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Intern - Latin America and the Caribbean (50%)

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 brings together representatives of around 60 states. 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 neutrality, 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

DCAF’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Unit supports governments, parliaments, security providers and civil society in the LAC region by developing capacities and promoting norms and good practices to contribute to a more effective, efficient and transparent security sector that is properly overseen by the relevant authorities, responsive and accountable to the people they serve. For our LAC Unit we are looking for a for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to be our:

Intern - 50%  
(with possibility to increase to 100 % during summer break)

Location:               Geneva
Starting date:        Upon mutual agreement
Duration:               6 months 

Under the supervision of the Head of the LAC Unit, the intern will contribute to the Unit’s current and new project in the LAC region by offering support in the areas of communication and research. This internship will have a strong learning component in order to enable the candidate to develop relevant skills and knowledge in the area of SSG/R.

•    Contribute with background research on SSG/R issues in LAC region to the Unit’s current and new projects
•    Provide overall support to the management of the Unit's gender-related project portfolio
•    Support the drafting of communication material and knowledge products, which includes proofreading and translation work 
•    Assist the Unit in support the organisation of events 
•    Support the Unit in administrative matters when needed.

•    Currently enrolled in university (e.g. International Relations, Development, Security, Peace Studies, etc.). A background in gender studies is considered a strong asset.
•    Have not more than one year of relevant work or internship experience
•    Good command of written and spoken Spanish and English; knowledge of French is considered an asset
•    Good intercultural communication skills and interest to learn more about SSG/R issues in the LAC region
•    Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite
NOTE: In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work at DCAF HQ in Geneva is currently organised remotely. This will change depending on the development of the pandemic and rules in Geneva.

•    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

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 3 May 2021 with the subject heading “Intern – LAC Unit”, enclosing :
•    a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
•    a concise CV (maximum two pages)

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.