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PROJECT ASSISTANT 50 % Europe and Central Asia 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 capacitybuilding of both state and nonstate security sector stakeholders.

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For our Operations Department, Europe and Central Asia Division, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to be our next:


Project Assistant – Justice and Security Programme (50 %)


Location: Geneva

Starting date: June 2020 or upon mutual agreement

Duration:  one year with possibility of extension to two years


The role

You will support the implementation of the Justice and Security programme, which seeks to assist judicial systems in Bosnia Herzegovina and North Macedonia to strengthen their capacity for independent supervision of the use of intrusive methods for information collection (such as communications interception, wiretapping or secret surveillance) by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

You will work under the supervision of the project coordinator and in close cooperation with other project team members in Geneva, Sarajevo and Skopje. 

Key areas of operation:

  • Contribute to the logistical organisation of project activities;
  • Assists with financial and administrative management aspects of project implementation;
  • Draft project related documents (project proposals, reports, fact sheets, etc.);
  • Conduct research on project-related topics;

Your experience:

  • University degree or currently enrolled in university studies in a relevant field, such as law, political science, security studies, history, development;
  • Prior experience in assisting project management including financial aspects, and the organisation of workshops and training activities, is an asset;
  • Excellent proficiency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of a Western Balkan language is an asset;
  • 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 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 27 May 2020 with the subject heading ''Project Assistant Justice and Security'', 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, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, 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.