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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 capacitybuilding of both state and nonstate 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 join us during the parental leave of one of our colleagues:

Project Officer (PO) 80% - 100% (short-term contract)

Location:                    Geneva

Starting date:             December 2020

Duration:                    Temporary contract; 5 months (parental leave coverage)


The role           

Under the supervision of the Head and / or Deputy Head of the Division, the PO will support the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex projects, with a special focus on the Elsie project on identifying and overcoming barriers to women’s participation in UN peace operations. This position requires knowledge and familiarity with gender and security, experience in applied research, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Support the design, organization and implementation of activities with partners, including research and operational projects, training, conferences, workshops, policy initiatives, etc.
  • Draft concept notes, implementation/monitoring plans, terms of reference and other project documents
  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects and activities
  • Contribute to drafting Policy Briefs on topics related to women’s participation in peace operations
  • Represent the Gender and Security Division in internal and external meetings as required

Education, competencies and experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines.
  • At least two years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.
  • Good knowledge of gender and security; familiarity with international organizations, especially the UN system, as well as security sector governance and reform.
  • Experience with women and peacekeeping and / or women in the police / military.
  • Proven writing and editing skills in English.
  • Experience in applied research on gender and security, women, peace and security, and related fields.
  • Native fluency in English and professional command of Spanish or Arabic. Other languages, such as Bengali, a plus.

Personal competences and attitude:

  • Strong commitment to principles of gender equality and the inclusion of diverse perspectives.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Strong team spirit.
  • Ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to meet tight deadlines.

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 peoples 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 14 August 2020 mentioning your name as well as the title “Project Officer“ in the subject heading, enclosing:

  • a brief motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF and the advertised position
  • a CV

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and 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.