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Project Officer – Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) (80-100%)

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.

DCAF's Foundation Council brings together representatives of around 60 states. 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 operational principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. DCAF embraces and promotes values of accountability, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and respect. For more information please visit www.dcaf.ch

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) and technical advisor to numerous VPs multistakeholder In-Country Working Groups. 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. A significant part of the Division’s operational programming is managed through its Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM), a multi-donor fund committed to improving security and human rights on the ground through multistakeholder engagement.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual to be our next:

Project Officer – Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) (80-100%)

Location: Geneva
Starting date: 1 December 2021 or upon mutual agreement
Duration: 12 months fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

The role
The Project Officer will be part of DCAF’s Business and Security Division, working within the DCAF Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) to support the national-level implementation of security and human rights good practice in fragile settings. The role will focus on project development, management, and implementation, working both with national partners, donors and other international policy stakeholders. Ability to engage with both business and human rights and security sector reform and governance disciplines will be a key element of this role.

Key areas of operation:

•    Direct support to projects in fragile contexts that promote security and human rights in partnership with government, civil society, and private sector actors.
•    General support to the effective running of DCAF’s SHRIM. This includes the development of project proposals, preparing narrative and financial donor reports, drafting project communications materials (including via social media), providing technical advice on security and human rights good practices, and drafting project communications materials (including over social media).
•    Engagement with international organisations and initiatives (e.g., UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, OECD Responsible Business Conduct workstream, the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers).
•    Stakeholder engagement and relationship building with national partners and donors.

YOUR EXPERIENCE 
•    Advanced degree in political sciences/ international relations, economics, business, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field
•    Detailed knowledge of security, development and/or business and human rights fields. Familiarity with multi-stakeholder and international initiatives, including UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, OECD Responsible Business Conduct workstream and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers. 
•    At least 2-5 years’ work experience in project development and management in the security, development and human rights field; in-country experience managing projects in fragile contexts a plus.
•    Experience of engagement with key stakeholders in public institutions, parliaments, civil society, and the private sector
•    Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment
•    Ability to proactively plan and implement projects, including managing multiple priorities
•    Availability to travel
•    Fluent in French and English (oral and written), fluency in Portugese, and/or Spanish 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 bsdrecruitment@dcaf.ch by 20 October 2021 with the subject heading “Project Officer, SHRIM”, 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.