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Project Officer (100%)






DCAF – the 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.

DCAF's Foundation Council comprises 63 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. 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 principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit

DCAF’s Business and Security Division works with business, governments and communities to improve security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We are a strategic implementing partner for both the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) and an Observer to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). In partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), our work supports companies operating in complex environments to ensure that human rights are integrated into their business practices. For more information, please see: 


We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual for the role of:


Project Officer – (100 %)


Location:               Geneva (with possible travel)

Starting date:          1 October 2019 or upon mutual agreement

Duration:         12 months – renewable pending project approval



The role


The Project Officer will play an active role in the planning, implementation and monitoring of policy research and operational programmes that address security and human rights challenges in complex environments. Central to this role is supporting in the implementation of projects carried out through DCAF’s Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM). More information on the SHRIM can be found on:


Key activities:

  • Support policy research on the nexus between security sector governance and business and human rights
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and management of assigned projects to support the national and regional implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. This notably includes supporting the Programme Manager in the development of project proposals and budgets, monitoring and implementation of projects, liaising with project partners, and supporting the preparation of operational and financial reports
  • Develop practical knowledge products (such as handbooks, toolkits, and training modules) to support human rights compliant corporate security arrangements
  • Contribute to divisional results-based management


Your experience



  • Advanced degree in political science/ international relations, economics, business, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field;




  • Prior applied experience in the fields of business and human rights, international development, and/or security sector governance and reform;
  • Proven experience in project development, implementation and management;
  • Experience of engagement with project partners in public institutions, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Familiarity with key international policy frameworks and multilateral initiatives including the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.


Additional skills or experience:

  • Effective interpersonal / team-working skills
  • Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts
  • Fluency in English and French or Spanish, both written and spoken, is essential. Additional languages considered a plus;
  • 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 20 September 2019 with the subject heading “Project Officer”, 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. 


Please note that only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.