Project Coordinator Business and Security Sector Reform, Public-Private Partnerships Division

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff. As part of the organisation’s mandate to promote democratic security sector governance, DCAF supports the international community in the development and implementation of norms and good practices in the field of private security governance/business and security. DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) division is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to serve as Project Coordinator (activity level 100%). For more information on the work of the PPP Division, please see: www.ppps.dcaf.ch.

The successful applicant will lead DCAF’s business and security sector reform programme and play an active role in the planning, implementation and monitoring of policy research and operational programmes that address security and human rights challenges in complex environments. Central to this role is leading DCAF’s work on the topic conducted in partnership with the ICRC, please see: www.securityhumanrightshub.com

The Project Coordinator will be part of a professional team in Geneva. The Project Coordinator will support the Division in strengthening its applied research; its translation into policy-relevant tools; and the regional and national implementation of international norms and good practices.

Main responsibilities

  • Conduct applied policy research on the nexus between security sector governance and business and human rights.
  • Manage and/or actively contribute to the planning, implementation and management of assigned projects to support the national and regional implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. This notably includes managing the DCAF Security & Human Rights Implementation Mechanism, involving developing project proposals and budgets, monitoring and implementation of projects, liaising with donors and project partners, and preparing operational and financial reports
  • Develop practical knowledge products (such as handbooks, toolkits, and training modules) to support human rights compliant corporate security arrangements
  • Organise awareness raising and outreach activities at the international, regional and local levels
  • Identify opportunities for new projects, build partnerships and conduct donor outreach
  • Contribute to divisional results-based management

Experience and education

  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, international development, and/or security sector governance and reform
  • Experience in project development, implementation and management in complex environments (incl. monitoring and evaluation)
  • Knowledge of international business and human rights frameworks, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • Experience of engagement with key stakeholders in public institutions, parliaments, civil society, and the private sector
  • Experience working with the private sector in fragile contexts is an asset
  • Advanced degree in political sciences/ international relations, economics, business, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field

Personal competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and spoken, is essential; Spanish is highly desirable
  • Effective interpersonal / team-working skills
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and budget management skills

Requirements

  • Availability to travel frequently
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at time of application a pre-requisite

Starting date: 1 January 2018 or mutually agreed date.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.

Interested candidates are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae and an application letter outlining how their qualifications meet the above requirements to ppps@dcaf.ch, with the subject line "Project Coordinator – Business and Security Sector Reform". Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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