors through high-quality training and strengthening donor and multilateral systems for deployment.

For our PDT Team, we are looking for a dynamic and digitally savvy individual to be our next:

Professional Development and Training (PDT) Assistant (100%)

Location:               Geneva
Starting date:        as soon as possible
Duration:               24 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

The PDT Assistant will support all aspects of ISSAT’s Professional Development and Training offer and with increasing experience also be in charge of projects related to capacity development and training. She or he will report to the Head of PDT.

Key areas of operation:

•    Contribute to the research, design, development and dissemination of training materials and training announcements. 
•    Conduct training needs assessments and contribute to the provision of face-to-face and virtual trainings related to Security Sector Governance/ Reform (SSG/R). 
•    Conduct background research and analysis to support projects that aim to strengthen donor and multilateral systems for deployment of security and justice advisors. 
•    Provide logistical and technical support to a broad range of PDT activities and liaise with participants in those.
•    Support all aspects of course organisation, provision and evaluation through the use of digital training tools and learning management systems.
•    Participate in DCAF-wide training initiatives and familiarize colleagues with digital training tools and practices.


•    MA or comparable background in political science, international relations, security studies, development studies, conflict studies, or a related field.
•    Fluent in English, both spoken and written; excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong drafting and editing capacities. Working knowledge in French is a strong asset.
•    Entry level position (<2 years of working experience): 
o    Experience with Learning Management Systems and e-learning authoring tools, or strong motivation to learn these tools combined with evidence of digital savvy.
o    Experience in project management, particularly in the area of security, peace and justice is considered an asset.
•    Demonstrated interest in adult learning, training development and delivery, including through digital means.
•    Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a multi-cultural environment.
•    Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite

We offer:
•    a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work environment
•    the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive 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 28.02.2021 with the subject heading “Professional Development and Training (PDT) Assistant (100%)”, enclosing:
•    a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF-ISSAT
•    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.