DCAF DIRECTOR (80%-100%) | ReliefWeb

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.

As Director of DCAF, you will lead one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in the areas of good governance and security sector reform (SSR). We work closely with the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the EU, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and NATO.

Your tasks

  • DCAF leadership with an internationally diverse workforce of approximately 250 employees, an external network of 15 offices and an annual budget of over 30 million Swiss francs
  • Implementation and further development of DCAF’s five-year strategy (2020-24) taking into account relevant developments in geostrategic, security, peace and development policies and based on the specifications of the founding committees
  • Positioning DCAF as a globally recognized think tank and center of competence for issues relating to security sector governance and the further development and growing importance of this policy area
  • Lead and oversee the implementation of operational programs (geographic and thematic) worldwide, with a focus on priority regions of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, North Africa and Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Further development and deepening of strategic partnerships with multilateral actors such as the UN, EU, OSCE, NATO or AU, with partner states represented on the Foundation Board, with the federal administration, in particular the FDFA and the DDPS, and with the permanent representations based in Geneva, international organisations, non-state actors and the two other Geneva centers

Your profile

  • Swiss citizenship
  • Extensive experience in the political areas of security, development and peace policy as well as in the field of security sector governance
  • Knowledge of the work, profile and priorities of multilateral actors working in this area
  • Enthusiastic and visionary as well as intellectual openness, agility and ability to innovate
  • Entrepreneurial and socially competent personality with experience in leading heterogeneous and multicultural teams and the ability to enable, motivate and develop employees and teams to fulfill their mandate
  • Many years of experience in the implementation of larger operational programs and familiarity with the principles of results-based management
  • Communicative personality with strong diplomatic skills to establish and expand networks in the multilateral environment and with different partners in the civil and military sectors
  • Strong intercultural skills
  • Very good knowledge of two official languages ​​and passive knowledge of the third official language, excellent knowledge of English

How to register

Apply before June 5, 2022

Submit your application through the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. The application form can be found in German, French or Italian.

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