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 (SSG/R). DCAF is guided by the operational principles of 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 www.dcaf.ch
DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) supports the 16 donor countries and seven multilateral organisations that make up its Governing Board by reinforcing and improving the way in which they individually and collectively support security and justice development. Through its Knowledge and Outreach Services, ISSAT fosters a learning environment for security and justice practitioners to exchange information, share good practice and facilitate communication. Knowledge and Outreach Services works to develop and refine ISSAT programme management and SSG/R methodology.
For our Knowledge and Outreach Team, we are looking for a dynamic individual to be our next:
SSG/R Advisor (100%) for Outreach and Knowledge
Starting date: as soon as possible - upon mutual agreement
Duration: 12 month contract, with possibility of extension
Key areas of operation
Reporting to the Head of Outreach and Knowledge, the Advisor will play a key role in developing guidance, knowledge products and advisory notes with the objective of influencing the approach taken by the international community to supporting security and justice reform or development. The incumbent will also contribute to advisory field support and training activities. The successful applicant should bring to this position thematic knowledge and experience in security sector governance and reform, as well as strong writing and presentation skills.
1. Knowledge production and lesson identification (60%):
- Contribute, and lead when appropriate, to OAK mandates such as donor SSG/R portfolio mappings focusing thematically or geographically, including project management activities, mentoring and coaching of team members and reporting on results and outcomes.
- Contribute to the identification and development of key ISSAT Advisory Notes contributing to the knowledge base and supplying recommendations to ISSAT’s Governing Board Members on strategic linkages between SSG/R and emerging policy agendas.
- Lead on the identification of SSG/R good practice, feeding into ISSAT’s strategic objective of building the business case for SSG/R. This involves extracting lessons, reflecting on what works and providing an analytical framework for donors on how SSG/R contributes to stabilisation, conflict prevention and development.
- Contribute to the development of emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in the area of SSG/R. This involves contributing to After Action Reviews and extracting lessons from ISSAT’s field engagements to feed into ISSAT’s and the wider multilateral SSG/R policy development and implementation.
- Contribute to building new partnerships to explore new trends, challenges and opportunities as relevant to donor supported programming.
- Contribute to high level expert and policy forums, expanding the outreach of ISSAT’s portfolio and linking lesson learning from SSG/R programming to strategic donor decision-making.
- Contribute to further development of ISSAT’s methodology and guidance products on project cycle management and main SSG/R thematic areas, leading on designated products;
- Contribute to in-house brainstorming sessions to determine latest trends, challenges and opportunities in the area of security sector reform and its related themes.
- Develop and run learning events, within ISSAT, DCAF and the wider SSG/R community as necessary.
- Contribute to the promotion of SSG/R to donors, through support to Governing Board meetings, presentations, DCAF-wide consultations, etc.
- Contribute blog posts, forum responses and other inputs to the ISSAT SSG/R Community of Practice.
- Provide content to ISSAT’s annual activity reports and other such periodic reports that may be required by the Head of Outreach and Knowledge.
- Contribute to the shaping and development of OAK’s knowledge and learning strategy documents and outreach guidelines.
- Support Head of OAK to develop and reinforce the coherence and utility of the ISSAT Community of Practice.
2. Advisory Field Support (20%)
- Provide advice and guidance on security and justice governance to ISSAT’s Governing Board Members undertaking security and justice sector reform programme assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation missions.
- Contribute to or lead individual Justice and Security Sector Reform support missions related to assessments, programme design, M&E, and lesson identification.
- Support the provision of assistance to ISSAT Governing Board Members in developing their policies for SSG/R support.
- Present findings from missions to donors and partner states or at conferences, seminars or training courses as required.
3. Professional Development and Training (20%)
- Contribute to the design and delivery of standardised or tailored training programmes, courses and conferences to meet donor, partner and ISSAT needs.
- Maintain the innovation of ISSAT activities through a substantive commitment to ongoing personal training and professional development.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of professional and learning development pathways and curriculum for SSG/R practitioners, which may include training modules as well as other learning, coaching and mentoring opportunities, ensuring that such pathways are designed in line with international best practices, and ISSAT’s strategic and development objectives.
- Contribute to the production of policies, methodological tools and guidelines to ensure effective and efficient training procedures, as well as their dissemination to GBMs and other partners.
- Contribute to the identification of internal ISSAT staff training opportunities and identification of opportunities for other DCAF colleagues to participate in ISSAT trainings.
- Contribute to the provision of assistance to ISSAT’s Governing Board Members in developing their policies for SSG/R training and professional development.
Your experience :
• Masters degree in law, conflict studies, international relations, development, political science, or a related field;
• Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in SSG/R and/or related international development work; field experience is mandatory;
• Proactive and have demonstrated an ability to work as part of a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team;
• Excellent communication (verbal and written), and excellent drafting and presentational skills, as well as the ability to network and liaise effectively with a wide range of potential stakeholders at all levels both within governments and non-governmental and multinational organisations;
• Able to analyse situations quickly and effectively, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and produce workable solutions to meet donor requirements – SSG/R is a fast developing field and it will be necessary to retain currency in the latest thinking and developments;
• Interest in international relations and development issues, fundamental to the SSG/R concept;
• Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Arabic, German, Spanish or Portuguese is an added advantage; and,
• a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience;
• the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people; and,
• the chance to contribute to a securer world.
If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to OAKrecruitment@dcaf.ch by midnight (CET) on 25th of May 2021 with the subject heading “APPLICATION OAK SSG/R Advisor”, enclosing:
• a one-page motivational statement in English describing your story and what you can bring to DCAF; and,
• 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.