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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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The Gender and Security Division (GSD) leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality in security sector reform and governance by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects. The Division has 11 full- and part-time staff members and we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:


Project Coordinator, Gender and Security (100%)


Location:                        Geneva, with frequent travel to different regions of the world

Starting date:                 March 2020

Duration:                        Indefinite contract


The role:           

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Division, the Project Coordinator (PC) will lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires deep knowledge and expertise in gender and security, strong interpersonal skills, experience in program administration and good understanding of security policy.


Key areas of operation:

  • Lead and / or contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation - including of budgets and financial aspects - of operational and / or policy and research projects and activities related to gender and security
  • Lead in the organization and implementation of activities with partner organisations, donors and other stakeholders, including policy initiatives, trainings, conferences, meetings, assessments, etc.
  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects
  • Design and / or deliver training both internally and to external stakeholders, on gender and security, including on gender mainstreaming.
  • Draft and edit publications and knowledge products


Your experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines, with at least five years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and/or women, peace and security.
  • Excellent knowledge of the gender and security normative and policy framework as well as of security sector governance and reform.
  • Proven experience in leading applied research and operational projects on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, gender mainstreaming and related fields.
  • Proven experience in program administration, including budget and financial management
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills and proven experience from a multicultural environment.
  • Strong ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and an excellent sense of planning, organization and management of priorities.
  • Strong personal commitment to principles of gender equality and diversity.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Fluent in English, professional command of French. Other languages a plus.


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 advertised position, please send your application to [] by 24 January 2020 with the subject heading ‘GSD PC’ enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF and the advertised position
  • a 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.