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Project assistant – Police Programme (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.


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


Project assistant – Police Programme (100%)



Location:                             Geneva, Switzerland with occasional travel

Starting date:                     January 2020

Duration:                            1 year




The role

DCAF is implementing a portfolio of projects aimed at supporting our Member States and beneficiary states in undertaking strategic reforms of their national police services and in developing regional police cooperation to combat transnational organised crime.


The Project Assistant is an entry level position at DCAF. The Project Assistant will support the implementation of DCAF police reform projects in the Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia regions. He/she will support the programme manager through all phases of the project cycle.


Key areas of operation:


  • Assist the programme manager in conceptualising and planning workshops and seminars with a focus on the logistical/administrative preparation of events
  • Assist in the preparation of financial and narrative reports
  • Assist in the management of financial aspects of projects
  • Assists with the procurement of services
  • Draft and follow up contracts, keep track or reporting requirement and relevant payments
  • Assist the programme manager with a range of logistical, organisational and administrative tasks related to project implementation
  • Assist the programme manager in drafting of project proposals, implementation and documentation of project activities and preparation of reports on project results
  • Engage in language and content editing of various project documents and publications


Your experience


  • Applicants should be university graduates in a relevant field, including international relations, conflict resolution, history, law, development, security studies, criminal justice, peace studies, or political science
  • Applicants must have an excellent command of English, both written and spoken
  • Prior experience in assisting the implementation of projects, organisation of events such as conferences, workshops and training activities is a prerequisite
  • Prior experience in drafting correspondence and reports in the English language to donors is an asset
  • Prior experience in managing financial aspects of projects in an asset
  • Knowledge of issues related to security sector governance is an asset
  • Knowledge of/academic focus on the South Eastern and Eastern European region is an asset
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian, Russian or a Western Balkan language will be 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


Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit allowing lucrative employment in Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite.


Given this is a junior position, we will only consider applicants with up to three years’ experience.


If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 29 November 2019 with the subject heading Project Assistant – ECA Police programme 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.