Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) 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 comprises 62 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. 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 principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit

DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships Division works with business, governments and communities to improve security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We are a strategic implementing partner for both the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) and an Observer to the Voluntary Principles on security and Human Rights (VPs). In partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), our work supports companies operating in complex environments to ensure that human rights are integrated into their business practices. For more information, please see:  

The role       

The successful applicant will play a key role, with the Head of Division, in managing the division’s programmes and providing oversight to the division’s staff. The position will also involve representational duties. Part of a professional team in Geneva, the Deputy Head will contribute to strengthening the Division’s policy research work while promoting regional and national implementation of applicable international norms and good practices.

Key activities:

  • Provide management oversight to divisional work programmes
  • Ensure effective supervision and mentoring support to staff within the Division
  • Represent the division both within DCAF and with external stakeholders
  • Enable continuous improvement in division’s programme and human resource management processes
  • Lead planning, implementation and management of assigned projects
  • Identify opportunities to develop new projects, build partnerships and expand the donor base for the division’s work



  • Proven experience in programme development and management as well as donor relations;
  • Demonstrable track record and commitment to staff mentoring and development;
  • At least 10 years of applied policy experience in the fields of business and human rights, international development, and/or security sector governance and reform;
  • Ability to represent DCAF at a senior level with relevant stakeholders in public institutions, parliaments, civil society and the private sector;
  • Familiarity with key international policy frameworks and multilateral initiatives including the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ICoC, Montreux Document and the VPs.
    Additional skills or experience:
  • Advanced degree in political science/ international relations, economics, business, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field;
  • Fluency in English and French or Spanish, both written and spoken, is essential. Additional languages considered a plus;
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite.

We offer:

  • 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 1 March 2019 with the subject heading “Deputy Head of Division”, 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. 

To learn more and to apply for the position, Deputy Head, Public-Private Partnerships Division, please follow the link provided. 

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: April 1, 2019 to indefinite