Switzerland: Project Coordinator, Gender and Security – 100%

By Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Organization: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 09 Nov 2018

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) 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 62 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 principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit www.dcaf.ch

With a nine-person team, the Gender and Security Division leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects.

For our Gender and Security Division, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:

Project Coordinator, Gender and Security – 100%

Location: Geneva, with frequent travel to different regions of the world

Starting date: December 2018

Duration: Indefinite contract

The role

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the Project Coordinator (PC) will lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires deep knowledge and expertise in gender and security, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Draft concept notes, policy briefs and notes, implementation/ monitoring plans, terms of reference and other project documents as directed

  • Meet and coordinate with partner organizations, donors and other stakeholders

  • Lead in the design, organization and implementation of activities with partners, including policy initiatives, training, conferences, meetings, assessments, research projects, etc.

  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects

  • Design and/or deliver training and ToT workshops

  • Lead and/or coordinate applied research initiatives

  • Draft and edit publications and supervise consultants

  • Liaise with various stakeholders

  • Represent the Gender and Security Division in internal and external meetings

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 five years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.

  • Excellent knowledge of the gender and security legal normative framework; strong familiarity with international organizations, especially the UN system, with policy discussions regarding gender and security, as well as security sector governance and reform.

  • Proven writing and editing skills. Experience in coordinating applied research on gender and security.

  • Proven experience developing and delivering education and training packages on gender and security, gender and justice, gender-based bias, or related topics, for security and justice personnel. Familiarity with adult education methodologies.

  • Experience in leading applied research and operational projects on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, and related fields.

  • Native fluency in English, professional command of French, with other languages a plus.

Personal competences and attitude:

  • Proven management skills.

  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment.

  • “Roll up your sleeves” and can-do attitude and excellent sense of planning, organization and management of priorities.

  • Ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to handle tight deadlines and stressful situations.

  • Speed, precision and accuracy in executing tasks.

  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

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 gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch by 9 November, 2018 with the subject heading “Project Coordinator”, enclosing:

  • curriculum vitae

  • a motivational letter outlining how your qualifications meet the above requirements

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

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