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Project coordinator – Cybersecurity and civil society – Western Balkans (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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DCAF’s Cybersecurity programme, implemented by the Europe and Central Asia Division, aims to support good governance in cybersecurity. The programme contributes to making cybersecurity responsive and effective by working with cybersecurity actors from the public and private sector on improving law and policies, stakeholder cooperation and the effective provision and oversight of cybersecurity. To this end, the programme provides advice and research, organises technical trainings and workshops and organises stakeholder exchanges.

The Cybersecurity programme is currently looking for a highly qualified and motivated project coordinator for its civil society activities in the Western Balkans. The project coordinator would be based in one of the Western Balkan economies.

Project coordinator – Cybersecurity and civil society – Western Balkans (work rate 100%)

Location: Belgrade (Serbia), Skopje (North Macedonia) or another capital in the Western Balkans (to be discussed)

Starting date: June 2021
Duration: 12-month fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension


Under the supervision of the Geneva based project director, the incumbent will support the conceptualization, planning and implementation of the Cybersecurity programme’s civil society activities. These activities support civil society organisations in contributing to national and regional cybersecurity policy making in the Western Balkans.

Overall tasks and responsibilities:
•    Assist with setting up a group of researchers from Western Balkan civil society organisations and lead the work of the research group;
•    Train / organise the training of the members of the research group on best practices in cybersecurity governance and methods of researching cybersecurity policies;
•    Draft research plans for the research group; draft research guidance and provide ad-hoc advice to the researchers, as necessary;
•    Revise and edit the research products of the research group in English;
•    Assist with the publication and dissemination of the research products;
•    Organise the meetings of the research group and any other related activities, such as public round tables and conferences;
•    Provide advice on how to involve civil society stakeholders in other relevant activities of the Cybersecurity programme;
•    Contribute to project reporting and planning, as necessary.


•    Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, international human rights, or related field;
•    Minimum 5 years of experience on issues related with cybersecurity, human rights, democratic governance, security sector reform, or related topics;
•    Minimum 5 years of experience carrying out evidence-based research, including experience in leading research and advocacy projects and contributing to high-quality research publications;
•    Knowledge of international best practices in cybersecurity governance as well as of cybersecurity policy developments in the Western Balkan economies;  
•    Experience in working for and/or supporting civil society organisations in the Western Balkans will be considered an asset;
•    Experience in results-based project management will be considered an asset;
•    Familiarity with adult learning theory and training development will be considered an asset.

Additional requirements:
•    Citizenship of one of the Western Balkan economies and valid residency at the time of application is a pre-requisite;
•    Fluency in one of the Western Balkan languages (Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Macedonian and/or Albanian) and excellent written and spoken English are a pre-requisite; 
•    Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a politically diverse and at times sensitive environment;
•    Strong organisational skills with an ability to work independently and self-responsibly within the given deadlines;
•    Excellent communication skills (oral and written).

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to  by 31 May 2021 with the subject heading ‘Project coordinator – cybersecurity  and civil society – Western Balkans’, 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 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.