PROJECT MANAGER – ODD16 PROJECT (100%) – 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 and follow us on Twitter @DCAF_Geneva.

The Policy and Research Division (PRDiv) produces comparative empirical and policy-oriented research on global thematic topics related to security sector governance. PRDiv is also responsible for working with multilateral organizations, such as the UN and the OSCE, to improve and harmonize their security sector governance programs, particularly in the context of the Agenda for Sustainable Peace and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Finally, PRDiv conducts research on comprehensive approaches to monitoring and evaluating projects related to security sector governance. For our division, we are looking for a dynamic and highly qualified person to be our next:

  • Project Manager – ODD16 Project (100%)
  • Location: Geneva
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Duration: until December 2023, with possibility of extension

The role

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) is a global action plan for sustainable development and a key priority for the United Nations and its Member States. Currently, little work has been done to link security sector governance/reform (SSG/R) to the SDGs, despite the considerable overlap between the two areas. In this context, DCAF is implementing a four-year project linking SSG/R to the SDGs. The project focuses specifically on governance and oversight, and engages with three important actors in security sector governance: parliaments, civil society and independent oversight institutions. The project involves the development of knowledge products, the organization of high-level policy events and the conduct of national implementation-focused workshops. This project is managed by a Program Manager under the general supervision of the Head and/or Deputy Head of Division. The Project Officer will support the Program Manager in the implementation of this project, focusing mainly on the organization and facilitation of national/regional implementation workshops. In addition to working closely with colleagues within PRDiv, this position will require close coordination with the relevant regional divisions of the DCAF Operations Department.

Main areas of activity:

  • Lead the organization and facilitation of national and regional implementation workshops with the aim of validating and implementing research and policy findings for security sector governance actors;
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of high-level political events related to this project at the World Bank, UN and other forums as appropriate;
  • Reporting to the Program Manager, supporting activities during all phases of the project cycle, including design, implementation, evaluation as well as donor reporting;
  • Support the design, oversight and review of (commissioned) research related to this project;
  • Undertake tasks related to the administration of finances, including processing payments, drafting contracts with external partners and monitoring budgets.

your experience

  • 3 to 5 years of professional experience in the organization of high-level events and capacity-building activities in the field of democratization and good governance of the security sector, with emphasis on the control and accountability;
  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations/security, development, law or a related field;
  • In-depth knowledge and proven experience of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDG16;
  • Experience in managing results-based projects and developing and implementing research policies and programs;
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French and/or Russian and/or Arabic will be considered an advantage;
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a prerequisite.

We offer

  • an enriching, 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 match for DCAF and the advertised position, please send your application to [email protected] before August 1, 2022 with subject PO-SDG16, attaching:

  • 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, gender identity, religion or ethnic origin.

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. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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