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  • DCAF
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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 capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises 60 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 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

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, we are looking for a highly dedicated and dynamic individual to be our next:

PROJECT OFFICER – Middle East Desk, Operations MENA (100 %)

Location: Geneva, with occasional travel to the region,

Starting date: January 2022, or as soon as possible

Duration: 24 months fixed-term contract, renewable

The role

Reporting primarily to Principal Programme Manager/Head of Desk for the Middle East, Operations MENA, the Project Officer assumes responsibility for the development, implementation and monitoring of programmes and projects in DCAF’s countries of operation in the Middle East, especially in the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon.

Tasks include (but are not limited to): **

· Support the development of DCAF’s programmes related to security sector reform and governance in the Middle East, including support for conceptualising, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects in the Middle East.

· Contribute to financial reporting and financial procedures.

· Adapt project implementation in response to changes in local developments

· Support field offices and partners on project implementation.

· Compile and edit periodic project reports to donors

· Identify partners and experts; negotiate fees and terms of reference, draft contracts, and follow-up to ensure satisfactory implementation.

· Organize and undertake missions to the Palestinian Occupied Territories and Lebanon as needed, as well as to other countries in the Middle East as may become necessary.

· Provide additional support across the MENA division as may be necessary determined by line manager.

Your profile

· An advanced university degree in law, political sciences, international relations, development, security studies or related field

· A minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the fields of security and/or justice reform

· Proven track record in managing projects, preferably in the MENA region

· Fluency in English (both spoken and written); knowledge of Arabic is a strong advantage

· Strong presentation skills and experience of working as part of an international and multicultural team

· Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the MENA region

· Swiss or EU citizenship or valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is required

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

How to apply

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to [email protected] by 2nd December 2021 with the subject heading

‘’PO2 MENA 2021’’, enclosing:

• a one-page motivational statement in English describing your motivation for the position, your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF

• a concise CV (maximum two pages)

• the completed DCAF Application Form available here

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.

Due to the high number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. **

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