Junior Project Officer (two positions at 50%)

Junior Project Officer (two positions at 50%)

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance


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, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, DCAF has contributed 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 members represent over 50 countries and the Canton of Geneva. 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 visit www.dcaf.ch and follow us on Twitter @DCAF_Geneva.

The Policy and Research Division (PRDiv) produces empirically grounded and policy-oriented comparative research on global topics relating to security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). This cutting-edge research bridges the gap between policy and practice and is driven by the demand of our national and international partners. For more information, please visit PRDiv’s website.

The Division has 16 full- and part-time staff members and we are looking for two highly motivated and dynamic individuals to join us as:

Junior Project Officer (two positions at 50%)

  • Policy and Research Division
  • Location: Geneva
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Duration: fixed-term contract until 31st December 2022, with possibility of extension

The role

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Policy and Research Division (PRDiv) and/or principal programme manager, the Junior Project Officer will support the day-to-day development, implementation, and monitoring of the entity’s projects, including logistical, administrative, and research tasks of the Policy and Research Division.

Key areas of operation:

  1. Support the relevant project or team lead in the design, implementation of policy and research projects of the Policy and Research Division, which may include projects on SSR & lessons learning or the role of SSR in international policy frameworks.
  2. Prepare literature reviews, background summaries, talking points, presentations and other documents as requested.
  3. Deliver or contribute to delivery of administrative, budget and logistics support, including the hosting of events.

Your experience and skills

  • Must be a current MA or PhD student in the Lake Geneva region in a relevant field, such as development studies; international relations; political science; security, peace, human rights law or conflict studies; or other relevant tracks.
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), familiarity with IT systems (e.g., SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.) is considered a strong asset.
  • Proven excellent analytical, communication and writing skills in English, professional working proficiency of French is considered an asset.
  • 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 prdrecruitment@dcaf.ch by 24/07/2022 with the subject heading Junior Project Officer PRDiv, 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.