JUNIOR PROJECT OFFICER (Outreach and Knowledge) – Switzerland


DCAF – Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, rule of law, respect for human rights and gender equality. Since its inception in 2000, DCAF has helped make peace and development more sustainable by helping partner states and international actors supporting those states to improve their security sector governance through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes standards and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity building for state and non-state actors in the security sector.

The members of the DCAF Board of Trustees represent more than 50 countries and the canton of Geneva. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centers 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.

ISSAT is a department of DCAF. ISSAT was established in 2008 in response to the need to increase the capacity of the international community to support Security Sector Governance/Reform (SSG/R) processes, improve the effectiveness and quality of SSG/R programming and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of international assistance for nationally driven SSG/G processes. It provides practical support to the international community in its efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states. It does this by working with a group of Member States and multilateral institutions (members of the International Partners Group or IPGM) to develop and promote good practices and principles of security and justice reform, and by helping its members to strengthen their capacity to support national and regional actions. security and justice reform process. ISSAT provides a deployable capability to support its IPGMs. Within ISSAT, the Professional Development and Training (PDT) service line focuses on the design and delivery of training, professional development counseling and mentoring for the benefit of our IPGMs to enhance their capacity to deploy strategic SSG/R advisors. For more information, please see: www.issat.dcaf.ch

For our OAK service line, we are looking for a motivated and experienced person to be our next:

  • Junior Project Officer (JPO) Outreach and Knowledge – 100%
  • Location: Geneva
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Duration: 12-month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension.

The role

Reporting to the Outreach and Knowledge Manager (OAK) service line, the Junior Project Manager will focus on supporting the OAK Outreach portfolio through hands-on support to the development of the ISSAT Community of Practice, newsletter development and distribution, social media, as well as research support and project management across the OAK portfolio. More specifically, the holder:

Main areas of operation

    • Develop and update content for the new ISSAT Community of Practice, and disseminate to the Security and Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) Community of Practice, via the bi-monthly, digest, newsletter and media social; – Maintain the consistency and usefulness of the CoP by generating content, identifying resources and making updates, basic maintenance and corrections (exploitation of wordpress and other technologies if necessary); – Write outreach products for the ISSAT SSR Community of Practice, including blog posts, podcasts, videos, infographics and other related online presences; – Write and distribute newsletters for donors or the public; – Assist the Head of OAK in the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials for capital visits, panels, roundtables, workshops, seminars, conferences or other events organized by ISSAT or the donors; – Contribute to the promotion of SSG/R to donors, through support to International Partners Group meetings, presentations, DCAF-wide consultations, etc. – Develop operational tools and awareness products in the field of SSG/R. These tools form the core of ISSAT’s approach to supporting SSR processes and the means by which to develop the capacity and knowledge of international actor staff of ISSAT’s international constituency members; – Contribute to OAK’s project management processes as required.

your experience

  • MA/MSc in International Relations, Security Studies, Political Science, Law, Conflict Studies, Development or related field;
  • Previous internship in the field of security, justice, international development.
  • Previous practical experience in designing and managing an online community of practice;
  • Experience conceptualizing and developing outreach products including infographics, podcasts, videos, and social media presence.
  • English and French, other languages ​​an asset

your skills

  • Proactive ability to work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team;
  • Good communication (verbal and written) and good writing and presentation skills;
  • Interest in international relations and development issues, fundamental to the concept of SSR, is highly desirable;
  • Swiss or European citizenship, or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a prerequisite

We offer

  • a rewarding, dynamic and stimulating work experience
  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking, values-driven people
  • the possibility of contributing to the improvement of the security of States and their population within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights

How to register

If you think you are a good fit with DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to [email protected] by August 4, 2022 with topic title ISSAT OAK JEA by closing :

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
  • a concise CV (two pages maximum)

DCAF is committed to equal opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, age, disability, neurodiversity, gender identity, religion or ethnicity.

Individuals seeking to serve with DCAF in an individual capacity will be required, if shortlisted, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offense and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.


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