Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)

DCAF is an international foundation under Swiss law, based in Geneva, Switzerland. DCAF is the world’s leading institution in the area of security sector reform (SSR) and security sector governance (SSG). DCAF’s core area of activities are 1) advisory field support, 2) policy-relevant research, 3) promotion of emerging norms and standards, and 4) advocacy and training in the areas of SSR/SSG. 

Telephone: +41 22 741 9400
Fax: +41 22 741 9405
Website: www.dcaf.ch
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2E
Case Postale 1360
1202 Geneva
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Introductory Course on Security Sector Governance and Oversight for National Assembly of Armenia.

mandate in Armenia 07/10/2009 - 09/10/2009

This mission was a three day Introductory Course on Security Sector Governance and Oversight for government officials and members of the National Assembly of Armenia.

Mandate

Training Session for Members of the Security and Defense Committee - Assembly of Serbia.

mandate in Serbia 26/04/2010 - 27/04/2010

Two-day training session for Members of the Committee on Security and Defense of the Assembly of Serbia.

Mandate

DCAF Assessment study on Security Sector governance and oversight in Kosovo.

mandate in Kosovo 22/02/2010 - 26/02/2010

This mission was implemented to conduct an assessment study on Security Sector governance and oversight in Kosovo.

Mandate

DCAF-ISSAT SSR Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/10/2019 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 04/08/2019 00:00

ISSAT is a Department of DCAF established in 2008 in response to the need to increase the capacity of the international community to support Security Sector Governance/Reform (SSG/R) processes, to enhance the effectiveness and quality of SSG/R programming, and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of international assistance for nationally driven SSR/G processes. It provides practical support to the international community in its efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states. It does this by working with a group of member states and institutions to develop and promote good security and justice reform practices and principles, and by helping its members to build their capacity to support national and regional security and justice reform processes. The ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its Governing Board Members. 

We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual for the role of SSR Officer – (100 %) to be based in Geneva with regular travel. 

An SSR Officer (SSRO) within ISSAT is a professional level, multidisciplinary profile, able to undertake activities related to Advisory Field Support (AFS), professional development and training (PDT), and advocacy & outreach and knowledge (OAK), including the development of operational tools in the area of SSR programme design, assessment and monitoring and evaluation. It is a demanding role with advocacy and outreach aspects to wide-ranging high-level departmental contacts within donor states, their staff overseas, international organisations and partner nations.

To access the Terms of References and conditions to apply, kindly consult the attached document. 

Vacancy

Finance Officer, Business and Security Division (Maternity Cover)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 30/06/2019 12:00

DCAF Business and Security 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. DCAF Business and Security Division is looking for a motivated and experienced individual for the role of Finance Officer (80-100%). 

For full access to the vacancy, Finance Officer, Business and Security Division, kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

Programme Manager, Business and Security Division

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 30/06/2019 12:00

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 Business and Security 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. 

The division is looking for a motivated and experienced individual for the role of Programme Manager. For full access to the vacancy, Programme Manager, Business and Security Division, kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

COORDINATEUR RÉSIDENT DU PROGRAMME AU MALI

Location: Bamako, Mali
Application Deadline: 15/06/2019 12:00

DCAF met en œuvre un projet multi-annuel (2017-2020) Améliorer la Gouvernance du Secteur de la Sécurité  au Mali  financé par les Pays-Bas et a ouvert un bureau-pays à Bamako fin 2018 dans le cadre de ce projet. Sous la supervision du Coordinateur du Programme au Mali, le titulaire du poste aura pour principale mission, d’appuyer l’organisation des activités du projet, de recueillir et d’organiser des informations (base des données, rapports, présentations, notes d’information…) pour les activités menées par l'équipe du projet et les résultats / effets de ces activités. 

Pour postuler à l'offre d'emploi, COORDINATEUR RÉSIDENT DU PROGRAMME AU MALI, veuillez suivre le lien.

Vacancy

DCAF Communications Manager

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 03/06/2019 12:00

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.

For our Communication department, we are looking for an experienced communication professional and highly qualified individual to be our next Communications Manager. For full access to the vacancy, DCAF Communications Manager, kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

Project Officer (100%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 14/06/2019 23:00

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (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 63 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 www.dcaf.ch.

For our Europe and Central Asia Division, we are looking for a dynamic and highly qualified expert to be our next:

 

Project Officer (100%)

Title: Project Officer

Unit: Europe and Central Asia Division, Operations Department

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Reporting: The Project Officer will be assigned to the DCAF Europe and Central Asia Division.

Tasks and responsibilities: The Project Officer will be responsible for supporting the implementation of project activities in the Division’s area of operations. The incumbent will in particular support DCAF activities in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia focusing on security sector reform and security sector governance (institutional capacity building, policy influencing/legal reform).

Key areas of responsibility include:

Assist in managing the planning, implementation and monitoring of assigned projects in the Division’s area of operation.

Participate in the development of project proposals, preparation and management of project budgets and relevant financial documents, in cooperation with the assigned supervisor and the DCAF accounting team.

Contribute to the development and implementation of a project monitoring and evaluation systems and work to collect data to facilitate monitoring of project activities.

Contribute to the drafting, reviewing and editing of project-related documents and reports.

Carry out logistical and administrative tasks for the smooth running of project activities, including assisting with the booking of travel arrangements, preparing contracts, maintaining appropriate hard copy and electronic materials, developing expert terms of reference, implementing tendering procedures etc.

Maintain frequent and clear communication and effective working relationships with project team members, external experts and key project counterparts and beneficiaries.

Key qualifications

  • Advanced University degree in political science, international relations, security studies, development studies, conflict studies, or a related field.
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience. 
  • Knowledge of challenges of post-communist transformation and democratic transition processes in the Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written; excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong drafting and editing capacities.
  • Fluency in Russian language will be considered an important asset.
  • Relevant field experience supporting national reforms will be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience in project management in development assistance will be considered an important asset.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with effective time management and ability to prioritize and plan own work to meet deadlines – periodically working on your own.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to travel within the Division’s area of responsibility.
  • Swiss or EU citizenship, or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application, is a prerequisite.

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

Indicative starting date: July 2019 

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to c.cattaud@dcaf.ch by 14/06/2019 with the subject heading Project Officer ECA, 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)

 

Candidates are requested to provide an indication of their employment availability and preferred start date.

Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

INTERNATIONAL EXPERT – INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MONITORING AND EVALUATION)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 09/05/2019 23:00

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (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 www.dcaf.ch

The DCAF’s Middle East and North Africa Division is working with the Capability, Accountability and Sustainability Programme (CASP) in Palestine.

CAPS is a UK funded programme of support to the Palestinian Security Sector. CASP will deliver improved financial and human resources management, policy-making capability, a more effective security sector complaints handling system, and increased internal accountability of Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF). This work is one stream of the UK’s Conflict, Security and Stability programme on the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP). The overall objective of the programme is “A contribution to the construction of conditions needed for successful negotiations resulting in a lasting 2 State Solution.” The Outcome of this project is: “A more capable, accountable, sustainable and inclusive PA security sector; and improved, more inclusive PA legitimacy and ability to govern.”

For our Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for a:

 

International expert – Institutional development (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Location:                            Home based with one mission to Ramallah, Palestine

Starting date:                   The Mandate covers the period from 13 May 2019 to 30 June 2019

Duration:                             15 days

 

The role

The mandate consists of:

  • Building up a M&E system for the programme based on the logical framework and donor’s requirements.
  • Developing a simple project information management policy and structures.
  • Developing M&E tools to aggregate data from the programme activities.
  • Providing M&E training to DCAF Ramallah office staff.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or other related field preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in M&E.
  • Previous work in/with public institutions as well as with senior management of governmental institutions;
  • Thorough proven experience in implementing projects and M&E systems in the oPt;
  • Previous experience of working in the oPt;
  • Excellent command of oral and written English. Arabic is a strong asset;
  • Experience in working in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams;
  • Experience in facilitating and drafting workshops
  • Proven experience in developing an intervention plan including: outputs, activities, time frame, defining roles and responsibilities, risk plan.
     
    Skills
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills;
  • Proven problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and towards tight deadlines;
  • Cultural sensitivity;
  • IT skills, particularly in Word and Excel.

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

The proposal must be submitted before Thursday the 9th of May 2019, 23:00 Geneva time, in an electronic version to DCAF email address (opmena@dcaf.ch) stating in the subject “International expert – Institutional development (M&E)”.

The proposal must contain the following elements:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • CV
     

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator (Fundraising, Donor Relations & Reporting)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 12/05/2019 12:00

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 www.dcaf.ch

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for an exceptional professional to be our next Project Coordinator (Fundraising, Donor Relations and Reporting) / (100 %). 

For the job announcement, Project Coordinator (Fundraising, Donor Relations and Reporting), kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

DCAF-ISSAT Professional Development and Training Project Assistant

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 05/04/2019 17:00

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 www.dcaf.ch

Under the direction and coordination of ISSAT’s Head of PDT, the post-holder will support the work of ISSAT’s Professional Development & Training services and mainly 

  • Contribute to the research, design, development and dissemination of PDT curricula, face-to-face and online training courses and related Security Sector Governance/Reform (SSG/R) training material and topics in multiple languages;
  • Support the design and development of SSG/R related PDT tools and exercises for face-to-face and online trainings and workshops (events)

For the terms of reference and information on how to apply, kindly consult the attached PDF document. 

Vacancy

Project Officer, Web and Communication (100%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (opmena@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 31/03/2019 23:55

Operations Department, Division Middle East and North Africa

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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).

Our Operations Middle East and North Africa Division is looking for:

Position:                    Project Officer, MENA Division, Geneva

Location:                   Geneva

Starting date:            As soon as possible

Duration:                   Two years

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.         Project management 

  • Manages all the MENA Division websites, databases and social media presence of the MENA Division, oversees the technical maintenance, development, and implementation, updates the design, and periodically evaluates the impact of the above platforms.
  • Supports the Programme Managers in the planning, organising and coordination of the work of all staff and external consultants or experts who provide the substantial content for the MENA Division websites and databases.
  • Monitors the performance and ensures the quality of all websites, databases and social media presence, making recommendations about further developments and improvements.
  • Develops innovative content, products, strategies and solutions to strengthen MENA Division web presence, including on social media.
  1. Administrative tasks
  • Provides budgeting and planning related to websites and databases, in coordination with and support to MENA Division overall budgeting and planning.
  • Ensures that all high quality narrative and financial reporting is produced and submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Manages all administrative and financial aspects related to the Division’s websites and other online platforms.
  1. Support to MENA Management
  • Supports the MENA Division management in the coordination, improvement and development of the divisional communication and media strategy, in coherence and coordination with DCAF corporate communication policies.
  • In coordination with TFNA and operational management, supports strategies aimed at improving and expanding internal and external communication aimed at donors and potential donors to the Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA).

Required competencies and qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience
  • Graduate degree in communications, web design, or another relevant field
  • Oral and written fluency in English, fluency in French is strongly desired. Arabic is an asset
  • Prior experience with Wordpress, CMS, and website management a strong asset

Additional skills:

  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Initiative, confidence and ability to offer and implement ideas
  • Personal commitment to improving your own knowledge and skills
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at time of application is a prerequisite

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.

Candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their CV with a cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to: opmena@dcaf.ch by 31 March 2019. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more information regarding the post Project Officer, Web and Communication (100%), please follow the link.

Vacancy

Resident Project Coordinator

Location: Niamey, Niger
Application Deadline: 15/03/2019 23:55

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 www.dcaf.ch.

DCAF is currently looking for a dynamic and motivated Resident project coordinator working in Niamey, Niger. Please, note that this vacancy requires fluency in French.

For more information regarding the post Resident Project Coordinator, please follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator, National Representative

Location: Bamako, Mali
Period: 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2021
Application Contact: (africa.programme@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 18/03/2019 23:55

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 www.dcaf.ch.

DCAF is currently looking for a dynamic and motivated Project Coordinator, National Representative working in Bamako. Please, note that this vacancy requires fluency in French.

For more information regarding the post Project Coordinator, National Representative, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Professional Development and Training Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 02/03/2019 17:00

Under the direction and coordination of the Professional Development and Training (PDT) Coordinator, the post-holder will support the work of DCAF-ISSAT’s Professional Development and Training service line

  • by contributing to the ongoing design, development and oversight of both face-to-face and online training courses on SSR and related topics in multiple languages;
  • acting as the DCAF-ISSAT focal point for all e-learning development, training and evaluation, to provide oversight for on-line training platform performance, calendar and resources, and liaise regularly with the DCAF-ISSAT web technical lead; and by
  • participating alongside, and in support of, the PDT coordinator and relevant DCAF-ISSAT core staff and roster members in the delivery of face-to-face trainings. 

Kindly consult the below PDF document for the application details and terms of reference. 

Vacancy

Resident Project Coordinator/Ssr Adviser (100%)

Location: Banjul, Gambia, The
Application Deadline: 15/02/2019 23:55

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 63 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 www.dcaf.ch

For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next:

Position                              Resident Project Coordinator/SSR Adviser (100%)

Location                              Banjul, Gambia

Period of contract:          Starting as soon as possible, until October 31st (with the possibility of an extension.)

Reporting to                      SSAD Head of Division

1) Background

Security and rule of law institutions in The Gambia face deep-rooted governance challenges as a direct result of 22 years of authoritarian rule.

The reform of the security sector is therefore key priority to stabilizing the newly elected government and volatile society in order to sustain peace in The Gambia. Security institutions in The Gambia include the armed forces, police, immigration service, customs, correction service, intelligence service and drug and law enforcement.

To support the security sector reform process DCAF is recruiting a Resident Project Coordinator / Senior Security Sector Advisor, to support key security sector actors of the Gambia. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on and managing governance programs in the context of developing or transitional states. The Resident Project Coordinator is based in Banjul, Gambia, and will lead an EU funded program to contribute to security sector reform in the Gambia.

2) Duties and Responsibilities

Project management

  • Manage all aspects of the implementation of DCAF’s program in the Gambia;
  • Oversee a portfolio of program components with diverse partners;
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, police and security forces, community leaders, civil society, media, regional bodies, project donors, and the United Nations;
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate project implementation including data collection, internal or independent evaluations, course correction or iteration;
  • Monitor, measure and provide written reports of political developments and program results in the Gambia;
  • Ensure communication with SSAD team in Geneva is seamless and comprehensive;
  • Oversee execution of budget approved by management;
  • Actively engage in resource mobilization with potential donors and government counterparts at country level;
  • Stay abreast of developments, donor strategies in The Gambia, and identify concrete opportunities for DCAF to contribute to SSR and governance initiatives;
  • In consultation with the Geneva SSAD Gambia team and Head of Division, support the development of the next phase of The Gambia program;
  • Supervise national staff of the Banjul office.

Advice to the security sector reform process

  • Support the coordination and the  general architecture of the SSR process and advise on the inclusion of the gender dimension;
  • Support the Government’s effort to develop an inclusive national security policy that complies with international best practices and norms;
  • Through ongoing advice with national authorities and organization and facilitation of events and capacity-building activities, manage in close coordination with DCAF headquarter the implementation of the project activities, notably:
  • Support the legal reform process governing the security institutions;
  • Support the strengthening of the Defence and Security Committee of the National Assembly in its role in the SSR process;
  • Support the Gambian CSOs and the media to participate fully in the SSR reform process;
  • Support state and non-state actors in mainstreaming gender throughout the SSR process and security institutions.

3) Criteria for the candidates:

Education:

Advanced university degree in political science, law, international relations or a related field; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience working on governance projects in the context of states undergoing transition or democratic reform, in Africa or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic advice to high-level political leadership in the area of SSR;
  • Extensive experience in working with military and civil affairs and notably civilian management of SSR processes;
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and design, budget management, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience liaising with donors, embassies, and international organisations in the field, especially the EU, UN, AU, ECOWAS;
  • Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Experience in working in the region is highly desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English with excellent written and oral skills;
  • A good working knowledge of French is desirable.
     

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 africa.programme@dcaf.ch by 15th February with the subject heading Recruitment PC Gambia 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).
     

Due to a large amount of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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, Resident Project Coordinator/Ssr Adviser (100%), please follow the link provided. 

Vacancy

Coordinateur/Trice De Projet Résident(E) 100%

Location: Niamey, Niger
Application Contact: (africa.programme@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 11/02/2019 23:55

Le Centre pour le Contrôle Démocratique des Forces Armées - Genève (DCAF) a pour mission de renforcer la sécurité de l’État et des citoyens dans le respect de l’État de droit, de la bonne gouver­nance démocratique, et des droits humains.

Le DCAF assiste des États partenaires et la communauté interna­tionale dans leurs efforts pour renforcer la gouvernance du secteur de la sécurité par des réformes inclusives conformes aux normes et aux bonnes pratiques internationales en la matière.

Le DCAF fournit du conseil stratégique, participe à la promotion des normes et des bonnes pratiques, et contribue au renforcement des capacités d’acteurs du secteur de la sécurité – gouver­nementaux et non-gouvernementaux – ainsi que d’organisations intergouvernementales dans leur soutien des processus de réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS).

Pour notre division Afrique Subsaharienne, nous sommes à la recherche d’un(e) collaborateur-trice dynamique, organisé et créatif-ve pour le poste suivant :

Coordinateur/trice de projet résident(e)

Lieu :                                               Niamey, Niger

Occupation :                                   100%

Date d’entrée :                                Démarrage au plus tôt

Date de fin :                                    Décembre 2020

Durée :                                            Contrat à durée déterminée

Position :                                          

  1. Contexte

Situé au cœur de la région du Sahel, le Niger reste un État fragile, marqué par des intrusions récurrentes de la part des militaires dans la vie politique. En 50 ans d’indépendance, le pays a connu deux rébellions armées et quatre coups d’État militaires. En 2010, un groupe d'officiers de l'armée a renversé le président Tandja avant de rapidement reprendre le pouvoir au contrôle civil. Le renforcement de l‘architecture de sécurité du Niger et son ancrage dans une culture de l’état de droit et de responsabilité démocratique sont plus nécessaires que jamais. Un certain nombre d'initiatives sont en cours au niveau sectoriel avec l'appui de partenaires internationaux mais ces efforts ne peuvent se limiter à la création de capacités militaires. Ils doivent également remédier à d'importants déficits de gouvernance du secteur sécuritaire pour que celui-ci ne perde pas de sa légitimité vis à vis de la population et que cette situation ne contribue à fragiliser la cohésion entre l’Etat et la population, au bénéfice des groupes extrémistes.

L'engagement actuel du DCAF au Niger est financé par la République fédérale d‘Allemagne dans le cadre d‘une subvention de 24 mois intitulée "Accroître la responsabilisation du secteur de la sécurité au Niger". Pour soutenir la mise en œuvre de ce projet, DCAF recrute un Coordinateur Résident, basé à Niamey.

2) Responsabilités

Représentation et administration

  • Gérer l’installation du bureau du DCAF à Niamey, y compris et si nécessaire la préparation d‘un mémorandum d'accord avec les autorités compétentes, sécuriser les locaux, l'équipement et le mobilier, recruter et embaucher le personnel national et initier les processus administratifs et opérationnels;
  • Assurer la liaison et la coordination avec les parties prenantes nationales et internationales concernées, notamment les autorités exécutives et législatives, la police et les forces de sécurité, la société civile, les médias, les organismes régionaux et la communauté internationale présente au Niger;
  • Assurer la surveillance de la bonne gestion financière du bureau conformément au Manuel des procédures et politiques financières du DCAF;
  • Aider efficacement les consultants et le personnel du DCAF à préparer et à mener à bien leurs missions au Niger;
  • Identifier et exploiter les opportunités de financements des agences internationales et bilatérales et des agences donatrices;
  • Représenter le DCAF lors de conférences, réunions et autres forums.
  • Surveiller et fournir un aperçu mensuel de la situation en matière de sécurité, de l’évolution de la situation politique et des autres initiatives de RSS au Niger;
  • Assurer une communication transparente et complète avec l'équipe SSAD à Genève.
  • Assurer une communication étroite avec le bailleur de fonds via l’Ambassade d’Allemagne

Gestion programmatique

En collaboration étroite avec les équipes de DCAF :

  • Conseiller les acteurs nationaux et les partenaires concernés sur la conception et la mise en œuvre des politiques et programmes de réforme des institutions sécuritaires, y compris dans leur volet suivi et évaluation;
  • Conseiller les institutions nationales chargées du contrôle civil des forces de sécurité (gouvernement, parlement, société civile, etc.) sur la manière d’exercer cette fonction de manière efficace ;
  • Préparer, planifier et assurer la bonne mise en œuvre des activités prévues du projet, réviser régulièrement le cadre logique, le plan d’action et les budgets associés;
  • Contribuer au développement et à la mise à jour périodique de la stratégie d’intervention de DCAF au Niger, via un processus consultatif et participatif avec les partenaires Nigériens;
  • Assurer la préparation, l'exactitude et la soumission en temps voulu de rapports financiers et narratifs conformes aux accords de subvention ou de contrat et des politiques internes du DCAF;
  • Tenir les partenaires nationaux et les autres intervenants informés de l'état d'avancement des projets, des plans de développement de nouveaux programmes, projets et activités.

3) Critères de recrutement.

Formation

Diplôme universitaire du niveau de la maîtrise en sciences politiques, en droit, en relations internationales ou dans une discipline apparentée; une combinaison de qualifications académiques pertinentes et d'une vaste expérience peut être acceptée à la place du diplôme universitaire supérieur.

Expérience

  • Au moins sept années d'expérience professionnelle dans des projets de gouvernance dans le contexte d'États en transition ou en cours de réforme démocratique.
  • Expérience significative sur les questions relatives aux réformes des institutions sécuritaires et de défense.
  • Expérience confirmée de la planification et de la conception de projets, de la gestion budgétaire, de la mise en œuvre, du suivi et de l'évaluation de projets.
  • Expériences en matière  la liaison avec les donateurs, les ambassades et les organisations internationales sur le terrain.
  • Excellent sens de l'organisation avec une grande attention portée aux détails.
  • Une expérience professionnelle dans la région est hautement souhaitable.

Compétences linguistiques

  • Maîtrise du français avec un excellent niveau à l'écrit et à l'oral.
  • Une bonne connaissance pratique de l’anglais est nécessaire.

Nous offrons :

  • Une expérience gratifiante, dynamique et stimulante.
  • La chance de faire partie d’une équipe multiculturelle travaillant dur et partageant  des valeurs.
  • La chance de contribuer à l’amélioration de la sécurité étatique et des individus en accord avec un cadre de gouvernance démocratique, les règles de la loi et le respect des droits de l’homme.

Si vous pensez correspondre à ce profil, merci d’envoyer votre dossier de candidature à africa.programme@dcaf.ch jusqu’au 11 février avec la mention Recrutement PC Niger dans le titre :

  • Une lettre de motivation d’une page en français décrivant votre expérience et ce que vous pensez pouvoir apporter à DCAF.
  • Un CV concis (maximum 2 pages).

Dans l’incapacité de répondre à chacun, veuillez noter que seulement les candidats retenus seront contactés.

DCAF favorise l’égalité des chances et encourage les candidatures de toutes les personnes qualifiées sans discrimination de genre, âge, handicap, religion ou ethnicité.

Afin d'accéder à l'offre d'emploi, Coordinateur/Trice De Projet Résident(E) 100%, veuillez suivre le lien.

Vacancy

Chargé(e) de projet - Palestine

Location: Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
Application Deadline: 01/02/2019 23:55

Le responsable de projet assistera le responsable de programme principal dans le développement, le suivi, la mise en œuvre et la coordination des activités en Palestine.

Les principaux domaines de responsabilité comprennent:

  • Soutenir la mise en œuvre, le suivi et le compte rendu des projets de réforme des secteurs de la sécurité et de la justice en Palestine
  • Rédiger des concepts de projets ainsi que des propositions de projet à soumettre au siège à Genève et aux donateurs
  • Rédiger des rapports de projets et financiers de qualité, dans les délais impartis pour la soumission finale au siège à Genève et / ou aux donateurs
  • Réaliser des recherches sur des questions relatives à la gouvernance et à la réforme du secteur de la sécurité et de la justice en Palestine à présenter à la direction du bureau de Ramallah
  • Identifier de nouvelles opportunités de projets à l’appui de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité en Palestine: procéder à une évaluation des besoins, identifier des partenaires locaux et analyser les objectifs stratégiques des donateurs
  • Contribuer à l'élaboration d'un système de suivi et d'évaluation à intégrer au processus de gestion axée sur les résultats (RBM) du DCAF
  • Représenter le DCAF aux réunions de coordination

Afin d'accéder à l'offre d'emploi, Chargé(e) de projet - Palestine, veuillez suivre le lien.

Vacancy

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)

Location: Banjul, Gambia, The
Application Deadline: 25/01/2019 00:00

About DCAF and the EU-funded Project “Support to the Security Sector Reform in The Gambia”. 

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, known as DCAF, is dedicated to improving the security of people and the states they live in within a framework of democratic governance, rule of law and human rights. DCAF assists partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. DCAF provides policy advice, promotes norms and good practices, and supports capacity-building of governmental and non-governmental security sector stakeholders, as well as of intergovernmental organizations, to support security sector reform processes. DCAF’s project in The Gambia seeks to contribute to meaningful security sector reform and greater accountability, leading to improved peace and security for the Gambian population. The 18-month EU-IcSP-funded project is organized along two main lines of intervention interlinked through an inclusive vision of SSG/R. It focuses on two objectives: 1) supporting the government of The Gambia in its efforts to launch a deep and inclusive SSR process; and 2) enhancing external oversight of the security sector by state and non-state actors.

Population Based Study - Objectives

The general objective of the Population Based Study is to ensure that the SSR process is tailored to the population’s security and justice perceptions and needs. Specific objectives include: 

  1. Assess the security and safety concerns citizens have in their communities;
  2. Assess the security and safety challenges citizens experience, and the use of the available mechanisms to access security and justice;
  3. Generate findings on the level of trust of the population in security and justice actors and existing  mechanisms;
  4. Assess the expectations of citizens with respect to the government’s sustained efforts to reform the security sector;
  5. Determine the challenges individuals encounter when approaching security and justice actors, including difficulties experienced by diverse members of the population.

Result framework

Immediate outcome: Qualitative and quantitative data generated by the perception study are used by national stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions on the SSR process, including reform needs and priorities.

Output: A Population Based Study of Security and Justice needs and priorities will be available to inform the national SSR policy.

Scope of work and main deliverables

The selected applicant will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Draft a comprehensive and suitable survey instrument and methodology. The suggested sample size out of the total population is tobe drawn at 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error;
  2. Develop specific questionnaires for each target group to assess relevant indicators (previously agreed with the DCAF team), which recognize the political realities and context on the ground. The questionnaires should both the “perception” of security by respondents and their actual experience (as victim or witnesses).
  3. Draft the final report of survey which will consist of presentation of the findings, analyses of the findings, challenges experienced during the survey, and lessons learnt.
  4. The study should be conducted across the entire country.
  5. Draft public communications material (short report that can be published).
  6. Disseminate results and findings as requested. 
     
    Consultancy Implementation Arrangements
     

The consultant will design and conduct all the activities of the survey and be responsible for all the logistical arrangements.

Duration of Assignment

The assignment will be for a period of three (3) months commencing in the first quarter of 2019.

Main Required Qualifications and Experience of Key Staff

Key Staff 1 (Team Leader):  Team leader with Master`s degree in social science or relevant field and five years’ relevant experience

Key Staff 2 (Deputy Team Leader): Deputy Team Leader with master`s degree in Social Science or in relevant field with 3 years’ relevant experience or bachelor`s degree in social science and 10 years’ similar experience

Key Staff (Coordinator): Coordinator with bachelor`s degree in social science or in relevant field and 5 years’ similar experience

Scope of the survey

Applicant should explain its understanding of the scope of this Assignment in their own words .

Background and experience

The applicant should clearly explain its capacity and previous experiences to undertake this assignment. Moreover, the applicant must allow DCAF to contact the relevant references to confirm the validity of such progress and work experience in the past.

Methodology

The applicant should explain its methodology and approach to the survey, including demonstrating an understanding of the survey objectives and suggest key research questions for the survey.

Quality Assurance Plan

The applicant must explain its quality assurance mechanisms for each stage of the survey process.

Project Management

The applicant is expected to explain the project management approach during the implementation process. This should include, but not be limited to staff, monitoring and evaluation mechanism, training and progress reporting.

Work plan

The applicant should provide a tentative work plan, including time frame, with list of activities required and resources needed.

Application Procedures:

In the first instance, interested individual consultants should contact DCAF for a full copy of the RFP.

Interested individual consultants must then submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Letter of interest.
  2. Updated personal CV highlighting previous experience in similar assignments and with contact details of two to three professional references.
  3. Approaches and methodologies for undertaking the study/ survey.
  4. Technical and financial proposal with a budgeted workplan.
     
    All applications should be addressed directly to the Country Team Leader, DCAF Banjul Office, Emporium III, Kairaba Avenue; an e-copy should also be sent to h.blackman@dcaf.ch
     
    Closing date for submission is 25th January 2019.

To learn more and to apply for the position, Individual Consultancy, please follow the link provided. 

Vacancy

Coordinateur de projet - Représentant national au Mali

Location: Bamako, Mali
Application Deadline: 31/12/2018 23:59

Le Centre pour le Contrôle Démocratique des Forces Armées (DCAF) est à la recherche d’un Coordinateur de Projet, représentant national de DCAF au Mali pour appuyer les autorités nationales dans leurs efforts visant à réformer la gouvernance du secteur sécuritaire et à renforcer la cohésion entre les forces de défense et de sécurité et les populations. Le Coordinateur de projet sera basé à Bamako (Mali). Il coordonnera une équipe nationale et internationale d’experts et assurera le développement et le pilotage des activités dans le cadre de la stratégie programmatique de DCAF au Mali. Le Coordonnateur de projets, représentant de DCAF au Mali, est rattaché au Chef de Division pour l’Afrique Sub-Saharienne de DCAF et au Coordinateur de programme, basés à Genève.

Afin d'accéder à l'offre d'emploi, Coordinateur de projet - Représentant national au Mali, veuillez suivre le lien.

Vacancy

Programme Manager - Creation of a Committee for Police Ethics

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Application Deadline: 30/11/2018 23:55

DCAF's Tunisia office is looking for a highly motivated and qualified Programme Manager

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission of DCAF Tunis, the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting and coordinating the implementation of the project "Creation of a committee for police ethics" in accordance with the terms of reference and in constant interaction with the working group, the national authorities and the European Union Delegation.

Requirements:

  • An advanced university degree in a subject of interest to our Centre
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience in the design, management and implementation of projects, with practical experience in SSR, governance or police reform/accountability
  • Proven track record in management, supervision and animation of working groups
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Excellent command of French (written and spoken), very good command of English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

For more information about the Programme Manager position, or to find out how to apply, please follow the link

Vacancy

PROJECT ASSISTANT - SOUTHEAST EUROPE DIVISION (50%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 02/12/2018 23:59

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. 

For our Operations South East Europe Division, we are looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to be our next: 

Project Assistant - Southeast Europe Division  (50%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland with occasional travel

Starting date: January 2019

Duration: Up to two years

 The role 

The incumbent will be assigned to the DCAF Operations SEE Division and report to the Deputy Head of the Division.

The incumbent will assist in the implementation of activities to foster security sector governance and oversight primarily in countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, including the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

Key areas of operation: Suggest maximum of six bullet points

  • Assist in implementing projects, including drafting of project proposals, implementation of and reporting on project activities and preparation of information dissemination on project results;
  • Assist in organizing capacity building activities, including the set-up of workshops, seminars and other training activities, with a focus on the logistical set-up of events and the preparation of training materials;
  • Assist in drafting funding proposals and correspondence with donors;
  • Facilitate research on project-related topics;
  • Provide assistance in preparation and submission of necessary financial and narrative documentation according to relevant DCAF and donor procedures;
  • Draft and follow up contracts, keep track of reporting requirements and relevant payments;
  • Facilitate data collection to monitor project activities;
  • Maintain records, documents and other information on project activities;
  • Prepare material for webpage and IT based project management tools;
  • Any other assigned substantive and administrative tasks.

To find out more about the PROJECT ASSISTANT - SOUTHEAST EUROPE DIVISION (50%) position, or for information on how to apply,  please follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Assistant - Southeast Europe Division (50%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland with occasional travel, Switzerland
Period: 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Project Assistant – Kosovo and Armenia” (c.cattaud@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 30/11/2018 23:50

 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 www.dcaf.ch 

For our Operations South East Europe Division, we are looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to be our next: 

Project Assistant - Southeast Europe Division  (50%) 

Location:                          Geneva, Switzerland with occasional travel

Starting date:                   January 2019

Duration:                          Up to two years 

The role 

The incumbent will be assigned to the DCAF Operations SEE Division and report to the Deputy Head of the Division.

The incumbent will assist in the implementation of activities to foster security sector governance and oversight primarily in countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, including the South Caucasus and Central Asia. 

Key areas of operation: Suggest maximum of six bullet points 

  • Assist in implementing projects, including drafting of project proposals, implementation of and reporting on project activities and preparation of information dissemination on project results;
  • Assist in organizing capacity building activities, including the set-up of workshops, seminars and other training activities, with a focus on the logistical set-up of events and the preparation of training materials;
  • Assist in drafting funding proposals and correspondence with donors;
  • Facilitate research on project-related topics;
  • Provide assistance in preparation and submission of necessary financial and narrative documentation according to relevant DCAF and donor procedures;
  • Draft and follow up contracts, keep track of reporting requirements and relevant payments;
  • Facilitate data collection to monitor project activities;
  • Maintain records, documents and other information on project activities;
  • Prepare material for webpage and IT based project management tools;
  • Any other assigned substantive and administrative tasks 

Your experience 

  • Applicants should be DES/DEA or PhD candidates, preferably with background knowledge in political science / international relations and/or law. A specialization in security policy / security and conflict management / security sector governance is considered an asset.
  • Prior experience in assisting the management of projects, in particular assisting in the organization of conferences, workshops and training activities is preferred.
  • Knowledge of / academic focus on the Western Balkan region and the South Caucasus with a focus on security sector reform, particularly parliamentary oversight of the security sector is considered an asset.
  • Prior experience in drafting narrative and financial donor reports is considered an asset.
  • Prior experience in managing, monitoring and reporting on project finances is considered an asset. 

Additional skills

  •  Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of     application is a pre-requisite
  • Excellent      command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent      drafting and editing capacities.
  • Knowledge of      Albanian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Russian or Armenian language is      considered an asset for this position.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to      establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a      multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills with effective      time management and ability to prioritize and plan own work to meet      deadlines.
  • Ability to      work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to handle tight      deadlines and stressful situations.
  • Precision and      accuracy in executing tasks.
  • Diplomacy, tact,      discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional      ethical standards.

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 c.cattaud@dcaf.ch by 02/12/2018 with the subject heading “Project Assistant – Kosovo and Armenia” 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. 

Vacancy

L’evaluation externe a mi-parcours du projet «Ameliorer la gouvernance securitaire au Mali»

Location: Mali
Application Contact: Hervé Gonsolin (h.gonsolin@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 23/11/2018 17:00

Au Mali, le DCAF soutient le processus de Réforme et Gouvernance du secteur de la sécurité entamé depuis 2014, dans le but de contribuer au rétablissement d’institutions de sécurité fortes, crédibles, efficaces et transparentes et de renforcer les mécanismes de redevabilité et de contrôle démocratique. La présente mission d‘évaluation à mi-parcours a pour objectif principal de mesurer et analyser le degré de réalisation des activités et des objectifs du projet et de préparer la phase 2019 de mise en oeuvre.

Afin d'accéder à l'offre d'emploi, veuillez trouver ci-joint les TDR.

Vacancy

Consultant externe DCAF

Location: Niger
Application Contact: (h.gonsolin@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 26/11/2018 17:00

L'engagement actuel du DCAF au Niger, financé par la République fédérale d‘Allemagne dans le cadre de la subvention de 18 mois intitulée "Accroître la responsabilisation du secteur de la sécurité au Niger". En décembre 2018, la mise en oeuvre de ce projet arrivera à terme. Une évaluation finale s’avère nécessaire pour mesurer les résultats (changements produits directement par l’action) et les effets, l’efficacité et la qualité du travail réalisé, les approches développées et les leçons apprises lors de la mise en oeuvre afin d’arriver à formuler des orientations susceptibles d’améliorer les prochaines interventions du DCAF. Le choix d’une évaluation externe a été privilégié afin de contribuer à assurer l’indépendance, l’impartialité et la crédibilité du processus.

Afin d'accéder à l'offre d'emploi, Consultant externe DCAF, veuillez trouver ci-joint les TDR.

Vacancy

Administrative Assistant

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/12/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 21/11/2018 23:59

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is looking for a dynamic and motivated full-time (100%) administrative assistant, for a permanent position in the Operations Middle East and North Africa Division (MENA). Reporting to the Head and Deputy Head of Division, the administrative assistant will be responsible for the administrative aspects of the day to day functioning of the division.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize overall logistics support for the Division meetings, including acting as Secretary for weekly and other staff meetings
  • Act as personal assistant to the Head of Division by managing communications between the Head of Division and external stakeholders and by organizing travel and meetings
  • Coordinate and support hiring and induction of incoming staff in collaboration with HR
  • Ensure the Division’s compliance of all DCAF policies, procedures, rules and regulations related to administration and human resources

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a similar position
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Fluent in English and French
  • Ability to proactively plan and implement work, including managing multiple priorities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience of working as part of an international team
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is required

For more information about the Administrative Assistant position, or to find out how to apply, please kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Officer – 100% - Gender and Security Division

Location: Geneva, with occasional travel to different regions of the world, Switzerland
Period: 15/01/2019 to Indefinite
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Project Officer” (gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 09/12/2018 23:55

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 www.dcaf.ch 

With a nine-person team, the Gender and Security Division leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects. 

For our Gender and Security Division, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next: 

Project Officer – 100% - Gender and Security Division 

Location: Geneva, with occasional travel to different regions of the world

Starting date: January 2019

Duration: Indefinite contract

 The role             

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Division, the PO will support the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex research projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires knowledge and familiarity with gender and security, experience in applied research, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Support the design, organization and implementation of activities with partners, including policy initiatives, training, conferences, meetings, assessments, research projects, etc.
  • Support and/or implement applied research initiatives
  • Draft and edit texts for publication
  • Draft concept notes, policy briefs and notes, implementation/ monitoring plans, terms of reference and other project documents as directed
  • Meet and coordinate with partner organizations, donors and other stakeholders, and supervise consultants
  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects
  • Facilitate training sessions
  • Represent the Gender and Security Division in internal and external meetings

Education, competencies and experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines.
  • At least two years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.
  • Good knowledge of the gender and security legal normative framework; familiarity with international organizations, especially the UN system, and with policy discussions regarding gender and security, the 2030 Agenda, and the Sustaining Peace Agenda, as well as security sector governance and reform.
  • Proven writing and editing skills.
  • Good facilitation skills.
  • Experience in applied research on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, the 2030 Agenda, and related fields.
  • Native fluency in English and professional command of French, with other languages a plus.

Personal competences and attitude:

  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment.
  • “Roll up your sleeves” and can-do attitude and excellent sense of planning, organization and management of priorities.
  • Ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to handle tight deadlines and stressful situations.
  • Speed, precision and accuracy in executing tasks.
  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

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 gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch by 9 December, 2018 with the subject heading “Project Officer”, enclosing:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a motivational letter outlining how your qualifications meet the above requirements

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.  

Vacancy

Offre de stage – DCAF-ISSAT

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: Eren Ozalay-Sanli (ISSATInternship@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 27/11/2018 12:00

Titre : Stagiaire DCAF-ISSAT (37,5% durant les cours et plein temps durant les vacances)

Supervision : Chargée du reporting et de la gestion de la performance, DCAF – ISSAT

Début du stage : la position commence dès que possible

Durée du stage : 6 mois (à l'issue d'une période probatoire réussie)

Lieu de travail : Genève

Rémunération : 1200CHF (100%)

Pour être considéré pour cette position, le candidat/la candidate doit posséder le statut d'étudiant. La personne retenue fera partie de l'équipe internationale du secteur de la sécurité (ISSAT) qui se compose d’environ 23 personnes spécialisées dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS) dans des pays en transition ou sortant d’une période de conflit. ISSAT est une division du Centre de Genève pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées (DCAF). DCAF-ISSAT soutient, y compris sur le terrain, les membres de son conseil d’administration  (qui comprend 15 pays, l'UE, le Secrétariat de l’OCDE, l’OIF, l'OSCE et l'ONU) dans la mise en œuvre d'interventions RSS stratégiques, durables et efficaces.

 

DCAF-ISSAT travaille en partenariat avec les gouvernements concernés, en s’appuyant notamment sur les  principes  énoncés dans le rapport du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies sur la RSS et sur d’autres outils tel que le manuel de l'OCDE sur la réforme du système de sécurité (OECD 2007). DCAF-ISSAT dispose de quatre services,  le service de conseil pour les opérations sur le terrain, le service de formation et de renforcement des capacités, le service de gestion du savoir, et le service de plaidoyer et de sensibilisation. Pour plus d’information, veuillez visiter http://issat.dcaf.ch.

 

Les objectifs du stage :

1. Identifier les difficultés de la mise en œuvre des bonnes pratiques de la RSS du point de vue des donneurs ;

 

2. Reconnaitre ​​les différents moyens, ainsi que les défis qui y sont associés, de promouvoir les bonnes pratiques de la RSS afin de favoriser le changement vers ces bonnes pratiques ;

 

3. Améliorer ou acquérir ses compétences en matière de plaidoyer et de sensibilisation. Le candidat/la candidate doit faire preuve d’intérêt et d’aptitude pour :

  • le développement d’une Communauté de praticiens
  • l’utilisation des médias sociaux
  • l'optimisation des moteurs de recherche
  • le maintien de l'interface du site web dans plusieurs langues
  • l'«éditique» (une connaissance des produits d’Adobe Cloud est un atout)
  • la rédaction, l’analyse et la synthèse
  • la communication et la présentation
  • le montage de vidéos ;

 

4. Acquérir des compétences dans le service de gestion du savoir ;

 

5. Améliorer ses compétences en matière de travail d’équipe dans un environnement de travail très actif, ainsi que la capacité à travailler avec un minimum de supervision.

 

Tâches et responsabilités :

Sous la direction et la supervision de la Coordinatrice des activités de plaidoyer et de sensibilisation (ainsi que d’autres membres du personnel ISSAT le cas échéant), le titulaire du poste devra :

  • Identifier et télécharger des ressources, événements et emplois sur la Communauté

de praticiens (Cdp) de l’ISSAT (http://issat.dcaf.ch/Learn/Resource-Library);

  • Maintenir les versions française, anglaise, éventuellement arabe et/ou espagnole du site de l’ISSAT ;
  • Effectuer des tâches basiques de gestion et de mise à jour du site web de l’ISSAT en tant qu’administrateur ;
  • Composer et envoyer des réponses aux demandes de renseignements et aux questions figurant sur le forum de la Cdp ;
  • Ecrire un blog sur un sujet lié à la RSS ;
  • Mener des recherches de fond sur la RSS dans divers pays ;
  • Soutenir l'ISSAT dans la préparation de missions sur le terrain, des événements, et des activités, au besoin ;
  • Préparer le matériel pour les ateliers de formation, les séminaires, les conférences ou autres événements organisés par les donneurs de l’ISSAT ;
  • Participer à des tâches administratives nécessaires au fonctionnement de l'équipe ;
  • Maintenir des relations efficaces et productives avec d'autres divisions de DCAF ;
  • Aider aux tâches de recherche assignées ou à d’autres fonctions confiées par le chef de l'ISSAT à l'appui des activités de l'équipe.

 

Qualités requises :

Le candidat/la candidate doit être proactif et démontrer une capacité à travailler dans une équipe multidisciplinaire. Il/elle doit pouvoir travailler rapidement, précisément et avec une supervision minimale.  Le candidat/la candidate doit avoir une expérience prouvée dans la production de matériel et de données de haute qualité en utilisant des sources électroniques et papier. Il/elle doit avoir une bonne communication interpersonnelle (orale et écrite), des compétences de présentation et la capacité d’établir des liens  efficacement. Il/elle doit être en mesure d'analyser les problèmes rapidement et efficacement et de fournir les produits requis dans les délais imposés.

 

La RSS est un domaine qui se développe rapidement et il est nécessaire de se tenir au courant des dernières réflexions. Un intérêt pour les relations internationales, les questions de développement, de droit international et le concept fondamental de la RSS est hautement souhaitable.

Le/la candidat(e) idéal(e) devra déjà être membre de la Cdp et devra s’être déjà familiarisé avec la CdP au moment de l’entretien. Il/elle doit avoir une bonne connaissance de Microsoft Office, une aptitude pour le travail de ‘design’, et une compréhension de la gestion en ligne des sites web. En outre, le/la candidat/candidate idéal(e) aura de l’expérience dans l’utilisation d’Adobe Creative Suite, en particulier dans les programmes d’édition de vidéos.

 

L’offre est disponible pour les citoyens suisses ou de l’Union européenne, ainsi  qu’aux personnes en possession d’un permis de travail valide en Suisse jusqu’à la fin du stage. Les étudiants dans une université suisse ou un institut d’éducation supérieure sont aussi éligibles.

 

Langues :

La maîtrise de l’anglais et du français est requise. La connaissance d’autres langues (par exemple l’arabe ou l’espagnol) est un atout.

Evaluation :

Le/la candidat/candidate devra atteindre tous les objectifs énoncés ci-dessus avant la fin du stage. Il/elle recevra une formation d’insertion, fera l’objet d’une évaluation à mi- parcours  et d’une évaluation en fin de période. Le/la candidat/candidate sera placé en période probatoire le premier mois.

 

Les candidats répondant à ces critères sont invités à envoyer à

Mme Eren Ozalay-Sanli (ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch) les documents suivants :

  • leur curriculum vitae (pas plus de deux pages)
  • une lettre de motivation (une page seulement) en anglais ou en français
  • des exemples courts de document de recherche écrits en anglais et en français
  • votre disponibilité et temps de travail.

Les candidats invités à l’entretien devraient être familiers avec notre site internet et notre communauté des praticiens.

 

Note : ISSAT s’engage pour la diversité géographique et  la diversité des genres.

Vacancy

Head of Middle East Desk (100 %)

Period: 01/01/2019 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 21/11/2018 23:59

HEAD OF MIDDLE EAST DESK (100 %)

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 www.dcaf.ch

Through the Geneva headquarters and DCAF regional field offices in Beirut and Ramallah, the Middle East Desk assists in this region with the development of security sector governance based on democracy, the rule of law, and efficient and accountable security provisions in line with international norms and best practices.

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for an exceptional leader to be our next:

Head of Middle East Desk (100 %)

 

Location:                           Geneva, with frequent travel to the region

Starting date:                   1 January 2019 or as soon as possible

Duration:                           unlimited

The role

Reporting to the Head of Division or her/his designee, the Head of Middle East Desk will oversee the implementation of DCAF’s programmes in Middle East. Tasks include:

  • Daily management and oversight of Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSR/G) projects in the region, particularly in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and Lebanon.
  • Management oversight, including support in establishing and following office budgets, of the DCAF offices in Ramallah and Beirut, as well as managing the Desk staff in Geneva.
  • Project management quality control (design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting) of DCAF’s activities in the region.
  • Applying and overseeing implementation of new administrative procedures to ensure the efficiency, transparency and accountability of DCAF’s work.
  • Formulation, planning, and implementation of the MENA Division’s strategy in the Middle East both for countries where there are on-going activities and for possible new country activities in the region.
  • Closely following security, political, and governance developments in the region, with a view to developing new programmes and initiatives for DCAF.
  • Identifying new strategic partnerships to further DCAF’s objectives in the region.
  • Consulting and collaborating with other colleagues in DCAF headquarters and MENA, in particular the Desk for North Africa
  • Contributing to managing relations with donors already contributing to DCAF’s programmes in the Middle East, particularly in the field, as well as to expanding the donor base.
  • Contributing to the growth of knowledge and competencies on the Middle East Desk and in the division.
  • Maintain, nurture and develop the DCAF network of contacts in and on the region.
  • Executing other tasks that may be assigned in relation to their work by the Head and/or Deputy Head of Division.

Your experience

  • Professional experience of project management (minimum 10 years), preferably in the field of governance, security and international development assistance
  • An advanced degree in development, security, international relations, business management, public administration or other relevant area of studies
  • Familiarity with DCAF’s areas of expertise (SSR/G) and with results-based management (RBM) frameworks an asset
  • Excellent English (both written and spoken) – knowledge of Arabic and French would be an asset
  • Professional experience with MENA countries
  • Experience and skills in staff management
  • Strong planning and analytical skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility, including availability for frequent missions abroad

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 menarecruitment@dcaf.chby 21 November 2018 with the subject heading ‘’HMED2018’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Project Coordinator (100%) - Latin America and the Caribbean Unit

Location: Geneva, with some travel to the LAC region, Switzerland
Period: 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Project Coordinator” (dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 25/11/2018 12:55

Project coordinator for DCAF’s Latin America and the Caribbean Unit (100%) 

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 74 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 www.dcaf.ch 

DCAF’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Unit strives to strengthen citizen security in the LAC region by promoting the application of good governance principles. For our LAC Unit we are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to be our: 

Project Coordinator (100%) 

Location: Geneva, with some travel to the LAC region

Starting date: January 2019

Duration: 2 years fix-term contract 

The role              

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the LAC Unit the Project Coordinator will support the Unit in managing DCAF’s projects in Honduras and the wider LAC region, provide substantive support to its programmes in the thematic areas of gender and security, police reform and parliamentary oversight of the security sector and assist in the development of new projects and activities. 

Main responsibilities

  • Manage the implementation, monitoring and reporting of DCAF LAC’s main projects such as a multi-year project in Honduras and some new initiatives.
  • Coordinate DCAF HQ’s backstopping support for its Project Office in Honduras.
  • Provide support to the Unit’s various projects on all stages of the project management cycle.
  • Offer substantive inputs to the Unit’s activities in the areas of gender and security, police and defense reform and parliamentary oversight of the security.
  • Draft high quality narrative and financial reports as well project documentation for DCAF and its donors, within established deadlines.
  • Develop concept notes and project proposals for donors. 

Your experience 

  • Over 5 years of relevant experience in project management in the area of SSG/R.
  • Experience working with security and justice sector institutions and/or on institutional reforms in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.
  • Good knowledge of gender and security legal normative framework and familiarity with international policy discussions regarding gender and security, as well as Security Sector Governance and Reform.
  • Experience in results-based project management and in applying concept and tools such as Theory of Change and Monitoring & Evaluation Strategies.
  • Excellent communications skills and a perfect command of written and spoken Spanish and English.
  • Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in international relations, peace and studies security studies, development studies, gender studies, international law or other relevant fields.
  • 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 dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch by 25 November 2018 with the subject heading “Project Coordinator”, 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. 

Vacancy

Interns (part-time)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/01/2019 to 30/06/2019
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Internship Asia-Pacific” (asia-pacific@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 30/11/2018 23:55

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. 

DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit provides support to nationally-led SSR processes and regional security sector experience-sharing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. We are looking for dynamic and committed individuals to be our next Intern. Under the direct supervision of a project officer with responsibility for SSG/R initiatives in either South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia, the incumbents will support timely regional and country analyses; the maintenance of sub-regional networks of partner institutions and experts; the organization and implementation of regional workshops and meetings with partner organizations; fund-raising efforts to materialize national-level SSG/R activities in collaboration with local partners; and contribution to the day-to-day work of the Asia-Pacific Unit. The incumbents will have some experience and/or interest in one or more of the following sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia and/or East Asia. 

For more information about the Asia-Pacific Unit - Intern vacancy, or for information about how to apply, please follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Assistant– Business and SSR (50 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 15/11/2018 to 30/06/2020
Application Contact: ‘Application – Project Assistant – Business and SSR’ (ppps@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 07/11/2018 23:55

 PROJECT ASSISTANT – PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS DIVISION – 50%

 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 www.dcaf.ch 

As part of the organisation’s mandate to promote democratic security sector governance, DCAF’s Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Division supports the international community in the development and implementation of norms and good practices in the field of business and security. For more information on the work of the PPP Division, please see: www.ppps.dcaf.ch. We are seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next: 

                                                 Project Assistant– Business and SSR (50 %) 

Location: Geneva

Starting date: November 2018 or mutually agreed date

Duration:Until 30 June 2020, depending on project funding availability

 The role              

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

 

Responsibilities 

Key areas of operation: 

  • Conduct applied policy research on security and human rights;
  • Support the development of practical knowledge products (such as handbooks, toolkits, and training modules);
  • Actively contribute to the planning, implementation and management of assigned projects to support the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. This notably includes developing project proposals and budgets, monitoring and implementation of projects, liaising with project partners, and preparing operational and financial reports;
  • Support the implementation of the programme’s communication and outreach activities.

 YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • Knowledge of international human rights frameworks, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights;
  • Prior research experience and demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts;
  • Prior experience assisting in the management of projects as well as in the organisation of conferences, workshops and training activities;
  • Fluency in English and Spanish. French highly desirable;
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite. 

Favourable additional skills or experience:

  • Prior experience working on project communication and outreach;
  • Prior experience working on Results Based Management.

 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 opportunity 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 ppps@dcaf.ch by 7 November 2018 with the subject heading ‘Application – Project Assistant – Business and SSR’ 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. 

Vacancy

Project Coordinator, Gender and Security – 100%

Location: Geneva, with frequent travel to different regions of the world, Switzerland
Period: 03/12/2018 to Indefinite
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Project Coordinator” (gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 09/11/2018 23:55

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. 

With a nine-person team, the Gender and Security Division leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects. For our Gender and Security Division, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next Project Coordinator, Gender and Security (100%).

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the Project Coordinator (PC) will lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires deep knowledge and expertise in gender and security, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

For more information regarding the role Project Coordinator, Gender and Security (100%), please follow the link.

Vacancy

Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa Division - 100%

Location: Geneva, with extensive travel to the region, Switzerland
Period: 01/01/2019 to Indefinite
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Programme Manager" (africa.programme@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 31/10/2018 23:55

 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 www.dcaf.ch 

For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to be our next:

Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa Division - 100% 

The Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD) Division sits within the Operations Department and has a significant portfolio of activities across the region, in particular in the Sahel/West Africa, including those managed through field offices in Bamako and Banjul. Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa is a priority for the organization and its activities in the region are focused on providing a contribution to the 2030 Agenda. 

Location: Geneva, with extensive travel to the region

Starting date: 1st January 2019

Duration: Unlimited

The role              

The Programme Manager provides management oversight to multiple programmes and programme teams, and makes a substantive contribution to the effective achievement of the Division’s objectives. He/she leads the process of articulating programme frameworks, including Theories of Change, monitoring and evaluation components and budgets, and seeks to identify new project opportunities. The Programme Manager coaches, guides and contributes to the professional development of SSAD’s programme staff and articulates and shares lessons from SSAD’s work to the larger community of practice. 

Responsibilities             

Programme Management

  • Guide and support project staff in the implementation of DCAF Operations Programme Management Cycle: scoping/assessment, design/planning, implementation/M&E, end of project/learning;
  • Ensure that the HoD is promptly  consulted about or  informed of all significant  developments and activities in divisional programmes;
  • Supervise, mentor and evaluate project staff;
  • Oversee the development of knowledge products and research related to programmes;
  • Ensure the alignment of project activities with divisional goals and DCAF strategy;
  • In consultation with the HoD, review and approve concept notes, terms of reference, mission reports, activity summaries and other project management documents;
  • Review contracts, budgets and donor reports to be submitted by the division for approval;
  • Identify opportunities, and carry out scoping missions and assessments.

Team and divisional management

  • Coordinate and lead weekly programme management meetings;
  • Support the Head of Division (HoD) in coordinating all SSAD activities and programmes, including SSAD strategy and workplan;
  • In consultation with HoD, delegate responsibilities to senior programme staff in the division;
  • Coordinate the task allocation for project assistants and interns;
  • By delegation of the Head of Division, sign documents and represent SSAD at Directing Board meetings, and participate in DCAF change processes or task teams.

Training and dissemination of learning

  • Review Sub-Saharan Africa Programme publications, SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external entities and contribute to the drafting of background papers on SSG.
  • Contribute to the planning, development, coordination and delivery of capacity building for SSAD staff;
  • Regularly contribute findings and case studies to internal and external platforms;
  • Represent and speak on behalf of DCAF at conferences, meetings and other fora;

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • Proven technical expertise in the area of security sector governance and reform
  • Proven previous senior management experience at an international level advising on or managing development, peacebuilding or SSR/G assistance programmes.
  • Have a strong interest in and knowledge of project cycle management
  • Be able to represent DCAF internationally and take the lead on internal coordination. 
  • Be able to lead the development of knowledge production, review SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external partners and provide expert input into policy and international policy discussions.
  • Be fluent in French and English.

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 africa.programme@dcaf.ch by 31 October 2018 with the subject heading “Programme Manager”, 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. 

Vacancy

Project Officer (80-100%) – Asia Pacific

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/11/2018 to 31/10/2020
Application Contact: with the subject heading “PO Asia-Pacific”, enclosing: (asia-pacific@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 15/10/2018 23:55

 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 www.dcaf.ch 

DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit provides support to nationally-led SSR processes and regional security sector experience-sharing initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. We are looking for dynamic and committed individuals to be our next: 

Project Officer (80-100%) – Asia Pacific 

Location:Geneva, with occasional travel to the Asia-Pacific region

Starting date: 01 November 2018 or upon mutual agreement

Duration:Two years in the first instance (renewal subject to funding)

 The role:

Under the direct supervision of the Unit’s Head, the Project Officers provide timely regional and country analyses; build up and maintain sub-regional networks or partner institutions and experts; organize and implement regional workshops and meetings with partner organizations; initiate, raise funds for, develop and implement national-level SSG/R activities in collaboration with local partners; and contribute to the day-to-day work of the Asia-Pacific Unit and DCAF overall. The incumbents will have solid expertise in one or more of the following sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia and/or East Asia.

 Main responsibilities:

  • Take the lead in sub-regional and national SSG/R activities in sub-region of responsibility (South Asia, Southeast Asia or East Asia);
  • Establish, nurture  and maintain sub-regional network of partners organizations and experts;
  • Collaborate with fellow POs with regional responsibilities and the Head of the Asia-Pacific Unit in SSG/R-relevant activities across the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Carry out targeted research, prepare briefing notes and review and update country- and region-wide mappings on security sector requirements and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Develop expertise on SSG/R needs, opportunities and challenges in the region of responsibility;
  • Write, review and edit internal reports and publications;
  • Identify, follow up on and secure funding for national-level SSG/R activities carried out in collaboration with local partners;
  • Carry out logistical and administrative tasks in relation to country- and regional-level activities;
  • Provide SSG/R expertise at expert meetings and training workshops in the region of responsibility (and in other regions covered by the Asia-Pacific Unit, as required); 
  • Represent the Asia-Pacific Unit with or on behalf of its Head or fellow colleagues in internal DCAF task forces, at meetings inside and outside DCAF, or at events in the region, as required;
  • Provide guidance to and work with project assistants in the Asia-Pacific Unit as well as – if applicable – team members located in the region;
  • Perform other tasks as required.

 Education, competencies and experience:

  • Graduate degree in political science, international affairs, security studies, law, governance, area studies or related disciplines;
  • At least three years of professional SSG/R, development, governance and/or rule of law experience working in or on the sub-region of responsibility;
  • English mother tongue or fluency in English is essential, languages in the geographic region of expertise are highly desirable;
  • Outstanding research, writing and analytical skills, including the ability to process and analyse data;
  • Demonstrated ability to review, edit and layout texts suitable for publication;
  • Demonstrated understanding of security sector governance and reform;
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more sub-regions of the larger Asia-Pacific region;
  • Demonstrated expertise in two or more countries of the main sub-region of responsibility;
  • Familiarity with the work of international organizations and regional organizations in the Asia-Pacific region desirable;
  • Excellent organizational abilities; other relevant skills, including, IT skills, strong organizational abilities, communication skills, ability to work under time pressure and with strict deadlines, ability to work independently and with others in an international environment;
  • 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, hard-working 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 asia-pacific@dcaf.ch by 15 October 2018 with the subject heading “PO Asia-Pacific”, 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. 

Vacancy

Project Officer Tunisia (100 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/11/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 21/10/2018 23:59

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 www.dcaf.ch

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for a motivated and highly qualified individual to be our next:

Project Officer Tunisia (100 %)

Location:                           Geneva, with occasional travel to the region

Starting date:                   1 November 2018 or as soon as possible

Duration:                           unlimited

 

The role       

Reporting to the Head of North Africa Desk, the Project Officer is responsible for supporting the implementation of projects and activities in Tunisia under the Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). Tasks include (but are not limited to):  

  • Support the development of DCAF’s programmes related to security and justice sector reform in Tunisia, including support for conceptualizing, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects
  • Support to the TFNA donors’ relations, including budget monitoring and programme and project reporting
  • Support fundraising activities, including the development of country strategy documents, planning sheets, concept notes, etc.
  • Draft project related documents such as project proposals, analytical reports and evaluations
  • Liaise with and provide ongoing support to the field office in Tunis and, eventually, other country teams in North Africa
  • Help to identify project opportunities and develop project ideas and proposals
  • Co-design, co-organize and implement activities with partners
  • Support, where needed, the Head of North Africa Desk, in the implementation of projects and activities in other countries of North Africa
  • Conduct research on issues relevant to security sector governance and reform in the North Africa

Your experience

  • An advanced university degree in law, political sciences, international relations, development, security studies or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the fields of security and/or justice reform
  • Proven track record in managing projects, preferably in the MENA region
  • Excellent command of French and English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • Very good writing skills
  • Strong communication skills and experience of working as part of an international team
  • Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the Arab world
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is required

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 menarecruitment@dcaf.chby 21 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’PONA 2018’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Project Assistant – Middle East (100 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/11/2018 to 31/10/2020
Application Deadline: 19/10/2018 23:59

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 www.dcaf.ch

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa Division, we are looking for a highly dedicated professional to be our next:

Project Assistant – Middle East (100 %)

Location:                           Geneva, with occasional travel to the region

Starting date:                   1 November or as per agreement

Duration:                           24 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

 

The role            

The Project Assistant will support the Middle East Desk in the development, follow-up and coordination of activities in one or more countries in the Middle East.  

Key areas of operation:

  • Assist in the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of security and justice sectors reform projects in the Middle East region
  • Conduct research on issues relevant to security and justice sector governance and reform in the Middle East
  • Draft quality narrative and financial proposals and reports , within established deadlines
  • Assist the editing and layout of publications
  • Contribute to the organization of workshop and events
  • Carry out logistical and administrative tasks for the smooth running of the Middle East desk

Your experience

  • University degree in political sciences, international relations, law, development, security studies or related field
  • Some prior experience in project and grant management, for an international organization would be an asset
  • Excellent command of English; knowledge of Arabic is a strong asset
  • Capacity to write and edit reports in English for publication
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the Arab world
  • 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 menarecruitment@dcaf.ch by 19 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’PAMENA’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Programme Manager – Justice Sector Reform (100%)

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Application Deadline: 14/10/2018 23:59

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 www.dcaf.ch

For our office in Tunis, we are looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to be our next:

Programme Manager – Justice Sector Reform (100 %)

 

Location:                           Tunis, Tunisia

Starting date:                   As soon as possible

Duration:                           24 months, renewable

The role 

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission of DCAF Tunis, the Programme Manager is responsible for advancing justice sector reform in Tunisia by conducting outreach to relevant stakeholders and contributing to the implementation of DCAF’s country strategy for Tunisia, and by managing projects related to justice and detention reform and independent institutions.

Key areas of operation:

  • Advance the implementation of justice reform projects, according to work plan and budget
  • Evaluate any evolving need and contribute to the design and planning of new projects
  • Maintain regular programme-related dialogue with relevant state and non-state actors
  • Develop logical frameworks, work plans, budgets and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Organize workshops and training courses
  • Report regularly to DCAF (Tunis and Geneva), the relevant authorities and donors

Your experience

  • An advanced university degree in a subject of interest to our Centre
  • A minimum of 8 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the fields of justice and prison administration
  • Proven track record in managing projects, preferably in the MENA region
  • Cooperation between field office and headquarter
  • Excellent command of French (written and spoken), very good command of English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset

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 opmena@dcaf.ch by 14 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’PMJ2018’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Accountant – Finance Unit (100 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 08/10/2018 to Indefinite
Application Contact: with the subject line “Accountant" (FinanceRecruit@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 07/09/2018 23:55

 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 www.dcaf.ch 

For our Finance Unit, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual for the role of:

 Accountant – Finance Unit (100 %)

 Location:                         Geneva

Starting date:                   08 October 2018

Reporting to:                    Head of Finance

Duration:                          Permanent

 

The three-strong DCAF Financial Unit handles the full accounting cycle for nine Divisions, with numerous projects covering different regions of the world. This means working daily with colleagues and external partners from a multicultural background and employing multiple currencies.

 

The role            

1. Finance related tasks

-     Manage full cycle multicurrency Accounts payables (invoices and weekly payments)

-     Manage full cycle Accounts receivables (invoices and payment allocation)

-     Prepare monthly reconciliation of all bank and balance sheet accounts

-     Carry out spot checks to ensure effectiveness of the financial Internal Control System (ICS)

-     Handle cash advances and expenses for overseas offices

-     Support auditors during project- and year-end audit

 

2.    Administrative tasks

-          Manage accounting and bank documentation in compliance with DCAF ICS rules

-          Support maintenance of third party service and grant contracts

 

YOUR PROFILE 

  • CFC, BTS education level
  • Three to five years of relevant payables, general and cost accounting experience in an international organization, preferably with a non-profit organization.
  • Fluency in French and English (spoken and written)
  • Previous accounting experience using an ERP system (Navision) is a plus
  • Proficient in data entry and related multicurrency payments
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal relations skills (internal and external)
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Fast, accurate and attentive to detail
  • High sense of confidentiality

 

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 this role, please send an application to FinanceRecruit@dcaf.ch by 7 September 2018 with the subject line “Accountant”, 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)

 

Please note that only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

 

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Intern – Latin America and the Caribbean Unit (100%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 16/09/2018 to 13/12/2018
Application Contact: with the subject heading “Intern – LAC Unit” (dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 02/09/2018 23:55

 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 www.dcaf.ch

 DCAF’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) strives to strengthen citizen security and contribute to a democratic, just and violence free society by addressing security sector governance issues in the region in cooperation with governments, parliaments, security sector providers, intergovernmental and civil society organisations. DCAF promotes the application of good governance principles to help reduce institutional weakness and develop effective, efficient and transparent security and justice providers that are properly managed and overseen by the executive and legislative authorities in the region while being fully accountable to their societies. 

For our Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Division, we are looking for a motivated individual to be our next: 

Intern – Latin America and the Caribbean Unit (100%) 

Location:                          Geneva

Starting date:                   10 September 2018

Duration:                          3 month with a chance of extension.

 

The role 

Key areas of operation: 

  • Provide project management support by contributing to the drafting of reports, concept notes and other project material.
  • Conduct background research on SSG/R issues in LAC.
  • Assist the Unit in communication matters and the organisation of events.
  • Proofreading and translation work.
  • Support in administrative and financial matters.

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • Advanced university degree or currently enrolled in university studies in International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Law, Development, Security, Peace Studies, Political Science, or related fields.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in gender and security projects is an asset.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Spanish and English, demonstrated ability to draft and edit texts in both languages; knowledge of French is considered an asset.
  • Attention to detail, good organisational skills and ability to deliver on time.
  • Ability to work independently, to be proactive and solution-oriented
  • Flexibility and willingness to carry out administrative tasks as required.
  • Good intercultural communication skills.

 Necessary requirement: EU or Swiss citizen or holder of a valid work permit

 If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch by 2 September 2018 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. 

Vacancy

Intern – Private Security Governance Observatory (50 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 03/09/2018 to 28/02/2019
Application Contact: subject heading Intern – Private Security Governance Observatory (pppsrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 24/08/2018 23:55

 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 www.dcaf.ch

 DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships Division supports multistakeholder approaches that foster and strengthen partnerships between states, parliaments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector. We are a strategic implementing partner for both the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC). In partnership with the ICRC, our work supports companies operating in complex environments to ensure that human rights are integrated into their business practices. We also support innovative approaches to cyber security governance challenges. For more information on the work of the PPPs Division, please see: www.ppps.dcaf.ch

Intern – Private Security Governance Observatory (50 %)

 

Location:                          Geneva

Starting date:                   September 2018

Duration:                         6 month paid internship

 

The role              

The new Intern in the Public-Private Partnership Division will support current activities in Private Security Governance Observatory project (http://www.observatoire-securite-privee.org/).

Mission 

  • Maintenance and coordination, including updating of the Observatory online platform and drafting content and design development
  • Supporting the production of communication tools and outreach material (this could include social media strategy)
  • Proofreading (EN & FR) and assisting in preparing publications for printing
  • Supporting the coordination and logistic organisation of international events
  • Punctual support with research
  • Any other tasks as required

 

You experience 

  • Interest and commitment for areas of work undertaken by the Public-Private Partnership Division
  • Strong communication and drafting skills
  • Proficiency in English and French and demonstrated ability to draft and edit texts in both languages
  • Strong computer skills an asset
  • Strong knowledge or professional social media use and other communication tools
  • Attention to detail, good organisational skills and ability to deliver on time
  • Flexibility and willingness to carry out administrative tasks as required
  • Good intercultural communication skills
  • EU or Swiss citizen or holder of a valid work permit

 

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 pppsrecruitment@dcaf.ch by 24.08.2018 with the subject heading Intern – Private Security Governance Observatory, 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. 

Vacancy

Project Officer– Private Security Governance (100%) - ICoCA

Location: Genève, Switzerland
Period: 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2020
Application Contact: subject heading Project Officer– Private Security Governance (100%) [Position seconded to ICoCA], (pppsrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 31/08/2018 23:55

 

 

Project Officer– Private Security Governance (100%)

Position seconded to ICoCA

 

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 www.dcaf.ch

 

The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA), founded in September 2013, is a multi-stakeholder initiative created to promote, govern and oversee the implementation of a Code of Conduct for private security companies that operate in complex environments. The objective of the Code is to promote increased respect for human rights and humanitarian law and to raise standards of operational conduct throughout the private security industry.

 

DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships Division and the International Code of Conduct Association are seeking to recruit a full-time Project Officer who would be seconded to the ICoCA.

 

Project Officer– Private Security Governance (100%)

Position seconded to ICoCA

 

 

Location:                            Geneva

Starting date:                   upon mutual agreement

Duration:                             24 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

 

The role

              

As a seconded position reporting directly to the Executive Director of the ICoCA, and working closely with relevant staff in the ICoCA Secretariat, the incumbent will work on furthering the operational and thematic expertise of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association and the implementation of the International Code of Conduct, and will facilitate DCAF-ICoCA coordination.

 

Key areas of operation:

 

  • Identify opportunities and provide support to member private security companies on the implementation of the Code, in particular as it relates to companies seeking ICoCA certification.
  • Monitor key developments in the private security sector and security trends, procurement policies and regulatory frameworks, identifying gaps and concerns.
  • Develop training materials (thematic and scenario based) for private security companies and member CSOs, and advise them accordingly.
  • Lead and contribute to the delivery of tailored and/or standardized training courses and webinars on the role of the ICoCA, its core functions and Code provisions.
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration with DCAF’s PPPs division.

 

YOUR EXPERIENCE

 

Specific Expertise

 

  • Excellent understanding of private security regulation including the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and its Association.
  • Detailed knowledge of human rights, International Humanitarian Law and multi-stakeholder and international initiatives, including the Montreux Document Forum, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.
  • Experience in developing training materials, in particular on human rights law and security.
  • Experience in developing and/or implementing monitoring procedures
  • Knowledge of security sector reform / security sector governance
  • Experience in project development and implementation
  • Experience in public speaking / outreach activities
  • Demonstrated ability to draft, review and edit texts
  • Excellent research abilities, including field research
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Team player able to work effectively in an international environment with diverse stakeholders

 

General requirements

 

  • Fluency in English is essential; French and/or Spanish highly desirable.
  • Advanced university degree in international relations, international business/economics, security studies, international law or related field and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.
  • Swiss/EU citizenship or a valid work permit.

 

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 pppsrecruitment@dcaf.ch by 31 August 2018 with the subject heading Project Officer– Private Security Governance (100%) [Position seconded to ICoCA], 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. 

 

For more information on the ICoCA please visit www.icoca.ch

Vacancy

RBM Advisor (100 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/10/2018 to 30/09/2019
Application Contact: with the subject heading “RBM Advisor”, (m.silverstein@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 10/08/2018 23:45

 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 www.dcaf.ch

Over the last four years, DCAF has developed a corporate approach to results-based management (RBM). With the successful introduction of DCAF’s RBM system, including the recent release of the Centre’s second annual performance report, available at: https://www.dcaf.ch/sites/default/files/imce/About-Dcaf/DCAF_Performance_Report_2017_web.pdf, the RBM function will now be further consolidated with the creation of a dedicated RBM advisor position (programme manager level), initially for one year but renewable provided that additional funding is available. 

For our corporate services, we are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual to be our next:

 RBM Advisor (100 %) 

Location:                          Geneva (availability for minimal travel if required)

Starting date:                   Preferably 1 October 2018

Duration:                          12 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

  

THE ROLE 

The RBM Advisor is responsible for managing DCAF’s corporate-level RBM system. This includes:               

  • Collecting and analyzing monitoring reports from DCAF staff;
  • Providing quality assurance of performance reporting, confirming that results are at the outcome level and supported by relevant data;
  • Drafting the yearly performance report on the basis of the monitoring reports;
  • Liaising with DCAF’s RBM focal points, and providing training and advice to DCAF staff on RBM-related matters;
  • Creating or updating core RBM documents (guidelines, tools, templates, etc.);
  • Supporting reflections on how to strengthen DCAF’s approach to RBM, notably in the area of strategic steering and lessons learning.

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in economics or social sciences.

 Experience: 

  • 8-10 years of relevant experience in programme  management and results-based management in an international context, preferably in the fields of development and/or peacebuilding;
  • Adequate knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies and tools;
  • Hands-on experience in validating results and synthesizing  monitoring data;
  • Expertise in the areas of security sector governance and reform is an asset;
  • Excellent drafting skills and capacity to synthesize detailed information;
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills and ability to liaise effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to work independently and to perform and prioritize multiple tasks.

Language Requirements:  

  • Fluency in English and good knowledge of French required;

Other:

  • 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 m.silverstein@dcaf.ch by 10/08/2018 with the subject heading “RBM Advisor”, 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. 

Vacancy

Call for proposals: ISSAT ten-year evaluation

Location: geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: issatevaluation@dcaf.ch ()
Application Deadline: 25/07/2018 00:00

ISSAT is launching a call for proposals from evaluation professionals to undertake an ten-year outcome evaluation of ISSAT.

For more information, please kindly download the Terms of Reference.

Vacancy

Assistant Director and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD) – 100%

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/09/2018 to Indefinite
Application Contact: subject heading “Head of SSAD Division" (head_SSAD@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 26/07/2018 23:45

 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 www.dcaf.ch

 

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and motivated individual to be our next: 

Assistant Director and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD) – 100%

The Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD) sits within the Operations Department and has a significant portfolio of activities across the region, in particular in the Sahel/West Africa, including those managed through field offices in Bamako and Banjul. Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa is a priority for the organization and its activities in the region are focused on providing a contribution to the 2030 Agenda.

 

Location:                            Geneva, with extensive travel to the region

Starting date:                     1st September 2018

Duration:                            Unlimited

 

The role:       

Under the supervision of the Head of Operations Department, the Head of the SSAD Division is responsible for the strategic, operational and administrative management of the Division’s activities, relations with national and regional counterparts and partners. He provides leadership to a diverse team of highly qualified experts. Candidates should be committed to DCAF’s guiding principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender equality and local ownership. 

 

Key areas of operation: 

  • Building on the Divisions strong reputation as a trusted partner in the region, the new management team would be expected to:

- consolidate the existing programme and widen its thematic and geographic scope

- reinforce DCAFs reputation as an impartial actor and provider of expert advice and guidance on security sector governance and reform

- further develop its country and substantive portfolio or activities

- consolidate and enlarge DCAFs partner network through cooperation with national, regional and internationals partners. 

  • The new Head of Division would be expected to expand DCAFs engagement with national actors, the international community and multilateral actors in the region and to enhance DCAFs support to SSG/R at a country and community level.
  • At an organizational level the new Head of Division would be expected to:

- contribute to the overall development of the organization

- take a leading role on the sharing of good practice across the organization

- support the capacity development of staff and ensure the rigorous monitoring and evaluation of activities

- broaden the donor base for DCAFs activities in the region and maintain the current high quality of donor reporting

- bring solid progamme management experience, having previous experience in the design, management and monitoring of large development programmes.

 

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • Have an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.
  • Proven management and leadership skills.
  • A minimum of 10-15 years progressively responsible experience in the region, security, governance and international development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on SSR/G, including the provision of strategic steering/advice to reform processes.
  • Expert knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa, including the particular challenges faced by security sector governance in the region.
  • Familiar with international policy discussions on SSG/R. They should be able to formulate strategies and design, implement and monitor effective policies and operational responses.
  • Strong communicator, a committed team player, a successful networker and a proven track record in multilateral and bilateral fundraising.
  • Strong programme management experience and experience of implementing results-based management for development, and preferably SSG/R, programmes.

 

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 head_SSAD@dcaf.ch by 26 July 2018 with the subject heading “Head of SSAD 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. 

Vacancy

Resident Project Coordinator, Sahel / Sub-Saharan Africa Division (100%)

Location: Bamako, Mali
Period: 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019
Application Contact: Administrative Assistant, Sub-Saharan Africa Division (africa.programme@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 31/07/2018 23:55

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) seeks a Resident Project Coordinator with strong security sector reform and governance experience as well as excellent project management skills to implement our programme in Mali and to contribute to DCAF’s project in the Sahel. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on or managing governance programmes in the context of developing or transitional states. The Resident Project Coordinator will be based in Bamako, Mali. The incumbent will have a comprehensive understanding of security sector reform and governance and is expected to make a substantive contribution to the DCAF programme in support of the SSR process, civilian  oversight (parliament, civil society organizations, media), and legal reform.

 

Primary responsibilities:           

  • In close coordination with the programme’s Geneva based Project Coordinator, manage all aspects of the implementation of DCAF’s programme in Mali.
  • Provide technical, strategic and policy advice to national stakeholders.
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, defense and security institutions, community leaders, civil society, media, EU, UN, ECOWAS and other regional bodies.
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate project implementation, including data collection, internal or independent evaluations, course correction or iteration.
  • Monitor, measure and provide written reports of political developments and programme results in the Sahel.
  • Oversee execution of the approved budgets.
  • In close coordination with the Sahel team in Geneva, plan, develop, coordinate and deliver capacity building for security institutions and oversight actors (ministries, parliament, human rights commissions, ombuds institutions, media, civil society organisations, universities, and any other relevant oversight stakeholder).

 

Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience working on governance projects in the context of states undergoing transition or democratic reform, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience working closely with legislatures, the executive, civil society and security institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on SSR/G, including the provision of strategic steering advice to reform processes.
  • Extensive experience delivering and facilitating workshops, seminars, consultations and capacity building activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and design, budget management, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience liaising with donors, embassies, and international organisations in the field.
  • Excellent communications skills, and a perfect command of written and spoken English and French.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience mentoring staff.
  • Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in international relations, peace, or security studies.
  • Familiarity with the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and other intergovernmental and/or regional organisations.

 

Position location: Bamako, Mali.

Period of contract: 1 year, renewable.

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2018.

DCAF is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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 committed to a diverse workplace free of discrimination. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information on DCAF, please visit our website: www.dcaf.ch.

 

Candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their CV with a cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to the address below. Due to the high number of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Administrative Assistant, Sub-Saharan Africa Division

DCAF Geneva

africa.programme@dcaf.ch

Ref: Sahel, Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Vacancy

Project Assistant – Southeast Europe Division (50 %)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019
Application Contact: “Project Assistant – Southeast Europe Division (50 %)” (c.cattaud@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 20/07/2018 23:45

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 www.dcaf.ch

 

For our Southeast Europe Division, we are looking for a motivated and curious individual to be our next:

 

Project Assistant – Southeast Europe Division (50 %)

 

Location:                            Geneva, Switzerland

Starting date:                     1 September 2018 or upon mutual agreement

Duration:                            1 year with possibility of extension

 

The role      

The Project Assistant supports the implementation of security sector governance capacity building projects. Under the supervision of the project coordinator and in close cooperation with other project team members in Geneva, Belgrade and Skopje, the Project Assistant is in charge of ensuring logistical and administrative tasks and carries out research on request.

 

Key areas of operation:

  • Contributes to the logistical organization of seminars and conferences;
  • Drafts a variety of project related documents (project proposals, donor reports, fact sheets, etc.);
  • Assists with the procurement of services and financial management of projects;
  • Conducts research on project-related topics.

  

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • University degree  or currently enrolled in university studies in a relevant field, such as law,  international relations, conflict resolution, history, development, security, peace studies, or political science;
  • Excellent proficiency in  English, both written and spoken;
  • Prior experience in assisting project management including financial aspects, and the organisation of conferences, workshops and training activities, is an asset;
  • Prior experience in drafting funding proposals, correspondence and reports to donors is an asset;
  • Knowledge of a Western Balkan language is a strong asset;
  • 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 c.cattaud@dcaf.ch by 20 July 2018 with the subject heading “Project Assistant – Southeast Europe Division (50 %)”, 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. 

Vacancy

Administrative Assistant (Maternity Leave Cover)

Location: Brussels , Belgium
Application Contact: Krisztina Szalachy (k.szalachy@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 27/07/2018 23:59

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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, in a Consortium with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and Justice Cooperation Internationale (JCI), is in charge of implementing an IcSP project funded by the European Commission. DCAF is looking for an experienced part-time Administrative Assistant to cover for a maternity leave of 5 months and deliver administrative, logistical and financial support for this Project.

Job Description

Position: Administrative Assistant (50%)
Reporting to: Project Team Leader
Overview: The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the administrative, logistical and financial support required for the implantation of the project.

Tasks

Specific tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Plan missions and deployments and book all local and international travel arrangements for the project team members, including flights, accommodation, ground transportation and security arrangements;
  • Organise events and meetings in Brussels and/or Geneva;
  • Manage project funds;
  • Verify and validate all project expenditure in line with DCAF’s accounting rules;
  • Prepare internal and external financial reports in line with DCAF and EU procedures;
  • Liaise with the European Commission on financial (income and expenditure) and reporting matters;
  • Liaise with DCAF’s Geneva Office on financial and contract-related matters;
  • Implement a strict electronic and paper filing system to comply with DCAF’s requirements and audit procedures;
  • Draft and format documents (contracts, reports, etc.);
  • Day to day administration for the Project Team in Brussels (office supplies, calendar, office rental and related contracts, etc.);
  • Manage a database of consultants;
  • Other support tasks assigned by the project team and the Geneva Office.

Requirements

Qualities required:

The post holder must be proactive, have a problem-solving approach, and have demonstrated a strong ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team under minimal supervision. They must have good interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to liaise effectively with internal and external points of contacts from various backgrounds and at all levels. The post-holder is expected to have excellent organisational and time-management skills, and the ability to prioritise work.

Previous experience and background:

University degree or equivalent with an administrative and/or project management background. A minimum of five years of experience in a similar position and previous experience on EU projects are required.

Functional Competences:

Fluency in English and French (written and oral) is required, additional languages are an asset. An advanced knowledge of the European Commission’s administrative and financial procedures is required for this position. The post holder must have very good knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Lync, and SharePoint). Advanced knowledge of Excel is essential.

Contractual arrangements:

  • Availability to work 50%, five half days per week;
  • A valid work permit for Belgium is required;
  • Contract start and end date: 20 August 2018 to 18 January 2019;
  • No relocation package will be offered for this position.

Please send your CV and cover letter to: Szalachy Krisztina: k.szalachy@dcaf.ch by 27th July 2018.

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

Vacancy

DCAF-ISSAT Internship (50%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch ()
Application Deadline: 30/09/2018 23:55

Under the direction and supervision of the Performance Management and Reporting Officer, and other DCAF-ISSAT staff as appropriate, the post holder will:

-Identify and upload resources, events, and jobs to the DCAF-ISSAT Community ofPractice (CoP) online Resource Library ;

-Draft and post replies to inquiries and to questions on the CoP Forum;

-Maintain the English, French, Arabic and/or Spanish pages of the DCAF-ISSAT website;

-Assist the design of DCAF-ISSAT knowledge product templates;

-Write a blog on a topic of SSR interest to the candidate;

-Undertake background research on SSR general and specific country issues; and,

-Support DCAF-ISSAT teams in preparing for field missions, events, activities; 

For more information, please find the internship flyer attached. 

Vacancy

Project Officer - Middle East

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 30/06/2018 23:59

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) are seeking to appoint a Project Officer for the Middle East at 100% (full-time). The position will be on a 24-month contract and will be based in Geneva, but will involve some travel to the region. Qualifying candidates will possess an advanced university degree in political science, international relations, development, security studies, international law or related field, and will have a minimum of 3 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the fields of security and/or justice reform.

Duties and responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Support the development of DCAF’s programmes related to security sector reform in the Middle East, including support for conceptualizing, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects
  • Support to grant management, including budget monitoring and programme and project reporting
  • Support fundraising activities, including the development of country strategy documents, planning sheets, concept notes, etc.
  • Draft project related documents such as project proposals, analytical reports and evaluations
  • Liaise with and provide ongoing support to field offices in the region

For more information or to apply to the role of Project Officer - Middle East, please kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator (PC) – 100%

Location: Geneva, with frequent travel to different regions of the world, Switzerland
Period: 02/08/2018 to Indefinite
Application Contact: subject heading “Project Coordinator” (gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 06/07/2018 23:55

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 www.dcaf.ch

 

With a nine-person team, the Gender and Security Division leads DCAF’s work promoting gender equality by providing policy advice, conducting practical research and implementing operational projects.

 

For our Gender and Security Division, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:

 

Project Coordinator (PC) – 100%

 

Location:                        Geneva, with frequent travel to different regions of the world

Starting date:                 September 2018

Duration:                        Indefinite contract

 

The role             

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the PC will lead in the development, implementation, and monitoring of complex projects for the Division and work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions. This position requires deep knowledge and expertise in gender and security, strong interpersonal skills, and good understanding of security policy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Draft concept notes, policy briefs and notes, implementation/ monitoring plans, terms of reference and other project documents as directed
  • Meet and coordinate with partner organizations, donors and other stakeholders
  • Lead in the design, organization and implementation of activities with partners, including policy initiatives, training, conferences, meetings, assessments, research projects, etc.
  • Monitor execution of budgets for projects
  • Design and/or deliver training and ToT workshops
  • Lead and/or coordinate applied research initiatives
  • Draft and edit publications and supervise consultants
  • Liaise with various stakeholders
  • Represent the Gender and Security Division in internal and external meetings

Education, competencies and experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in international affairs, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines.
  • At least five years of professional experience in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.
  • Excellent knowledge of the gender and security legal normative framework; strong familiarity with international organizations, especially the UN system, with policy discussions regarding gender and security, as well as security sector governance and reform.
  • Proven writing and editing skills. Experience in coordinating applied research on gender and security. Published record as author and/or editor of gender and security-related products.
  • Proven experience developing and delivering education and training packages on gender and security, gender and justice, gender-based bias, or related topics, for security and justice personnel. Good knowledge of adult education methodologies.
  • Experience in leading applied research and operational projects on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, and related fields.
  • Native fluency in English, professional command of French, with other languages a plus.

Personal competences and attitude:

  • Proven management skills.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment.
  • “Roll up your sleeves” and can-do attitude and excellent sense of planning, organization and management of priorities.
  • Ability to think and act independently and creatively, to work with colleagues at all levels, to multitask, and to handle tight deadlines and stressful situations.
  • Speed, precision and accuracy in executing tasks.
  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

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 gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch by 6 July, 2018 with the subject heading “Project Coordinator”, enclosing:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a motivational letter outlining how your qualifications meet the above requirements

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Vacancy

Programme Manager (100%)

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Period: 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2019
Application Contact: email should mention: “Vacancy BEI2018/SPM” (opmena@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 15/06/2018 23:55

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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).

The Middle East and North Africa Division wishes to recruit:

Programme Manager (100%)

Starting date:July 2018 (or upon agreement)

Duty Station: Beirut

Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension

Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Middle East Desk of DCAF’s Operations Middle East and North Africa Division at its headquarters, the Programme Manager is responsible for overseeing the Lebanon portfolio and staff in DCAF’s office in Beirut. His/her duties and responsibilities shall include the following:

  • Manage and develop DCAF’s programme related to Lebanese security sector reform,      including designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating      projects
  • Oversee all organisational, administrative and financial aspects of programme and office management
  • Develop projects, plans, proposals, budgets and strategies to meet planned objectives
  • Represent DCAF in Lebanon; liaise, coordinate and negotiate with all relevant stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, police and security forces, community leaders, civil society, media and donor
  • Develop donor relations and research new opportunities for funding
  • Manage local staff and visiting experts

Requirements:

Education, knowledge and experience

  • An advanced degree in political or social sciences, business administration, public administration, law, development, or related fields
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant work experience, preferably in the MENA region and/or in Lebanon
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in project management, including experience managing multiple grants/budgets, staff (both operations and support staff) and programmes
  • Proven conceptual knowledge and technical expertise in areas such as security sector reform, good governance, media, civil society, rule of law, public administration
  • Excellent command of both oral and written English; working knowledge of Arabic is preferred; knowledge of French is considered an asset

Skills

  • Team leader, strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to solve problems
  • Strong management skills, incl. planning, and staff management skill
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines
  • Cultural sensitivity and familiarity with the Arab world

 

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to opmena@dcaf.ch

Attachments must include the following documents:

  • letter of motivation (maximum 1 page),
  • CV of maximum 3 pages (including the names of 3 references), and
  • the completed application form (downloadable by clicking here)

The subject line of the email should mention: “Vacancy BEI2018/SPM”. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018.

Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.DCAF is not in a position to respond to telephone inquiries.

Vacancy

Programme Officer for DCAF’ Police Advisory Programme

Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Period: 01/08/2018 to 30/11/2018
Application Contact: Dr. Cristina Hoyos (dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 25/06/2018 23:55

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified interna-tional staff with operational activities 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). Since 2013, DCAF has been providing support to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Honduras in the areas of security sector reform, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity. Within SDC’s new program on citizen security in Honduras, DCAF has been given the mandate to continue to support the reform process in the security sector at national level. In this context, DCAF seeks a

Programme Officer for DCAF’ Police Advisory Programme in Honduras (100%)

with a police background and experience in police reforms and  project management who will be based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The incumbent will be assisting in the implementation of a multiyear programme and provide technical support and offer advice on all matters related to policing to the programme coordinator and the SDC office in Honduras. The programme’s objective is to support the Ministry of Security and National Police of Honduras in improving their institutional integrity and efficiency within a framework of human rights and meritocracy. SDC’s overall citizen security program in Honduras encompasses two further components on strategic infrastructure investments with the Inter American Bank for Development and a second mandatee responsible for supporting reform implementation in SDC’s two priority regions Golfo de Fonseca and the Mosquitia.

Primary responsibilities:         

• Support the implementation of DCAF’s Police Advisory Programme in Honduras in close collaboration with the project team on the ground, the SDC and DCAF.

• Provide technical support and advice on police education, policing, police integrity systems and police reforms to the programme coordinator and the SDC office in Honduras.

• Liaise with national authorities, in particular with the Honduran Ministry of Security and the National Police.

• Prepare and organise workshops and trainings for the National Police in Honduras and draft required materials.

• Assist the programme coordinator in monitoring, measuring and provide written reports of political developments and programme results in Honduras.

• Draft relevant project documentation.

Requirements and qualifications:

• Have an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

• Background as a police officer and/or experience in training and coaching of police.

• Familiarity with externally supported SSR/G programmes on police reform and capacity building in Latin America and/or in other regions.

• Extensive experience delivering and facilitating workshops, seminars, trainings, consultations and tailormade capacity building activities.

• Experience in results based project management.

• Good knowledge of SSR/G concepts and the security sector situation in Latin America.

• Proven sensitivity to issues of gender equality in SSR/G.

• Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills as well as an ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with a broad range of stakeholders (especially police) in a challenging environment.

• Excellent communications skills and a perfect command of written and spoken Spanish and English.

Indicative starting date: 1. August 2018

Position location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Period of contract: 4 years

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae together with a motivation letter by 25 June 2018 to Dr. Cristina Hoyos at dcaf.lac@dcaf.ch (subject: “Programme Officer”). Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter.

DCAF is committed to a diverse workplace free of discrimination. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information on DCAF, please visit our website: www.dcaf.ch.

Vacancy

Key Expert Legal Reform and Parliament (Long-term Consultancy until 30 November 2021)

Period: 01/07/2018 to 30/11/2021
Application Contact: subject: “KE Myanmar”). (asia-pacific@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 04/06/2018 23:59

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

Initiated by the Swiss Government, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is one of the world’s leading institutions in the areas of security sector governance and security sector reform. Since 2013, DCAF has been providing advisory support and capacity building assistance in the field of police reform and security sector governance in Myanmar. In the context of its expanding activities in Myanmar, DCAF wishes to recruit a

Key Expert Legal Reform and Parliament (Long-term Consultancy until 30 November 2021, 100%)

who will be based in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, with frequent travel to Yangon, Myanmar.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will serve as a Key Expert for DCAF’s contribution to a multi-year police reform support programme (MYPOL) funded by the European Commission and implemented by Fundación Internacional para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP). The project’s objective is to contribute to an effective, efficient, accountable and trusted police service, applying international best practices and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The tasks include:

• Under the supervision of the Head of DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit, be responsible for DCAF’s contributions in providing assistance to the Parliament, the Ministry of Home Affairs (including the Myanmar Police Force / MPF), the Attorney-General’s Office as well as other national stakeholders such as relevant civil society organizations and academic and research institutions. The task includes reviewing current police-related laws, offering technical assistance in revising such laws, contributing to training courses organized by MYPOL to the MPF and other actors on the legal framework guiding the work of the police, developing and offering training courses to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on security sector governance, security sector reform, police oversight, specialized committees and skills development It also includes comparative assessments of international and regional practise, capacity building workshops, study tours and legal/policy advice, organized independently or together with the second DCAF Key Expert and Key Experts of project partners working on other aspects of the MYPOL project.

Project planning, implementation and monitoring:

• Serve as a key expert and permanent member of the Myanmar-based project team on behalf of and representing DCAF;

• Implement the and activities of the ‘Support to the Reform of the Myanmar Police Force’ project under DCAF’s scope of work in close consultation with DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit, in close collaboration with short-term experts brought in to assist in implementing activities, as well as the MYPOL project team in Myanmar and other stakeholders, as appropriate;

• Liaise with local and international stakeholders for the (co-)organization of workshops and meetings in Myanmar as well as potential international study visits of delegations of Myanmar stakeholders;

• Initiate, conceptualize, organize and provide substantive input to periodic consultation meetings, workshops and modules contributed to project partners’ activities, in close collaboration with local stakeholders and project partners, based in, among others, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw;

• Carry out tailored comparative assessments and research on project-related substance matters; • Jointly with the Geneva-based team, identify, contract and supervise international and local short-term experts to assist in the implementation of the project;

• Periodically report as required to Myanmar-based main implementing partner and to Geneva-based DCAF project lead;

• Collect data to facilitate monitoring of project activities;

• Prepare material for internet and IT-based project management tools;

• Provide administrative, logistical and financial management of assigned tasks.

Requirements and qualifications:

• Postgraduate university degree in political science, public administration, law (comparative domestic and international law), preferably in a field related to police administration and governance, security, criminal justice or other relevant field and/or extensive experience as member of a national parliament or parliamentary staff (ideally also in security-related parliamentary committee);

• Demonstrated comparative research, policy or operational experience on security sector governance in democratising countries, with an emphasis on police services and/or parliament;

• Familiarity with the political and security contexts in Myanmar and Southeast Asia/Asia-Pacific more broadly;

• Professional experience related to internal and external accountability mechanisms (e.g. police accountability/complaints mechanisms; ombuds institutions; independent complaints mechanisms; parliamentary oversight); as well as legal reviews and amendments;

• Experience in monitoring and evaluation in the field of security and rule of law, with excellent report writing skills;

• Strong results-based management skills, acquired in previous leadership positions in capacity development support programmes;

• Experience in project management and implementation in Southeast Asia/Asia-Pacific, particularly in Myanmar, is considered an asset;

• Experience in the development and implementation of capacity building programmes comprising the organisation of conferences, workshops and tailor-made training activities;

• Experience in reviewing and monitoring based on results-based project management; including proposals, log-frames, reports as well as in managing, monitoring and reporting on project results and finances;

• Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills as well as an ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, international and at times challenging environment;

• Experience in working with diverse groups of stakeholders including International Organizations, international/local NGOs, private sector and government authorities;

• Excellent inter-personal skills with the capacity to forge strong working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders;

• Familiarity with externally supported police reform and parliamentary capacity building support projects;

• Familiarity with European Union/European Commission-funded projects;

• In-depth knowledge and understanding of EU policies and priorities;

• Experience with extensive stays abroad, including in transition countries;

• Excellent analytical and communication skills;

• Good computer skills including, excel, power point and word.

Professional experience:

• Preferably 15, but at a minimum of 12 years of professional and/or academic experience in policy issues within the justice, rule of law and security sector;

• Proven experience in training and coaching of police and/or parliamentarians;

• Demonstrated experience in the alignment of development intervention/change management with civil service/public sector management;

• Experience working on rule of law or security sector reform in transition societies;

• Deep understanding of the social, political, legal and economic issues affecting security sector reforms and/or law enforcement strategies in societies in transition;

• Relevant experience in Southeast Asia – and Myanmar – will be an asset.

Language skills:

• Excellent command of written and spoken English;

• Excellent drafting and editing skills;

• Knowledge of Myanmar and/or Southeast Asian languages is considered an asset.

Indicative starting date: 01 July 2018.  

Remuneration: A competitive consultancy-based compensation package will be offered, including salary, housing allowance, transportation for the incumbent to and from his/her place of residence and annual home-leave entitlements.

Interested   candidates   meeting   the   qualifications   are   invited   to e-mail their curriculum vitae together with a motivation letter by 4 June 2018 to the Selection Committee as asia-pacific@dcaf.ch (subject: “KE Myanmar”). Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Vacancy

SSR Advisor / Senior SSR Advisor

Location: Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 06/05/2018 23:55

DCAF-ISSAT is looking for a SSR Advisor/Senior SSR Advisor who will be reporting to Head of ISSAT (with delegation to Heads of service lines (advisory field support (AFS), professional development and training (PDT), and advocacy & outreach and knowledge (OAK)), depending on the task), the SSR Advisor / Senior SSR advisor will work in relation to ISSAT’s mandates and activities across all of the service lines.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch  by 06th May 2018 with the subject heading “APPLICATION SSR/Senior SSR Advisor”, enclosing:

• a one-page motivational statement in English describing your story and what you can bring to DCAF
• a concise CV (maximum two pages)

Vacancy

Project Coordiantor, Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 01/04/2018 12:00

he Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) seeks a Project Coordinator with strong security sector reform and governance experience as well as excellent project management skills to join the Sub-Saharan Africa team. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on or contributing to governance programmes in the context of developing or transitional states. The Project Coordinator will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, with frequent travel to Sub-Saharan Africa. The incumbent will have a comprehensive understanding of security sector reform and governance and is expected to make a substantive contribution to the DCAF programmes in support of the SSR processes in Sub-Saharan Africa, including support to state actors, civilian oversight bodies (parliament, civil society organizations, media), and legal reform.

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Vacancy

Resident Project Coordinator, Sahel, Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Location: Bamako , Mali
Application Deadline: 01/04/2018 12:00

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) seeks a Resident Project Coordinator with strong security sector reform and governance experience as well as excellent project management skills to implement our programme in Mali and to contribute to DCAF’s projects in the Sahel. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on or managing governance programmes in the context of developing or transitional states. The Resident Project Coordinator will be based in Bamako, Mali. The incumbent will have a comprehensive understanding of security sector reform and governance and is expected to make a substantive contribution to the DCAF programme in support of the SSR process, civilian  oversight (parliament, civil society organizations, media), and legal reform.

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Vacancy

DCAF Project Assistant – Ombuds Institutions Programme (50%)

Application Deadline: 18/03/2018 12:00

DCAF's Policy and Research Division is seeking a Project Assistant to work in a small team and assist in the implementation of the Division’s Programme on “Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces.” In particular, the project assistant will provide support to the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF).

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Vacancy

SSR Advisor / Senior SSR Advisor

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 06/05/2018 23:55

DCAF-ISSAT is looking for a SSR Advisor/Senior SSR Advisor who will be reporting to Head of ISSAT (with delegation to Heads of service lines (advisory field support (AFS), professional development and training (PDT), and advocacy & outreach and knowledge (OAK)), depending on the task), the SSR Advisor / Senior SSR advisor will work in relation to ISSAT’s mandates and activities across all of the service lines.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch  by 06th May 2018 with the subject heading “APPLICATION SSR/Senior SSR Advisor”, enclosing:
• a one-page motivational statement in English describing your story and what you can bring to DCAF
• a concise CV (maximum two pages)

Vacancy

DCAF-ISSAT SSR Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 05/04/2018 23:55

An SSR Officer (SSRO) within ISSAT is a professional level, multidisciplinary profile, able to undertake activities related to Advisory Field Support (AFS), professional development and training (PDT), and advocacy & outreach and knowledge (OAK), including the development of operational tools in the area of SSR programme design, assessment and monitoring and evaluation. It is a demanding role with advocacy and outreach aspects to wide-ranging high-level departmental contacts within donor states, their staff overseas, international organisations and partner nations. 

ISSAT SSROs are part of an in-house network called the “methodology cell”. This body is set up to contribute to the methodological development of ISSAT’s mandates and use ISSAT’s operational experience to update ISSAT’s approaches, produce knowledge products and tools and share with the wider community of SSR practitioners.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch by 5 April 2018 with the subject heading “APPLICATION SSR Officer”, enclosing:
• a one-page motivational statement in English describing your story and what you can bring to DCAF
• a concise CV (maximum two pages)

Vacancy

Programme Officer for DCAF’ programme on supporting sector reform in Honduras (100%)

Location: Tegucigalpa , Honduras
Period: 01/08/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 06/04/2018 12:00

DCAF is seeking a Programme Officer with a police background and experience in police reforms and  project management who will be based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The incumbent will be assisting in the implementation of a multi-year programme and provide technical support and offer advice on all matters related to policing to the programme coordinator and the SDC office in Honduras. The programme’s objective is to support the Ministry of Security and National Police of Honduras in improving their institutional integrity and efficiency within a framework of human rights and meritocracy. SDC’s overall citizen security program in Honduras encompasses two further components on strategic infrastructure investments with the Inter-American Bank for Development and a second mandatee responsible for supporting reform implementation in SDC’s two priority regions Golfo de Fonseca and the Mosquitia.

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Vacancy

National Programme Officer for DCAF’ programme on supporting sector reform in Honduras (100%)

Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Period: 01/08/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 06/04/2018 12:00

DCAF is seeking a Programme Officer with proven experience in working with security institutions in Honduras and project management skills who will be based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a national expert, the incumbent will assist in the implementation of the multi-year SSG/R programme and provide project management support to the DCAF programme team and the SDC office in Honduras. The programme’s objective is to support the Ministry of Security and National Police of Honduras in improving their institutional integrity and efficiency within a framework of human rights and meritocracy. SDC’s overall citizen security program in Honduras encompasses two further components on strategic infrastructure investments with the Inter-American Bank for Development and a second mandatee responsible for supporting reform implementation in SDC’s two priority regions Golfo de Fonseca and the Mosquitia.

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Vacancy

Resident Coordinator (Head of Honduras office) for DCAF’s programme supporting security sector reform in Honduras (100%)

Location: Tegucigalpa , Honduras
Period: 01/08/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 06/04/2018 12:00

The Resident Coordinator is expected to have strong security sector reform, governance and policy dialogue experience as well as excellent project management skills. The position will be based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras but responsible to the Head of the Latin America and the Caribbean Unit based at DCAF HQ in Geneva. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 10 years work experience at an international level advising on or managing governance programs at an international level including experience from in Latin America and the Caribbean with a emphasis on institutional change management.

 

The incumbent will serve as DCAF’s local representative and team leader for the implementation of the above-mentioned component in SDC’s citizen security program. The incumbent will be working alongside the SDC office and local authorities in Tegucigalpa. The programme’s objective is to support the Ministry of Security and National Police of Honduras in improving their institutional integrity and effectiveness within a framework of human rights, gender and meritocracy.

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Vacancy

DCAF Project Officer – Database and web management Expert (100%)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/03/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 11/02/2018 12:00

DCAF Middle East and North Africa Division is seeking a highly motivated and creative person to be responsible for the editing, maintenance and overall management of legal databases, websites and social media activities of the MENA Division, while contributing to the development and improvement of communication strategies, tools and practices.

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Vacancy

DCAF-ISSAT Professional Development and Training Project Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 25/02/2018 12:00

DCAF is dedicated to making people and the states they live in more secure. We help countries to develop effective laws, institutions, policies and practices that improve the way the security sector is structured and governed. Good security and justice sector governance – rooted in respect for human rights and the rule of law – is a cornerstone of human security and development.

DCAF is a leading world centre of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR) knowledge and practice. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we operate in over 70 countries and have a team of more than 170 international staff.

DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) provides practical support to the international community in its efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states. Established in 2008, it works to increase the capacity of the international community to support SSR processes, to enhance the effectiveness and quality of SSR programming, and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of international assistance for nationally driven SSR processes.

We are a dynamic team working with, and across, world-leading government departments, multilateral institutions and experts in the international security and justice sector development arena.

You will compliment an experienced, values-driven professional group from a broad variety of backgrounds. Funded chiefly by national governments, we look after our staff and ensure they benefit from a solid employment package, and a proactive and empowering working environment.

Today, DCAF-ISSAT is looking for a dynamic and committed individual to be our next:

 

DCAF-ISSAT Professional Development and Training Project Officer

 

Location:                           Geneva

Starting date:                   As soon as possible

Duration:                           Full time, permanent position

 

The role:

Under the direction and coordination of the Professional Development and Training (PDT) Coordinator, the post-holder will support the work of DCAF-ISSAT’s Professional Development and Training service line. 

 

Specific Task and Responsibility:

  • Training and Development - contribute to the ongoing design, development and oversight of both face-to-face and online training courses on SSR and related topics in multiple languages;
  • E-Learning - be the DCAF-ISSAT focal point for all e-learning development, training and evaluation, to provide oversight for on-line training platform performance, calendar and resources, and liaise regularly with the DCAF-ISSAT web technical lead[1]
  • Delivery - participate alongside, and in support of, the PDT coordinator and relevant DCAF-ISSAT core staff and roster[2] members in the delivery of face-to-face trainings;
  • Liaison - provide liaison and logistical support to DCAF-ISSAT training teams before, during and after training, including review of relevant training presentations and materials;
  • Research - conduct research to support the ongoing development of SSR training material including country profiles, thematic information notes, case studies and exercises;
  • Planning - identify costs of all planned programmes, keep within agreed budgets and assess the return on investment of DCAF-ISSAT training and development activities as part of quarterly and annual ISSAT reporting to the Governing Board;
  • Relationships - contribute to both strengthening and identifying new and established training and development partnerships with relevant institutions, networks and individuals;
  • Evaluation - help identify, document and validate lessons identified through DCAF-ISSAT development, training and advisory work to help ensure existing material and methodologies are updated accordingly on a regular basis; and,
  • Communication - support the dissemination of information on DCAF-ISSAT’s training products and policies through effective communication approaches.

 

General Tasks and Responsibility:

  • Reporting - contribute to DCAF-ISSAT’s annual activity reports and periodic reports as required by the Head of ISSAT and/ or the PDT Coordinator;
  • Maintain effective and productive relationships with other DCAF-ISSAT service lines and DCAF divisions;
  • Writing - contribute to the DCAF-ISSAT SSR Community of Practice, including blog posts, forum responses on DCAF-ISSAT’s website, and/or other related online presence;
  • Administration - contribute rotational support in taking minutes at team meetings;
  • Personal Development - support innovation and improvement of DCAF-ISSAT activities through a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development; and,
  • Flexibility - undertake other such tasks as may, from time to time, be required by the DCAF-ISSAT Head and/or PDT Coordinator.

 

Personal Qualities Required

The post holder should have the following qualifications, skills, attributes and relevant experience along with being multi-lingual:

  • Be proactive and experienced in working as part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team, with excellent communication and presentational skills (both verbal, graphical, and in writing). The post-holder will ideally have experience and skills in the design and/or delivery of adult learning and development.
  • Under supervision of the PDT coordinator or DCAF-ISSAT management, be able to effectively plan and organise a variety of training and development activities[3], to include liaison with colleagues and institutions involved in SSR-related trainings such as police, justice, defence, development and foreign affairs.
  • Preferably, have prior experience with, and understanding of, online learning platforms, including the ability to use innovative training approaches and techniques such as webinars, infographics and latest presentational tools.   
  • Preferably, have the motivation, interest and experience in contributing to international development and relations that are core to the SSR context. Knowledge of, and experience in, the work of the UN, EU, AU and other global institutions in SSR and related rule of law, gender and human rights developments is highly desirable.         

 

Additional skills and experience

  • Interpersonal skills – being able to work with people at all levels
  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Initiative, confidence and ability to offer and implement ideas
  • Able to effectively manage your time to meet training and development schedules and objectives
  • Personal commitment to improving your own knowledge and skills.
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite

 

Qualifications and Languages:

The post is open to all graduates of degrees in international relations, political science, law or a related field with a minimum of 4-5 years’ relevant experience in SSR and/or related international development work, including field experience. The DCAF-ISSAT operating language is English. Fluency in French is strongly desired. Spanish or Arabic is an added advantage.

 

Next Steps:

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to [ISSATrecruitment@dcaf.ch] by 25 February 2018, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement (in English) describing your story and what you can bring to the Professional Development and Training Officer post; and,
  • a concise CV (maximum two pages).

DCAF is an equal opportunities employer that considers applications from all qualified candidates.

[1] E-learning development role to include review of links across other DCAF-ISSAT professional development and training opportunities, and advances in e-learning platforms and delivery

[2] Roster members – associate DCAF-ISSAT experts utilised to compliment the skills and experience held in-house   

[3] Ranging from face to face, online and event/conference-based training and development   

Vacancy

ISSAT | Internship 100%

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch ()
Application Deadline: 18/02/2018 12:00

ISSAT is looking for a full-time (100%) intern to support its work.

The post holder will form part of the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) that consists of 23 staff drawn from a variety of specialisations to support strategic, successful and sustainable Security Sector Reform (SSR) interventions in post-conflict and transitional countries. ISSAT is a Division of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). DCAF-ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its Members (which include 16 bilateral donors, and the AU, EU, OECD Secretariat, OIF, OSCE, UN, and the World Bank) with SSR interventions in conflict-affected and development environments.  

As a Division within DCAF, the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) is dedicated to enhancing the way in which the international community supports security and justice reform projects. ISSAT annually undertakes numerous international missions in support of its bilateral and multilateral member countries and organisations. ISSAT offers a friendly and multi-cultural working environment in one of the world’s leading organisations in the field of peace and security.

Under the direction and supervision ofthe Performance Management and Reporting Officer, and other DCAF-ISSAT staff as appropriate, the post holder will:

  • Identify and upload resources, events, and jobs to the DCAF-ISSAT Community of Practice (CoP) online Resource Library
  • Manage basic tasks on the administrator side of the DCAF-ISSAT website;
  • Write a blog on a topic of SSR interest to the candidate;
  • Undertake background research on SSR general and specific country issues;
  • Support DCAF-ISSAT teams in preparing for field missions, events, activities;
  • Prepare materials for training workshops, seminars, conferences or other 
    DCAF-ISSAT or donor organised events;
  • Assist with administrative tasks as necessary for the fluid functioning of the team;
  • Any other assigned research tasks or such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Head of ISSAT in support of team activities.

The post holder must be proactive and have demonstrated an ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They must be able to work quickly and accurately with minimal supervision and have a proven track record in the production of high quality research material and data drawing on a variety of electronic and hard copy source materials. (S)he must have good interpersonal, communication (verbal and written) and presentational skills, as well as the ability to network and liaise effectively. (S)he must be able to analyse issues quickly and effectively and produce required outputs to tight timescales. SSR is a fast developing field and it is necessary to monitor and retain currency in the latest thinking and developments. An interest in international relations and development issues, fundamental to the SSR concept, is highly desirable.

The position is open to Swiss/EU citizens as well as those in possession of a valid Swiss work permit until the end of the internship.  Students who are enrolled at a Swiss university or Institute for higher education are also eligible.

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to email their CV (no more than two pages) with a one page Covering Letter in English addressing the selection criteria and availability to ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch

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Vacancy

International Programme Manager/Project Coordinator (100%)

Location: Ramallah , Palestinian Territories
Period: 01/03/2018 to Indefinite
Application Contact: ( opmena@dcaf.ch)
Application Deadline: 24/01/2018 12:00

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector based on international norms and good practices. Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities in over 70 countries.

For our office in Ramallah, we are looking for a highly motivated and qualified professional to be our next:

International Programme Manager/Project Coordinator (100%)

Location: Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territories (oPt)

Starting date: 1 March 2018 or as per agreement

Duration: unlimited

Your mission

  • Oversee a portfolio of projects with executive authorities and civil society, and supervise project staff
  • Manage projects through the entire project management cycle
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, police and security forces, community leaders, civil society and media
  • Ensure timely and appropriate reporting
  • Support the Head of Office in all aspects relating to operational planning in the implementation of the country strategy
  • Represent DCAF in working meetings and donor meetings
  • Ensures high quality narrative and financial reporting, within established deadlines.

Your profile

  • A minimum of 5 years work experience in a similar function, preferably in the MENA region
  • Proven track record in managing complex projects
  • Experience working with security and justice sector institutions and/or on change management and institutional reform
  • An advanced degree in a subject of interest to our Centre
  • Excellent command of English and preferably an ability to work in Arabic
  • Cultural sensitivity and familiarity with the Arab world

Are you interested in joining us? Are you inspired by this position?

Please send your dossier with the reference «PMRAM2018 » to opmena@dcaf.ch by 24 January 2018, including:

  • a one-page cover letter in English describing your story and what you would bring us
  • a CV (maximum length 2 pages)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form
Vacancy

Project Officer Middle East

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/03/2018 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 07/01/2018 12:00

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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).

The Middle East and North Africa Division is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic person for the following position at its headquarters in Geneva.

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Vacancy

ISSAT | Internship 100%

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Contact: (ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch )
Application Deadline: 18/02/2018 12:00

ISSAT is looking for a full-time (100%) intern to support its work.

The post holder will form part of the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) that consists of 23 staff drawn from a variety of specialisations to support strategic, successful and sustainable Security Sector Reform (SSR) interventions in post-conflict and transitional countries. ISSAT is a Division of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). DCAF-ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its Members (which include 16 bilateral donors, and the AU, EU, OECD Secretariat, OIF, OSCE, UN, and the World Bank) with SSR interventions in conflict-affected and development environments.  

As a Division within DCAF, the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) is dedicated to enhancing the way in which the international community supports security and justice reform projects. ISSAT annually undertakes numerous international missions in support of its bilateral and multilateral member countries and organisations. ISSAT offers a friendly and multi-cultural working environment in one of the world’s leading organisations in the field of peace and security.

Under the direction and supervision ofthe Performance Management and Reporting Officer, and other DCAF-ISSAT staff as appropriate, the post holder will:

  • Identify and upload resources, events, and jobs to the DCAF-ISSAT Community of Practice (CoP) online Resource Library
  • Manage basic tasks on the administrator side of the DCAF-ISSAT website;
  • Write a blog on a topic of SSR interest to the candidate;
  • Undertake background research on SSR general and specific country issues;
  • Support DCAF-ISSAT teams in preparing for field missions, events, activities;
  • Prepare materials for training workshops, seminars, conferences or other
    DCAF-ISSAT or donor organised events;
  • Assist with administrative tasks as necessary for the fluid functioning of the team;
  • Any other assigned research tasks or such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned by the Head of ISSAT in support of team activities.

The post holder must be proactive and have demonstrated an ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They must be able to work quickly and accurately with minimal supervision and have a proven track record in the production of high quality research material and data drawing on a variety of electronic and hard copy source materials. (S)he must have good interpersonal, communication (verbal and written) and presentational skills, as well as the ability to network and liaise effectively. (S)he must be able to analyse issues quickly and effectively and produce required outputs to tight timescales. SSR is a fast developing field and it is necessary to monitor and retain currency in the latest thinking and developments. An interest in international relations and development issues, fundamental to the SSR concept, is highly desirable.

The position is open to Swiss/EU citizens as well as those in possession of a valid Swiss work permit until the end of the internship.  Students who are enrolled at a Swiss university or Institute for higher education are also eligible.

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to email their CV (no more than two pages) with a one page Covering Letter in English addressing the selection criteria and availability to ISSATinternship@dcaf.ch

Download the PDF attachment for the full job description.

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Case Studies

Liberia national dialogue on security sector reform, Monrovia, Liberia, 3–4 August 2005

In addition to historical contradictions and inadequacies, implementation of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) has further exposed the need to address critical issues in Liberia’s security sector, in order to consolidate the gains of post-conflict reconstruction and to pave the way towards good governance. In view of the role played by ill-governed security institutions in the Liberian civil war, the success and sustainability of rebuilding Liberia will to a large extent depend on the extent to which the security sector is reformed to operate more efficiently and within a framework of effective democratic control. Within this context, a dialogue on SSR would help broaden the constituency of actors working to develop a collective vision of security in Liberia. Moreover, such a dialogue would facilitate the inclusion of debates around the security sector prior to elections, so as to sustain interest on the issue in a post-election reform agenda. Significantly, a dialogue on SSR would serve as a crucial step in bringing voice and accountability into the process of creating an inclusive, locally driven SSR process in Liberia.

Against this background, the Ministry of Justice of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) convened a National Dialogue on Security Sector Reform, which was held in Monrovia 3-4 August 2005. The event was jointly facilitated and funded by the Conflict Security and Development Group (CSDG) of King’s College, University of London; the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Lagos, Nigeria; and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland. The dialogue served as an avenue toward a structured but informal conversation on SSR among relevant stakeholders, including
the United Nations, the transitional legislature, the judiciary, civil society, relevant ministries, civil society, and organizations responsible for implementing reform.

The dialogue was guided by, and sought to provide answers to, the following interrelated
questions:

1. What kind of security (and security sector) does Liberia have?
2. What kind of security (and security sector) do Liberians want?
3. What are the necessary key steps for achieving the desired security?
4. Who are the critical actors for attaining such security?
5. How can a locally driven, inclusive and accountable security sector reform process be
achieved?

Source: Source found in: Security Sector Reform: Integrated Technical Guidance Notes , United Nations SSR Task Force, 2012. pg 20.

Case Study

The Integration of a Gender Perspective in the Sierra Leone Police

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) began its reform process in 1997. As part of this process, the service developed a number of key policies that seek to promote gender equality and responsiveness. In 2011 the SLP undertook, for the first time, an assessment to measure its achievements to date in integrating gender issues in its reform process, and identify remaining gaps as well as good practices to inform the ongoing restructuring. This self-assessment process was undertaken by the SLP, using DCAF’s Gender Self-Assessment Guide.  It was conducted from May to October 2011 by a 10-member working group within SLP, comprising personnel from different departments with varied ranks, expertise and length of service. The SLP working group was supported by an external local consultant, Dr. Aisha Fofana Ibrahim.  The assessment focused on the following areas :

1. Performance effectiveness

2. Laws, policies and planning

3. Community relations

4. Accountability and oversight

5. Personnel

6. Institutional culture

The SLP internal self-assessment report has formed the basis of a case study entitled “The Integration of a Gender Perspective in the Sierra Leone Police”, written by Dr. Ibrahim. This case study was commissioned by DCAF with the support and collaboration of the SLP.  It is intended to be of use to stakeholders such as security sector institutions and oversight bodies, including parliament and civil society organisations, security sector reform practitioners and police services in other countries. It seeks to illustrate how gender perspectives have been integrated into the SLP, achievements, challenges and recommendations for becoming more inclusive and responsive to the needs of the entire population.

Case Study

Involvement of Parliaments in Advancing the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ Agenda in NATO Member Countries

In 2013, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly commissioned DCAF to provide an analysis of responses to a survey of Member Countries regarding national implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The subsequent study, “Involvement of Parliaments in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security’ Agenda in NATO Member Countries,” analyses the role of national parliaments in establishing and monitoring legal and policy initiatives put in place by NATO Member Countries to implement Resolution 1325. Its findings point to an increased level of parliamentary involvement in advancing this agenda in countries that have adopted national action plans for implementing United Nations Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

DCAF presented the findings of this study at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 2013 Annual Session in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Case Study

Gender and Security Sector Reform: Examples from the Ground

Selected Resources

Training Resource Package: Guide to Integrating Gender in SSR Training- DCAF

Video: Gender in SSR-Stephen Jackson, Chief of Staff at the UN Office in Burundi

The Examples from the Ground are concrete illustrations of ways in which a gender perspective has been integrated in different security sector institutions around the world. They range from measures to counter human trafficking in Kosovo, to women’s organisations’ involvement with security institutions in Nepal, to female parliamentarians’ contribution to post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda. These examples can help policymakers, trainers and educators better understand and demonstrate the linkages between gender and SSR.

The examples are organised around the following nine themes, for which a short introduction is provided:

• Police Reform and Gender
• Defence Reform and Gender
• Justice Reform and Gender
• Penal Reform and Gender
• Border Management and Gender
• Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender
• National Security Policy-Making and Gender
• Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender
• SSR Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender

For downloading individual examples and case studies in Integrating Gender into SSR Training on Kosovo, Liberia, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Hungary, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Central African Republic, Indonesia, Peru, Somalia, Afghanistan, the Russian Federation, Tajikstan, Rwand, Brazil, Israel, Jamaica, Nepal, the United States, and the regions of West Africa and the Pacific, kindly follow the link. 

Case Study

Tools

Host country security assessment guide

This guide is aimed to assist companies in evaluating the national and regional security contexts and identifying the different challenges that are likely to affect extractive operations. It provides the user with a comprehensive list of guiding questions that allow for a holistic overview of the security situation as well as a detailed analysis of all relevant actors.

For more information on the Host country security assessment guide, kindly follow the link.

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Host government engagement strategy tool

This tool aims to support company representatives prepare for the first consultations with national security actors and establish a strategy for the engagement and communication with security sector representatives. Companies can draw on individual sections of the tool to fill gaps in their preparations for consultations or use the tool in its entirety to establish an engagement and communication strategy.

For more information on the Host government engagement strategy tool, kindly follow the link.

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 4) : Access to Information and Security Sector Governance

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 4 aims to give participants a clear understanding of the objectives, principles and structure of access to information laws. The session also allows participants to better understand how to request access to information held by government bodies and how to deal with authorities’ denials to disclose information on grounds of national security.

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 4) : Access to Information and Security Sector Governance, please follow the link. 

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 3) : Media Freedom and Security Sector Governance

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 3 aims to give participants a clear understanding about media freedom in connection to security sector governance. 

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 3) : Media Freedom and Security Sector Governance, please follow the link. 

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 2) : The Media and Security Sector Governance

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 2 aims to give participants a working knowledge of what the security sector and what security sector governance (SSG) are.

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 2) : The Media and Security Sector Governance, please follow the link. 

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 1) : Using the Toolkit and Acquiring Training Skills

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 1 offers information for the trainer on how to use the toolkit and on useful training skills. It also includes introduction and conclusion training sessions, to be used when giving the training course as a whole.

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Part 1) : Using the Toolkit and Acquiring Training Skills, please follow the link. 

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 6) : Social Media and Security Sector Governance

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 6 aims  to give participants a clear understanding of how to use social media in covering security sector topics and events. This includes:

• Understanding what social media is

• Becoming aware of the potential professional advantages of using social media in covering security sector events

• Gaining practical knowledge of how to use specific social media platforms

• Learning how to create and distribute stories related to security by using social media

• Developing awareness of best practices and ethical considerations regarding the use of social media

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 6) : Social Media and Security Sector Governance, please follow the link. 

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Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 5) : Reporting Community Safety

Journalists and other members of the media often acknowledge the importance of strengthening their role in security sector governance. However, many media practitioners still face various obstacles and tend to encounter special challenges when reporting on security-related topics.

As a partial response to the challenges faced by journalists and other members of the media, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has produced this toolkit for trainers. While the toolkit has been developed in the Arab region and provides practical examples from this region, it has been designed to be used by media trainers in any region of the world.

Tool 5 aims to give participants a clear understanding about media freedom in connection to security sector governance. This includes the following learning objectives:

• Understanding the role of the media in reporting issues related to community safety

• Identifying the root-causes of community safety issues

• Planning for a news report on community safety issues

• Writing a news report on an issue related to crime, crime prevention or community safety

• Applying an ethics checklist for covering community safety issues (additional activity)

For full access to Media Toolkit for Trainers (Tool 5) : Reporting Community Safety, please follow the link. 

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Overseeing Intelligence Services - A Toolkit

DCAF’s toolkit on overseeing intelligence services is a compendium of booklets (tools) written by leading experts on intelligence governance from around the world.  

To view these tools, please follow this link.

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Tool 8: Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance

Tool 8 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa is designed to provide practitioners with action-oriented guidance for tackling the challenge of gender equality. How can practitioners identify effective entry points for integrating the aims of gender equality in national legislation, strategies and budgets for security; in the management of security institutions and in the delivery of justice and security services? This DCAF toolkit provides important guidance on these and other SSR related topics in the West African context.

For more information on the Tool 8: Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance, kindly follow the link.

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Training Manual on Police Integrity

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DCAF's Training Manual on Police Integrity aims to assist ministries of interior, police services and training institutions in developing their capacities to deliver integrity training to their staff. It also provides guidance on how to build and sustain organisational integrity through effective planning and management of human resources and reform processes.

The manual includes nine modules and three chapters:

  1. Understanding Integrity
  2. Democratic Policing and Integrity
  3. Values and Attitudes of Police Officers
  4. Police integrity legal and regulatory framework
  5. Police misconduct
  6. Peer control and reporting of misconduct
  7. Police accountability
  8. Gender equality, non-discrimination and police integrity
  9. Police ethical dilemmas
  10. Adult Learning – Guidelines for facilitators
  11. Human Resources Management & Integrity
  12. Integrity Planning and Reform

This manual is a knowledge product from DCAF’s Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP).

It is available in English, Albanian, Macedonian and Serbian. 

For full access to DCAF's Training Manual on Police Integrity, kindly follow the link.

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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform

A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform seeks to encourage and empower women to take part in shaping and transforming the security sector in their communities and countries.

The Women’s Guide provides both information on the security sector and tools for action. It draws on the rich and varied experiences of women in civil society from across the world and shares examples of practical, and sometimes innovative, ways to influence reform from the grassroots.

The Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform includes three sections:

  • Section 1:Understanding Security

Introduces key concepts in security, explaining SSR, and discusses why women’s contributions in civil society are vital to transforming the security sector.

  • Section 2:Get Involved

Outlines concrete ways in which women’s organisations can engage and influence reform: how to research security issues, form coalitions, plan strategically, develop recommendations, advocate and engage directly.

  • Section 3:Tools for Action

Presents an array of practical activities and tools for women’s organisations to take action, including activities to identify local security needs, sample letters to security officials, talking points for meetings with policymakers and media and definitions of security jargon.

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Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit - Annex

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly prioritised by governments, and on the agenda of international development, peace and security communities. SSR opens a window of possibility to transform security policies, institutions and programmes, creating opportunities to integrate gender issues

Despite this recognition of the importance of integrating gender issues in SSR, there has been a lack of resources on the topic. This Toolkit  is an initial response to the need for information and analysis on gender and SSR. It is designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with a practical introduction to why gender issues are important in SSR and what can be done to integrate them.

The Toolkit Annex is a compilation of key laws and instruments relevant to gender and SSR, referencing specific articles that relate to particular security sector institutions.Section 1 includes more general standards relating to SSR and gender, as well as a section on norms guiding security sector reform and a compilation of international and regional instruments. Each subsequent chapter refers to a particular area of SSR covered in the Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit .

For translations in French, Arabic, Montenegrin, Russian, and Indonesian, click here.

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Training Resources on Defence Reform and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.

A gender-responsive defence reform process seeks to:

» respond to the different security needs of women and men, boys and girls
» create capacity to address gender issues, including gender-based violence, in operations
» achieve the full integration of women in the armed forces, defence ministries and defence oversight bodies
» end any discrimination or human rights violations by armed forces personnel
» strengthen relations between the armed forces and civil society
» comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

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Training Resources on Penal Reform and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
Gender-responsive penal reform seeks to:

» Develop responses to offending by men, women, boys and girls, including non-custodial measures carried out in the community that consider their different needs and characteristics

» Improve the planning and delivery of services in prisons (including accommodation, healthcare, security and preparation for release) in a manner that is responsive to the different needs and characteristics of men, women, boys and girls

» Train penal staff in gender issues and human rights in policy and practice

» Strengthen complaint and oversight mechanisms within the penal system by including a gender responsive approach
» Strengthen collaboration with civil society organisations, including women’s groups, in both service and oversight functions

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Penal Reform and Gender (Tool 5)

The tool includes:

- An introduction to penal reform
- The rationale for why integrating gender strengthens penal reform processes
- Practical actions to integrate gender into penal reform initiatives
- An overview of particular gender and penal reform issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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National Security Policy-Making and Gender (Tool 8)

This tool provides an introduction to the benefits and opportunities of integrating gender issues into national-level security policy making.

As strategic documents, security policies are critically important in establishing a coordinated response to security threats, and can serve as a platform for security sector reform (SSR) processes. Ensuring that gender issues are integrated into security policies may increase participation and local ownership, and create policies and institutions that are more likely to effectively and sustainably provide security and justice to men, women, girls and boys on an equitable basis.

The tool includes:

-An introduction to SSR and gender 
- The rationale for why integrating gender issues strengthens SSR processes
- Practical ways of integrating gender into SSR policy and programme cycles
- An overview of specific gender and SSR issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança

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A reforma do sector de segurança (RSS) é um processo altamente complexo do ponto de vista político e técnico, que exige recursos humanos e financeiros consideráveis. A gestão destes recursos é, por si só, uma questão politicamente sensível e tecnicamente desafiadora, que envolve a definição de uma agenda de segurança partilhada, o desenvolvimento de processos orçamentais complexos, a criação de mecanismos fiáveis de responsabilização financeira para os gastos relacionados com a segurança e, em muitos casos, o envolvimento em parcerias construtivas1 com intervenientes internos e externos para obter financiamento complementar, assentes na liderança nacional e na responsabilização mútua. No contexto da RSS, a incapacidade de sustentar as necessidades da reforma de forma eficaz e transparente pode ter impactos negativos na segurança do Estado e da população. Os Estados oeste-africanos cuja capacidade financeira seja limitada poderão solicitar apoio a contrapartes bilaterais ou multilaterais para financiar os seus processos de RSS. Apesar de a assistência externa representar uma oportunidade para os estados-membros da CEDEAO dispostos a iniciar um processo de RSS, a mobilização e gestão deste apoio comporta desafios políticos, técnicos e em matéria de políticas. Acima de tudo, é necessário estabelecer um equilíbrio entre o valor das parcerias que visam colmatar as lacunas de um processo nacional de RSS em matéria de recursos e a necessidade de manter a apropriação e a liderança nacionais do processo de reforma, independentemente da origem dos fundos complementares que o sustentam. Com efeito, é comum que os Estados soberanos manifestem reservas em expressar abertura a parcerias internacionais que comportem o risco de resultar numa ingerência externa em assuntos internos fulcrais, tais como questões relacionadas com a defesa e a segurança.

Para maiores informações sobre a Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança, siga o link para o website do DCAF.

Por favor, siga o link para ter acesso às outros documentos da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental: 

Ferramenta 1: Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 2: Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Esta é a versão em Português da publicação. It is also available in English et disponible en français.

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Training Resources on Police Reform and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 

A gender-responsive police reform process seeks to:

» prevent and respond to the different forms of crime and insecurity faced by men, women, girls and boys, including gender-based violence
» promote the equal participation of men and women in the police service—for more effective policing
» ensure equal access of men and women to police services
» end any discrimination or human rights violations by police
» comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

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Training Resources on Justice Reform and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
A gender-responsive justice reform process seeks to:

» establish a fair, accessible, trusted and accountable justice sector for all groups within society
» promote gender equality
» ensure equal access to judicial processes
» identify and address problems and gaps within existing laws, mechanisms and processes which impede justice and security for men, women, boys and girls

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Gender Training for the Security Sector: Lessons identified and practical resources

On 4-6 June 2012, DCAF hosted a three-day workshop on gender training for the security sector in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop brought together thirty-six gender training experts from around the world to share and discuss good practices and lessons learned in delivering gender training to defence, police and other security audiences.

 

The topics covered during the workshop were:

 

   - Gender training needs assessment

   - Importance of gender – debating different approaches

   - Simulation exercises and role plays

   - Favourite gender training exercises

   - Exchange and analysis of gender training agendas

   - Gender training for men

   - Gender and diversity training

   - Exchange and analysis of case studies

   - Gender training exercises to promote attitude change

   - Follow-up and evaluating the impact of gender training

 

The workshop was held as part of DCAF’s ongoing project on Gender and Security Sector Reform Capacity Building. The report provides an invaluable resource to anyone involved in training in the field of gender and security as it includes numerous lessons identified as well as useful tips and pointers on how to overcome some of the greatest challenges that gender trainers currently face. Furthermore, the report contains a sizeable collection of tried-and-tested gender training exercises as well as an extensive list of additional resources such as publications, short videos and other electronic training materials.

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Training Resources on National Security Policy-Making and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
A gender-responsive national security policy-making process seeks to:

» consult and involve women and men from across the community
» address the security needs of different groups of women, men, boys and girls
» confront gender-based violence
» eliminate discrimination by and within security sector institutions

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Private Military and Security Companies and Gender (Tool 10)

This tool addresses the gender aspects and challenges of a relatively new phenomenon: the privatisation of security on a global scale.

So far, reliable research data is scarce. Moreover, much of the relevant information, such as companies’ standard operating procedures as well as the contents of most of their contracts, is strictly confidential. However, this must not lead to complacency. In order to ensure the effectiveness and long-term success of security sector reform (SSR) involving Private Security Companies (PSCs) and Private Military Companies (PMCs) it is indispensable to integrate gender aspects into all operations.

The tool includes:

- An introduction to PMSCs and their increasing role as part of the security sector
- The rationale for why integrating gender strengthens PMSCs
- Practical actions to integrate gender into PMSCs and their operations
- An overview of particular gender and PMSC issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Police Reform and Gender (Tool 2)

This tool is designed as a reference tool, with a mix of background information and practical examples and tips to assist in the design and/or implementation of the reform process. The following information can be used as a starting point for incorporating gender issues into a police reform processes The tool includes:

- An introduction to police reform
- The rationale behind integrating gender issues and ways in which this can strengthen police reform initiatives
- Entry points for incorporating gender issues into different aspects of police reform, including practical tips and examples
- An examination of particular gender and police reform issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

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Training Resources on Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
Gender-responsive civil society oversight of the security sector seeks to:

» reflect the different security needs, views and priorities of women and men, boys and girls
» include women and men and women’s organisations in oversight processes
» monitor how security sector institutions address gender-based violence
» hold security sector institutions accountable for discrimination and human rights violations
» advocate for equal participation of men and women in security sector institutions
» promote the implementation of international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

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Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and Justice Sector

This DCAF self-assessment guide is a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of a security sector institution. While it can be used by other security sector institutions, it is particularly designed for use by police services, armed forces and justice sector institutions. A gender-responsive security sector institution is one that both meets the distinct and different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls and promotes the full and equal participation of men and women.

This guide leads you through an eight-stage process to conduct an assessment of your institution, create an action plan to move your organisation forward, and monitor and evaluate the plan’s implementation.

1. Consider benefits and risks

2. Obtain the proper authorisation

3. Organise the work

4. Tailor the self-assessment process

5. Collect the information

6. Analyse and report on findings

7. Develop a gender action plan

8. Monitor, evaluate and adjust

For full access to Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and Justice Sector, kindly follow the link.

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Toolkit on Police Integrity

The Toolkit on Police Integrity aims to assist police services in designing effective measures to curb police corruption, increasing their ability to fight crime, improving public security and strengthening the rule of law and public trust in the police. The Toolkit contains nine chapters.

  1. Introduction: corruption and policing
  2. Values, rules and behaviour
  3. Organisation
  4. Supporting police officers facing ethical questions
  5. Internal control
  6. External oversight and control
  7. Investigation
  8. Capacity building
  9. Instruments

For further information on the Toolkit please contact Paulo Costa, Head of Police Programme, DCAF, OPS1.

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Training Resources on SSR Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.  
 
Gender-responsive assessment, monitoring and evaluation of SSR processes seeks to:

» identify differences between men, women, girls and boys’ security needs, and experiences of SSR processes
» respond appropriately to these differences
» recommend improved (gender-responsive) SSR policies, programmes and practices
» identify appropriate gender-responsive indicators and processes for monitoring and evaluating how SSR programmes and practices impact differently on women, men, boys and girls
» improve overall performance in SSR programmes and practices

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Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender (Tool 9)

This tool is designed to be a resource for civil society organisations (CSOs) engaged in oversight of the security sector, as well as those CSOs that seek to play a more active role in this regard.

The tool is also relevant for policymakers and officials in national governments, international and regional organisations, and donor countries around the world that are engaged in designing and implementing security sector reforms and that could play an active role in strengthening and supporting civil society engagement.

The tool includes:

- A description of the role of civil society in oversight mechanisms
- The rationale behind the inclusion of gender issues and ways in which this can strengthen and enhance oversight
- Entry points for incorporating gender into different aspects of civil society oversight, including practical tips and examples
- An overview of integrating gender into civil society oversight in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed countries

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Ferramenta 2 : Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

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Esta publicação faz parte da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental. Visa apoiar a implementação do quadro de políticas para a reforma e governação do sector de segurança da Comunidade Económica dos Estados da África Ocidental (CEDEAO). Através de orientações e conselhos práticos, adaptados ao contexto da África Ocidental e baseados em experiências regionais, a Caixa de Ferramentas visa facilitar a elaboração de políticas, bem como a implementação e gestão de processos de reforma do sector de segurança (RSS) a nível nacional.

Para maiores informações sobre a Ferramenta 2 : Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança, siga o link para o website do DCAF.

Por favor, siga o link para ter acesso às outros documentos da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental: 

Ferramenta 1 : Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Esta é a versão em Português da publicação. It is also available in English et disponible en français.

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Training Resources on Border Management and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
A gender-responsive border management reform process seeks to:

» Strengthen the protection of human rights for all by addressing the specific insecurities of men, women, girls and boys at borders,
» Improve prevention and detection of and responses to human trafficking and smuggling,
» Create more representative border institutions by promoting the participation of women,
» Enhance local ownership of border management processes by improving oversight and collaboration with civil society.

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Training Resources on Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
 It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
Gender-responsive parliamentary oversight of the security sector seeks to:

» respond to the different security needs of women and men, boys and girls—especially through security legislation and policy
» consult with a broad range of civil society actors
» involve female and male parliamentarians equally
» increase the representation of women within security sector institutions
» hold security sector institutions accountable for discrimination, gender-based violence and other human rights violations
» ensure equitable defence budgeting and resource management
» comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

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Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender (Tool 7)

This tool seeks to highlight the importance of parliamentary oversight of the security sector and the benefits parliamentarians derive from integrating a gender perspective into their work.

The tool includes:

- A conceptual introduction to parliamentary oversight of the security sector
- An outline of the importance and benefits of integrating gender into parliamentarians’ work on security issues
- Actions on how to integrate gender into parliamentary oversight
- Examination of gender and parliamentary oversight in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Defence Reform and Gender (Tool 3)

Local ownership of SSR processes is widely acknowledged and advocated in current international discourse. National actors, located in government ministries, defence services, research institutions and civil society are therefore a target audience of the tool. The tool provides insight into defence reform processes and the manner in which women can be integrated into the armed forces and defence structures. It also highlights areas for advocacy and civil society mobilisation in the quest for democratically controlled armed forces. The tool includes:

- An introduction to defence reform 
- The rationale for why integrating gender strengthens defence reform processes
- Practical actions to integrate gender into defence reform initiatives
- An overview of particular gender and defence reform issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Guide to Integrating Gender in SSR Training

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is designed to provide you with a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR training. In addition to having a specific exercise or session on gender and SSR, taking a few moments to look through this guide can help you to mainstream gender issues throughout your training. It provides practical tips on integrating gender into the entire SSR training cycle—from conducting a training needs assessment to monitoring and evaluation.

This guide is explicitly designed for SSR trainers and educators. Gender trainers working with the security sector will also find the content useful. As short-hand, the guide refers to “SSR training”, however, this is broadly defined to include training related to police reform, penal reform, security sector governance and oversight, border management, defence reform, justice reform, national security policy-making, etc.

Introduction 
Step 1: Assess and analyse training needs 
Step 2: Develop learning objectives 
Step 3: Design and develop the training 
Step 4: Implement the training 
Step 5: Monitor and evaluate the training

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Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence against Men: A Guidance Note for Security Sector Institutions

Sexual and domestic violence (SDV) presents a serious security threat in all societies and one that security sector institutions such as the police, justice system, armed forces and prisons are increasingly beginning to address. Historically, SDV was thought to almost exclusively affect women, yet recent studies in several countries have indicated that there are also large numbers of male victims. These men often share similar security needs with female victims, but they also experience gender-specific barriers to accessing security and justice caused, in part, by the fact that the issue of SDV against men remains shrouded in silence and misconceptions. With this in mind, this guidance note is designed to serve as a tool to enable security sector institutions to provide a more effective, gender-sensitive approach to preventing and responding to SDV against men.

The first half of this publication provides an overview of the characteristics and incidence of SDV committed against men as well as an outline of who the perpetrators and victims are and what impact these forms of violence tend to have on the victim. It then highlights how these factors translate into gender-specific barriers to reporting and why the security sector should seek to overcome them. The second half of the publication begins with a collection of recommendations on how security sector institutions can improve their ability to prevent and respond to SDV against men. This is followed by some suggested self-assessment questions designed to help these institutions understand how they currently respond to SDV against men with the aim of identifying areas of further work.

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Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Security Sector Reform (Tool 13)

Reflecting the text of the resolutions, the Tool focuses on reforms in the defence forces, police and the justice sector. Issues examined include: DDR, vetting, specialised services for victims of sexual violence, prosecution of violence against women in armed conflict, measures to increase women’s leadership in police and defence organisations and to promote deployment of women in peacekeeping, peacekeepers’ training , operational strategies to prevent sexual violence, and gender justice. The Tool will also examine progress made in promoting the participation of women in security decision-making, and in integrating Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 in national security policy-making, including through national action plans.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acronyms

1. Introduction

2. What is security sector reform?
2.1 Security sector reform
2.2 Why women and girls?

3. What are the women, peace and security resolutions?
3.1 Overview
3.2 What do the women, peace and security resolutions mean for UN Member States?

4. How can the women, peace and security resolutions be implemented in security sector reform?
4.1 In national and regional security policies and Action Plans
4.2 Through women’s participation in SSR processes
4.3 In defence reform
4.4 In police reform
4.5 In transitional justice and justice reform
4.6 In preparation for the deployment of personnel to peacekeeping missions
4.7 By Countries involved in armed conflict

5. Key recommendations

6. Additional resources

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Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança

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Esta ferramenta 6 « Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança », parte da « Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental », visa colmatar as lacunas em matéria de conhecimento e competências que impedem o pleno envolvimento dos intervenientes da sociedade civil oeste-africana no controlo do sector de segurança. Fornece a estes intervenientes aconselhamento e orientação práticos que se destinam a reforçar a sua capacidade de acção nesta área. Embora se destine principalmente aos intervenientes oeste-africanos da sociedade civil com intervenção local, nacional e regional, incluindo organizações de meios de comunicação social, esta ferramenta pode igualmente servir de guia à Comunidade Económica dos Estados da África Ocidental (CEDEAO) e a todos os seus estados-membros, bem como aos parceiros internacionais envolvidos na reforma e governação do sector de segurança, para promover a tomada em consideração por parte destes intervenientes do papel da sociedade civil na reforma e governação do sector de segurança.

A participação activa de uma sociedade civil empenhada, competente e diversificada no controlo público do sector de segurança reforça a confiança dos cidadãos e cidadãs nos mecanismos estatais que garantem a sua segurança.

No entanto, os intervenientes da sociedade civil nem sempre têm consciência do seu papel e das suas responsabilidades para com os mecanismos democráticos de governação da segurança. Por vezes, carecem igualmente de ferramentas conceptuais e competências práticas para participar activamente nesta área, ou têm dificuldade em estabelecer parcerias construtivas com as instituições estatais de segurança ou outros intervenientes pertinentes, bem como em identificar pontos de entrada adequados para se envolverem de forma construtiva na governação de segurança. O seu potencial de contribuição está subexplorado.

Para maiores informações sobre a Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança, siga o link para o website do DCAF.

Por favor, siga o link para ter acesso às outros documentos da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental: 

Ferramenta 1 : Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 2 : Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Esta é a versão em Português da publicação. It is also available in English et disponible en français.

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Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

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Tool 4 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa by DCAF addresses key challenges that West African states may face when extending their cooperation relationships to the field of security governance. It aims to provide ECOWAS member states with practical guidance on how to manage external assistance to SSR in a way that supports a national vision, ensures cost-efficiency, enforces mutual accountability and strives for sustainable results. It is mainly aimed at national administrations of ECOWAS member states specifically in charge of planning, managing and overseeing internal and external resource allocation to SSR, but can also be useful for oversight stakeholders monitoring the national security agenda, the national budget or cooperation policies, such as the media, academic research centres and civil society observatories and organisations.

SSR is a costly process, which requires an intense and long-term budgetary commitment from countries undertaking it. The financial burden of this process can weigh particularly heavily on the national budgets of West African states facing the challenges of economic development. The increasing readiness of the international community to support SSR efforts represents an opportunity for countries willing to redefine their security system, but also comes with a number of political, strategic and technical challenges from a national point of view.

For more information on the Tool 4 : Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 1: Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

Tool 2: Security Sector Reform Programming

Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

This publication is also available in  français  and  português.

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Security Sector Reform and Gender (Tool 1)

The tool includes:

- An introduction to SSR and gender 
- The rationale for why integrating gender issues strengthens SSR processes
- Practical ways of integrating gender into SSR policy and programme cycles
- An overview of specific gender and SSR issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts.

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Tool 1 : Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

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Tool 1 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa by DCAF addresses political will and national ownership, fundamental requirements of SSR processes.

Without the strong political commitment of national authorities, SSR will fail, regardless of the material resources and technical expertise invested into it. SSR must be home-grown, designed to meet country-specific needs, and led by national stakeholders who take full responsibility for it. For SSR to produce sustainable results, it is also essential to ensure the active involvement of a critical mass of citizens - men and women - from all strata of society in the definition and implementation of a reform agenda that reflects a shared vision of security. Unless it relies on an inclusively defined and widely shared vision of security, SSR cannot succeed.

Acknowledging the challenges that may arise in the process of operationalising these principles, Tool 1 offers practical guidance on how to reinforce national ownership and leadership while defining an inclusive, national vision of security as a basis for a security sector reform. It provides an overview of potential entry points for SSR in the broader framework of national governance in a West African setting. It also suggests how to institutionalise the national leadership and coordination of an SSR process, including through strategic communication.

The Tool is primarily intended for policy and other strategic decision makers, government officials involved in security sector governance, national SSR advisers and practitioners. It will also provide members of parliament, other oversight institutions, civil society organisations and development partners with an overview of the responsibilities of the executive in SSR and how to uphold national ownership throughout the process.

For more information on the tool Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 2: Security Sector Reform Programming

Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

The publication is also available in français and português.

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Sample Lesson Plans for Teaching Gender to the Military

Three lesson plans for teaching gender to the military developed by experts on military education, gender training for the military and integrating gender in military operations developed at the 17th meeting of the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, hosted in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 12 to 14 December 2012 in collaboration with the Education Development Working Group and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

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Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Security Sector Reform (Tool 13)

This tool is intended for use by policymakers, NGOs and international actors supporting SSR and/or the design and implementation of SCR 1325 National Action Plans. The focus of the Tool is national-level implementation of the standards set by the four United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security (SCRs 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) in security sector institutions.

Reflecting the text of the resolutions, the Tool focuses on reforms in the defence forces, police and the justice sector. Issues examined include: DDR, vetting, specialised services for victims of sexual violence, prosecution of violence against women in armed conflict, measures to increase women’s leadership in police and defence organisations and to promote deployment of women in peacekeeping, peacekeepers’ training , operational strategies to prevent sexual violence, and gender justice. The Tool will also examine progress made in promoting the participation of women in security decision-making, and in integrating Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 in national security policy-making, including through national action plans.

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Justice Reform and Gender (Tool 4)

This tool focuses on the institutional reform of the judiciary, law reform and access to justice, with specific emphasis on gender equality. It examines justice reform within the broad and often overlapping contexts of post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed countries. Any justice reform effort is highly context-specific, and no one-fits-all template can be applied to a reform process. The tool provides suggestions and recommendations that can be adapted to the specific reform context within which you are working.The tool includes:

- An introduction to justice reform
- The rationale for why integrating gender strengthens justice reform processes
- Practical actions to integrate gender into justice reform initiatives
- An overview of particular gender and justice reform issues in post-conflict, transitional, developing and developed country contexts

For full access to this tool, Justice Reform and Gender, and other DCAF tools, kindly follow the link. 

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Security Sector Reform Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Gender (Tool 11)

This tool explores two dimensions of gender-responsive assessments, monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

First, the tool looks at existing SSR assessment frameworks, monitoring and evaluation strategies, and how to include a gender perspective in the different tools and approaches.

The tool also discusses gender mainstreaming initiatives in security sector institutions, including how to conduct a gender audit and M&E of gender mainstreaming. Inclusive and participatory processes of data gathering; interdepartmental cooperation and coordination; the collection and use of data disaggregated by sex, age and ethnicity; gender-responsive results-based management; gender-sensitive indicators; and focus group interviews are tools and methods presented and discussed in this publication.

The tool includes:

- An introduction to assessment, monitoring and evaluation 
- The rationale behind the inclusion of gender issues and ways in which this can strengthen and enhance assessment, M&E 
- Entry points for incorporating gender into SSR assessment, M&E
- How to conduct gender audits of security sector institutions, as well as monitor and evaluate the impact of gender mainstreaming initiatives

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Ferramenta 1 : Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

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Esta ferramenta 1 « Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança », parte da « Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental », fornece orientações práticas para as autoridades nacionais da África Ocidental sobre como abordar a RSS de uma forma que demonstre liderança e garanta uma apropriação nacional inclusiva. Ressalva a importância da vontade política na formulação de políticas relacionadas com o sector de segurança, a necessidade de envolver actores não-estatais não só na fase inicial, mas também durante todo o processo de reforma, e a necessidade de articular a RSS com outras políticas e reformas à escala nacional. A ferramenta também se debruça sobre o papel desempenhado pela CEDEAO, que apoia os estados-membros na construção de processos de reforma endógenos. Aborda igualmente os desafios práticos que as autoridades nacionais poderão vir a enfrentar na concepção e implementação de processos de RSS, propondo também soluções para enfrentá-los.

A ferramenta pretende ser um recurso para os responsáveis pela tomada de decisões estratégicas, funcionários governamentais, consultores nacionais e outros profissionais de RSS. Também disponibilizará aos membros do parlamento, a outras instituições de supervisão, às organizações da sociedade civil (OSC) e aos parceiros de desenvolvimento uma visão geral das responsabilidades que o poder executivo tem na RSS e sobre como garantir a apropriação nacional ao longo do processo.

Para maiores informações sobre a Ferramenta 1 : Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança, siga o link para o website do DCAF.

Por favor, siga o link para ter acesso às outros documentos da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental: 

Ferramenta 2 : Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Esta é a versão em Português da publicação. It is also available in English et disponible en français.

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Tool 2 : Security Sector Reform Programming

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The conduct of an SSR process requires translating a political, national vision of security into an operational programme and defining the different concrete actions needed to generate the desired societal change and improve security for all. SSR programming provides tools both to determine the nature of the change sought in the functioning of the security sector and to plan implementation in a structured manner that is measurable over time.

Tool 2 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa addresses the successive programming steps that enable the development and rolling out of a context-relevant SSR programme. These steps range from an initial needs assessment to the setting up of coordination mechanisms aimed at ensuring overall coherence of national SSR efforts. The Tool offers practical advice for prioritising and sequencing reform actions, budgeting the programme and mobilising the resources necessary for its implementation, establishing viable and efficient management mechanisms, coordinating national and international actors involved in the implementation of the programme and developing a communication strategy to support transparency and sustain national ownership.

For more information on Tool 2 : Security Sector Reform Programming, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 1: Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

This publication is also available in français and português.

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Gender Training for Security Sector Personnel – good practices and lessons learned (Tool 12)

This tool is designed to provide a basic introduction to SSR and gender issues for the staff of national governments (including in donor countries), security sector institutions, and regional and international organisations, responsible for the development of SSR policy and programming. Civil society organisations, academics and researchers working on gender and security matters will also find it useful.

The tool includes:

- An introduction to gender training for security sector personnel 
- Practical tips and examples of good practices in gender training for security sector personnel
- Entry points for incorporating gender into training for security sector personnel

See this page for more information on The GSSR Toolkit and the full range of "Tools" and "Practice Notes."

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Training Resources on Security Sector Reform and Gender

The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is a series of practical training materials to help trainers integrate gender in SSR training, and deliver effective gender training to SSR audiences.
 
It is designed for SSR trainers and educators, and gender trainers working with the security sector, to help you present material on gender and SSR in an interesting and interactive manner. The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package contains a wide range of exercises, discussion topics and examples from the ground that you can adapt and integrate into your SSR or gender training.
 
 A gender-responsive SSR process seeks to:

» address the different security needs and priorities of women and men
» confront gender-based violence against men and women, boys and girls
» promote the equal participation of men and women in decision-making within the security sector
» create security sector institutions that are representative of society at large—and thus are more trusted and effective
» ensure comprehensive and effective security sector oversight
» establish SSR that is locally-owned and sensitive to the needs of all parts of the community
» comply with international and regional laws, instruments and norms concerning security and gender, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820

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Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

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Tool 6 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa addresses the gaps in knowledge and skills that hinder the involvement of West African civil society actors in public oversight of the security sector and provides CSOs of the region with practical advice and guidance on how to strengthen their capacity for action and optimise the impact of their contributions to SSR and SSG.

Representative and credible civil society organisations (CSOs) are integral stakeholders in the democratic governance of the security sector. They can contribute by influencing security policy so that it better reflects the security needs of men, women, boys and girls; informing the people about security-related matters, and the role and rights of citizens; supporting constructive relations between security institutions and civilians; supporting public institutions with specialised expertise, etc. However, civil society actors are sometimes unaware of their role, lack the tools and skills to fully engage in this field or struggle to identify entry points. Their potential contribution is therefore often underexploited.

For more information on the Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 1: Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

Tool 2: Security Sector Reform Programming

Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

The publication is also available in français and português.

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Ferramenta 8: Integração do Género na Governação e Reforma do Sector da Segurança

A igualdade de género é uma norma internacional que estipula o direito igual de mulheres e homens a aceder a serviços, oportunidades e recursos, independentemente do seu género ou do sexo com que nasceram. No contexto do sector da segurança, tal significa que homens e mulheres devem ter iguais oportunidades para participar na liderança, provisão, gestão e supervisão da segurança em todos os níveis. Significa também que as diferentes necessidades de segurança das mulheres, homens, raparigas e rapazes devem ser reconhecidas e supridas de igual forma para que seja possível alcançar a segurança humana.

Apesar de a CEDEAO recomenda que as necessidades específicas de segurança e justiça dos homens, mulheres, rapazes e raparigas sejam totalmente integradas em todos os processos da reforma do sector da segurança e mecanismos de governação, a transição da teoria para a prática é frequentemente um desafio.

Reconhecendo este desafio, a Ferramenta 8 da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental foi criada para providenciar orientações básicas a profissionais para conseguirem incorporar de forma mais eficaz os objectivos e princípios da igualdade de género nos seus respectivos níveis. Tendo em conta a amplitude do tema, a ferramenta foca-se na identificação de pontos de entrada eficazes, através dos quais diversos intervenientes (tais como organismos de coordenação e equipas de programação de RSS, parlamentos, ministérios, instituições de segurança individuais e organizações da sociedade civil) podem começar a integrar a igualdade de género como um princípio orientador e um objectivo no seu próprio trabalho e mandato.

Por favor, siga o link para ter acesso às outros documentos da Caixa de Ferramentas para a Reforma e Governação do Sector de Segurança na África Ocidental

Ferramenta 1 : Liderança Política e Apropriação Nacional dos Processos da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 2 : Programação da Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 4 : Gestão Eficaz do Apoio Externo à Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Ferramenta 6 : Envolvimento da Sociedade Civil na Governação e Reforma do Sector de Segurança

Esta é a versão em Português da publicação. It is also available in English.

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Les 10 meilleurs conseils

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Cette série rassemble les conseils de l'ISSAT sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité  afin d’aider les praticiens de la RSS dans leur travail.

  • Comment être un bon conseiller en RSS en travaillant avec des acteurs nationaux?
  • Dix conseils permettant d’aborder la corruption
  • Dix recommandations pour mieux aborder la problématique de corruption avec des acteurs nationaux et locaux
  • Dix recommandations relatives au contrôle interne des services de police
  • Pour une meilleure coordination entre donateurs internationaux: dix recommandations
  • à l’intention du personnel de RSS déployé sur le terrain
  • Dix recommandations pour la mise en place d’un système pénal
  • Dix recommandations pour mieux appliquer théorie du changement à la RSS
  • RSS: dix recommandations pour renforcer l’engagement politique
  • RSS: dix recommandations prioritaires pour des programmes durables
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Guide pour les femmes sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité: programme de formation

Ce programme de formation développe les connaissances théoriques et pratiques de femmes issues de la société civile afin qu’elles puissent participer à la réforme du secteur de la sécurité et mener des activités de plaidoyer en rapport avec le secteur de la sécurité. Il accompagne le Guide pour les femmes sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité publié en 2013 par le DCAF et Inclusive Security.

Ce programme de formation aborde les concepts de la sécurité, du secteur de la sécurité, de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité, du genre et de l’égalité des genres, ainsi que les relations entre eux. Il développe les compétences en matière de planification, de recherche, de création de coalitions, d’élaboration de recommandations et de plaidoyer concernant le secteur de la sécurité, mais aussi en matière de suivi et d’évaluation de ces activités. Le but de ce programme est d’aider les femmes en leur donnant les moyens et la capacité de participer aux dialogues et à la prise des décisions afin de créer un secteur de la sécurité plus efficace et plus responsable.

Afin de consulter l'outil, Guide pour les femmes sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité: programme de formation, veuillez cliquer sur le lien suivant. 

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Gender & Security Sector Reform Toolkit

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly prioritised by governments, and on the agenda of international development, peace and security communities. SSR opens a window of possibility to transform security policies, institutions and programmes, creating opportunities to integrate gender issues.

The integration of gender issues is being recognised as a key to operational effectiveness, local ownership and strengthened oversight. For example, increasing the recruitment of female staff, preventing human rights violations, and collaborating with women'€s organisations contribute to creating an efficient, accountable and participatory security sector, which responds to the specific needs of men, women, girls and boys.

Despite this recognition of the importance of integrating gender issues in SSR, there has been a lack of resources on the topic. This Toolkit is an initial response to the need for information and analysis on gender and SSR. It is designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with a practical introduction to why gender issues are important in SSR and what can be done to integrate them.

Each SSR context is unique. As such, the strategies and recommendations provided in the Toolkit may not always be directly applicable, and should always be adapted to the local context.

For more information on the Gender & Security Sector Reform Toolkit, please follow the link provided.

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Palestinian Women and Security

This report presents the perspectives of Palestinian women and girls on issues related to security as well as their assessment of the services provided by local authorities and/ or the international community to address their security needs. It concludes with a series of recommendations made by Palestinian women and girls for improving these services.

The findings of this report are based on focus group discussions and in-depth interviews conducted by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) with Palestinian women and girls between June and November 2009 in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. DCAF hopes that the report’s findings will encourage stakeholders to integrate the perspectives of women and girls into the national security debate within the Palestinian Territories.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Executive Summary

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Background

Methodology

Maps of the Palestinian Territories

Findings

Military and Political Violence

Perceptions of Insecurity in the Public Sphere

Perceptions of Insecurity in the Home

Perceptions of the Response Mechanisms

The Recommendations of Women and Girls

Conclusion

Annexes

Annex 1: Focus Group Discussions: Questioning Route

Annex 2: Selection of Organisations Offering Services to Palestinian Women

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Security Sector Transformation in Africa

The eighth edition in DCAF’s Yearly Book series examines theconceptual and operational dimensions of Security Sector Transformation inAfrica. African knowledge and experience has contributed much to theevolution of the security sector reform (SSR) concept while Africa continuesto be the main arena for SSR programmes. Consequently, over the years,DCAF has actively sought to expand its knowledge base, policy researchfocus and operational activities on African security sector reform andgovernance issues. For these reasons it is therefore particularly appropriatethat DCAF focuses on this subject in 2010 – the 10th anniversary of thecreation of the DCAF foundation.

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Security Sector Governance in Southern Caucasus – Challenges and Visions

This publication is the result of the first of two joint workshops between the two tracks with the participation of the PfP-C Security Sector Reform Working Group and the Regional Stability South Caucasus Study Group. The meeting took place in November 2003 in Reichenau, Austria, hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Defense (represented by the National Defense Academy and the Bureau for Security Policy). It reflects the excellent possibilities and opportunities the Consortium provides for interdisciplinary, comparative and crosscountry studies. It shows how unconventional ideas and new initiatives can be tested without immediately having major political impacts. This is what makes the PfP Consortium so unique and deserves our support and attention.

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Security Sector Reform Missions under CSDP: Addressing Current Needs

As part of a new series in a joint ISIS DCAF project, "Communicate, Coordinate and Cooperate: the A-Z of Cohering EU Crisis Management in the post-Lisbon Era", this first paper highlights some major operational challenges that hinder Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission planners and field personnel from effectively implementing security sector reform (SSR) missions. Member States have launched thirteen SSR missions without mustering the political will to supply sufficient adequately-trained personnel, money and equipment.

Member States must decide on whether or not they want the EU to become a viable international actor in the field of SSR. If so, they must clearly prioritise future CSDP missions in order not to waste scarce resources through mere flag raising exercises. Therefore, and in addition to addressing the operational needs mentioned above, the EU needs to agree on an SSR strategy in the EAS which would clarify the concrete criteria for intervention as well as objectives to be achieved in the framework of SSR-related CSDP missions.

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Poster Boys No More

Gender analysis of actual SSR processes is sorely lacking in the SSR literature. In ‘Poster Boys No More: Gender and Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste’ Henri Myrttinen breaks new ground in examining the gender dimensions of the DDR and SSR processes in Timor-Leste, with a focus on the establishment of the police and armed forces. The paper explores issues such as: how men’s roles relate to gang violence and relationships of patronage that undermine the security services, how women have been incorporated into the new security services and how the security services are addressing gender-based violence. It shows how a gender perspective can add to our understanding of many of the social processes at work in Timor-Leste and help to find solutions to some of the main security issues in the country, making recommendations for Timor-Leste’s ongoing SSR processes.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Background to the DDR/SSR Process

3. Gender Roles in Timor-Leste 
3.1 Women and girls
3.2 Men and boys

4. Violence, Insecurity and Gender 
4.1 Masculinities and the legitimacy of violence 
4.2 Patrons and clients 
4.3 Gender-based violence

5. FALINTIL-Forças de Defesa de Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) 
5.1 Structure 
5.2 Recruitment and training 
5.3 Internal tensions and external problems

6. Policía Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) 
6.1 Structure 
6.2 Recruitment and training 
6.3 GBV and the Vulnerable Persons Units 
6.4 Internal and external problems of the PNTL

7. The 2006 Crisis 
7.1 Overview of events 
7.2 Aftermath of the crisis

8. Overview of Post-2006 SSR Developments 
8.1 The F-FDTL 
8.2 The PNTL 
8.3 The SSR process

9. Analysis and Policy Recommendations

Appendix 1. Timeline of key events from 1974-2009

Appendix 2. Overview of UN Missions in Timor-Leste 1999-2009

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Security Sector Responses to Trafficking in Human Beings

In recent years trafficking in human beings has become an issue of increasingconcern to European states. Trafficking in human beings is understood as ahuman rights issue, a violation of labour and migration laws, and as underminingnational and international security through its links to organised crime andcorruption.

United Nations agencies, the European Union, the Council of Europe and theOrganisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, amongst others, makeimportant contributions to coordinating the fight against human trafficking.However, there remain significant deficits in concrete information sharing andcooperation between the security agencies of different states necessary to achieve success. In many countries, cooperation among local security sector actors, other state agencies and non governmental organisations has improved. However, ensuring that the human rights of trafficking victims are protected requires more substantial training and specialised operational procedures within the security sector.

This paper brings a governance analysis to security sector responses to humantrafficking. It focuses on security governance approaches concerningcriminalisation and harmonisation of laws, prosecution of traffickers, protectionof trafficked persons, prevention in countries of origin and prevention incountries of destination. The authors identify key shortcomings in current securityresponses to human trafficking, and make recommendations to states with aparticular focus on national and international coordination and the prevention ofhuman trafficking.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Nature and Scope of Trafficking in Human Beings
2.1. Key concepts
2.2. Overview of Global Patterns in Human Trafficking
2.3. Overview of Patterns in Human Trafficking in Europe
2.4. Both Organised Crime and Violation of Human Rights

3. A Security Governance Analysis of Responses toTrafficking in Human Beings

4. Improving Security Sector Responses to Traffickingin Human Beings
4.1. Legal measures
4.2. Prosecution
4.3. Protection
4.4. Prevention in Countries of Origin
4.5. Prevention in Countries of Destination

5. Conclusions

Appendix

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Security Sector Responses to Trafficking in Human Beings

In recent years trafficking in human beings has become an issue of increasingconcern to European states. Trafficking in human beings is understood as ahuman rights issue, a violation of labour and migration laws, and as underminingnational and international security through its links to organised crime andcorruption.

United Nations agencies, the European Union, the Council of Europe and theOrganisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, amongst others, makeimportant contributions to coordinating the fight against human trafficking.However, there remain significant deficits in concrete information sharing andcooperation between the security agencies of different states necessary to achieve success. In many countries, cooperation among local security sector actors, other state agencies and non governmental organisations has improved. However, ensuring that the human rights of trafficking victims are protected requires more substantial training and specialised operational procedures within the security sector.

This paper brings a governance analysis to security sector responses to humantrafficking. It focuses on security governance approaches concerningcriminalisation and harmonisation of laws, prosecution of traffickers, protectionof trafficked persons, prevention in countries of origin and prevention incountries of destination. The authors identify key shortcomings in current securityresponses to human trafficking, and make recommendations to states with aparticular focus on national and international coordination and the prevention ofhuman trafficking.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Nature and Scope of Trafficking in Human Beings
2.1. Key concepts
2.2. Overview of Global Patterns in Human Trafficking
2.3. Overview of Patterns in Human Trafficking in Europe
2.4. Both Organised Crime and Violation of Human Rights

3. A Security Governance Analysis of Responses toTrafficking in Human Beings

4. Improving Security Sector Responses to Traffickingin Human Beings
4.1. Legal measures
4.2. Prosecution
4.3. Protection
4.4. Prevention in Countries of Origin
4.5. Prevention in Countries of Destination

5. Conclusions

Appendix

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Integrating Gender in Post-Conflict Security Sector Reform

The importance of security sector reform (SSR) has increasingly been emphasizedin international engagement with post-conflict countries. Many governments and UN and donor agencies have emphasized women’s participation and efforts to achieve gender equality as crucial elements of post-conflict reconstruction. In 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on ‘Women, peace and security4, highlighting the interdependence of postconflict gender equality, peacebuilding and security. Women are acknowledged as playing important roles in peacebuilding and in sustaining security on a communal level. Gender inequality is understood to inhibit development and violence against women to be a pervasive form of insecurity with widespread ill-effects across society. There is also growing awareness of the need to address the particular experiences of men and boys, both as victims and as sources of insecurity.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Gender and security sector reform
2.1 Gender and security
2.2 Gender and (in)security in post-conflict settings
2.3 Principles for integrating gender in security sector reform

3. Gender mainstreaming and promoting women’s participation in post-conflict security sector reform
3.1 Gender mainstreaming in security sector reform
3.2 The challenge of women’s participation in security sectorreform
3.3 Women’s civil society groups in security sector reform
3.4 Women parliamentarians in security sector reform

4. Securing women’s full and equal participation in post-conflictsecurity situations
4.1 The challenge of women’s participation in security services
4.2 Women’s participation within post-confl ict security services

5. Gender and specifi c post-conflict security sector reform issues
5.1 Integrating gender in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration
5.2 Integrating gender in transitional justice and justice reform

6. Conclusions

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Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action - Ten Years of Security Council Resolution 1325

This publication summarizes the proceedings of the seminar entitled “Women, Peace, and Security:From Resolution to Action. Ten years of Security Council Resolution 1325”, held in Geneva on 15 September 2010. Convened jointly by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the seminar is part of an ongoing series of joint events hosted by DCAF and UNOG since 2003, addressing various aspects of security governance.

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Mapping Study on Gender and Security Sector Reform Actors and Activities in Liberia

DCAF conducted a mapping study on Gender and Security Sector Reform Actors and Activities in Liberia from November 2010 to March 2011. The mapping study was undertaken by an independent consultant, Mr Cecil Griffiths from the Liberian National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA). This research was made possible thanks to the cooperation of most gender and SSR actors in Liberia including the Ministry of Gender and Development (MoGD), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Civil Society Organization Working Group on Security Sector Reform.

This project aimed to complement existing information on gender and SSR issues in Liberia and to reinforce information-sharing and coordination between actors.

On 31 March 2011, LINLEA and DCAF organised a workshop in Monrovia to complete and validate the findings of the study. In addition to validating the findings of the study, the participants made key recommendations related to gender and training, policy development, programmes and activities. The report was launched in Monrovia on 23 September 2011.

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PfP Consortium Workshop on Gender & Security Sector Reform

The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group held a workshop entitled “Gender & Security Sector Reform” from 17 to 19 February 2010. The workshop, hosted by DCAF, was an opportunity for thirty-six practitioners, researchers and policy advisors from sixteen NATO and PfP countries to discuss and exchange on ongoing efforts and challenges to integrating a gender perspective into SSR. The workshop focused on best practices and examples from the ground in both national and international security sector institutions, including NATO peace support operations, ministries of defence, and armed forces.

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International Intervention and the Use of Force: Military and Police Roles

Intervening states apply different approaches to the use force in war-torn countries. Calibrating the use of force according to the situation on the ground requires a convergence of military and police roles: soldiers have to be able to scale down, and police officers to scale up their use of force. In practice, intervening states display widely differing abilities to demonstrate such versatility. This paper argues that these differences are shaped by how the domestic institutions of sending states mediate between demands for versatile force and their own intervention practices. It considers the use of force by Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in three contexts of international intervention: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The paper highlights quite different responses to security problems as varied as insurgency, terrorism, organised crime and riots. This analysis offers important lessons. Those planning and implementing international interventions should take into account differences in the use of force. At the same time, moving towards versatile force profoundly changes the characteristics of security forces and may increase their short-term risks. This difficulty points to a key message emerging from this paper: effective, sustainable support to states emerging from conflict will only be feasible if intervening states reform their own security policies and practices.

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Security Sector Reform under CSDP: Addressing Current Needs

This study focuses on EU support to SSR in the form of CSDP missions, analysing recent developments in the EU's internal set-up, capacities and training arrangements for mission personnel. It is based on interviews with mission personnel, Brussels-based officials and secondary sources.

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Consolidating the Security Sector in Post-Conflict States: Polish Lessons from Iraq

This chapter examines the security sector reform in Iraq after the end of major combat operations in April 2003. The author discusses the Polish contribution to stabilization and reconstruction as member of the US-led 'coalition of the willing.' He draws the conclusion that an augmentation of NATO capabilities in post-conflict reconstruction, particularly security sector reform, would enable it to better face the challenges of the strategic environment in Iraq.

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Parliamentary Powers in Security Sector Governance

This publication contains two sections: First, an introductory text on parliamentary oversight with the aim to help parliamentarians and non-parliamentarians alike to understand what the powers of an ambitious, competent and well-prepared parliament and its committees can be and what good they can do. Secondly, the publication contains a ‘self-assessment’ kit that helps parliamentary and non-parliamentary security and governance experts understand where their parliament stands and what further improvements could be made in the light of ‘best practices’.

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Security Sector Development and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

The fourth in the series of NATO-PA – DCAF public conferences highlighting and the discussing the principal challenges to the transatlantic security agenda focused on the dual prerogatives of security sector reform and establishing the rule of law in Afghanistan. Afghanistan remains of paramount importance for allies on both sides of the Atlantic, and for the international community as a whole. At NATO’s Bucharest summit at the beginning of April 2008, all major international actors reaffirmed their commitment to the Afghan people, yet much remains to be done to provide the conditions for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan, not least to create local ownership of security problems.

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Security Sector Reform in Central Asia

This report intends to show the latest developments in security sector reform (SSR) legislation in four Central Asian states. Kazakhstan’s open sources offer the most comprehensive overview of the latest legislation adopted between 2005 and 2011. Kyrgyzstan’s resources are accessible as well, but following the violent regime change in April and the ethnic violence in June 2010, the Parliament and government have started revising many of the laws related to the Interior Ministry and Judicial sector. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have only few pieces of legislation available to the public. The report does not analyse whether changes in the law translated into more democratic and more open control over the military.

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Les Archives de la Police Politique: Un Défi Pour la Transition Démocratique?

En partenariat avec le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées - Genève (DCAF), l’association tunisienne « Le Labo’ Démocratique » a organisé les 12 et 13 novembre 2011 à Tunis une conférence sur la question de la gestion des archives de la police politique en Tunisie. Cette conférence a été l’occasion d’un débat instructif introduit par des communications sur les expériences vécues par d’autres pays en la matière, ainsi que la projection d’un documentaire inédit sur les méthodes de la police politique tunisienne.

Site web de la conférence : http://projetpolicepolitique.wordpress.com/

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Summary Report: Integrating Human Security into National Security Policies in North-West Africa

The first ever regional conference on “Integrating Human Security into National Security Policies in North-West Africa” was hosted in Rabat 23-24 November 2010 by the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Studies (CEDHD) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), with the support of Switzerland. The conference brought together a large number of high-ranking representatives from North-West Africa and the Sahel region (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal) as well as a number of international experts. This was the first event of its kind to consider the development and implementation of national security policy from the regional perspective of North-West Africa.

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DCAF Background Paper on National Security Policy

This DCAF backgrounder provides an introduction to the concept of national security policy. The paper explains why states need a national security policy, what the legal basis for such policies is, and how they are structured, formulated, and implemented. The backgrounder concludes with an overview of the main principles necessary for an effective and democratic national security policy.

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Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal

Under the aegis of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) DCAF undertook three case studies in Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal each of which was prepared by country experts. Each study seeks to identify and facilitate the exchange of good practices and experiences between the states concerned, as well as among similar institutions around the world. Each study examines relevant national institutions, as well as their legal status, shedding light on their strengths and weaknesses and contributing to an evaluation of their capacity building needs. Each study also includes details of their complaints handling procedures and of standards that may be relevant to other similar institutions, contributing as a result to a deepened understanding of their mandates, remit, and functioning. Furthermore, these case studies provide a snapshot of the state of security sector governance in each of the three countries, as well as the progress of ongoing reforms.

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Report of the Liberia National Dialogue on Security Sector Reform

The National Dialogue, co-hosted by the Liberian Transitional Government and UNMIL, brings together all statutory security agencies of Liberia to help address the critical problem of Security Reform, which is attributed to the main causes of the Liberian conflict. This report summarizes the discussions that took place among these stakeholders

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Gender and Security Sector Reform in Serbia

The report, co-drafted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (formerly known as the Centre for Civil-Military Relations) and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence with the support of DCAF, presents the findings of the needs assessment on gender and SSR in Serbia.

It:
• Generates a detailed baseline for the current state of gender mainstreaming in security sector institutions at the central, provincial and municipal level;
• Identifies local needs, gaps and shortcomings of current SSR processes, and prioritizes needs which should be addressed by national authorities and civil society, with the support of the international donor community, including DCAF’s gender and SSR project.

The needs assessment is built on desk research, interviews, and a series of local stakeholder consultations conducted in Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Novi Pazar, Bujanovac and Belgrade in the course of March and April 2010. It forms the building block of DCAFs dedicated and long term gender and SSR project in Serbia.

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Enhancing Security Sector Governance in the Pacific Region

Security institutions in the Pacific region have a special responsibility in society to support democracy and human rights and to protect citizens from harm. This publication focuses on the need for a new strategic framework in the Pacific, which will complement existing reform and capacity building efforts of police, military, and customs and immigration agencies and will result in greater accountability and legitimacy of security institutions.

To view this publication, please follow this link.

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A Framework for Conducting Annual Community Safety Audits: an In-House Methodology for Police Departments

This paper proposes a framework by which police departments can undertake in-house, annual community safety audits. This methodology proposes a twelve-month, iterative process, which commences with the police department triangulating (a) a range of routinely-collected police data, (b) the findings of an audit of local fear generators, and (c) the results of a community safety survey. Utilizing a problem-oriented policing framework, the output from this community safety audit would enable subsequent policing activity to target the greatest sources of community safety concern. By implementing this process on an annual basis, police would have a sustainable, reliable strategy for monitoring community safety variations over time and for staying in touch with the concerns of their local community.

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Dealing with the Past in Security Sector Reform

Security sector reform (SSR) and transitional justice processes often occur alongside each other in societies emerging from conflict or authoritarian rule, involve many of the same actors, are supported by some of the same partner countries and impact on each other. Yet the relationship between SSR and transitional justice, or “dealing with the past” (DwP) as it is also called, remains underexplored and is often marked by ignorance and resistance. While SSR and transitional justice processes can get into each other’s way, this paper argues that SSR and DwP are intrinsically linked and can complement each other. SSR can make for better transitional justice and vice versa. Transitional justice needs SSR to prevent a recurrence of abuses, an essential element of justice. SSR can learn from transitional justice not only that it is better to deal with rather than ignore an abusive past but also how to address an abusive legacy in the security sector. The validity of these assumptions is tested in two case studies: the police reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina after 1995 and the SSR process in Nepal after 2006.

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The Paradox of Gendarmeries: Between Expansion, Demilitarization and Dissolution

This paper describes and explains the evolution of gendarmerie-type forces, i.e. police forces with a military status, over the past three decades. It focuses on their institutional features and functions, including material and human resources, and uses case studies from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa to illustrate these characteristics in different contexts. The overall development of gendarmeries has been a somewhat paradoxical one. On the one hand, most of these forces have witnessed a considerable expansion, and come to assume an increasingly prominent role in addressing many of the currently most important security challenges, ranging from border control and counterterrorism to public order tasks in international peace operations. On the other hand, there has also been a trend towards the demilitarization of gendarmeries, which in some European countries has ultimately led to their dissolution and integration into the civilian police. The paper suggests an explanation of these seemingly contradictory developments with reference to two broad – and at least partly opposing – trends: the convergence of internal and external security agendas, which to a large extent is a post-Cold War phenomenon; and the demilitarization of internal security, which is a more long-term historical trend and part of the more general democratization process. Based on this analysis, the paper predicts that in the long run gendarmeries are likely to be further demilitarized, eventually losing their formal military status, although in the context of international peace operations militarized gendarmerie forces are expected to play an increasingly significant part.

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The "Democratic Soldier": Comparing Concepts and Practices in Europe

Since the end of the Cold War almost all European countries have reformed their armed forces, focusing on downsizing, internationalization and professionalization. This paper examines how these changes in security sector governance have affected the normative model underlying the military’s relationship to democracy, using the image of the “democratic soldier”. Drawing on a comparative analysis of 12 post-socialist, traditional and consolidated democracies in Europe, the different dimensions of the national conception of soldiering are analysed based on the official norms that define a country’s military and the ways in which individual members of the armed forces see their role. Cases converge around the new idea of professional soldiering as a merging of civilian skills with military virtues in the context of the military’s new post-Cold War missions. Yet despite this convergence, research also shows that specific aspects of national traditions and context continue to influence the actual practice of soldiering in each case. The contradictions that result between these old and new visions of the role of the military and the soldier illustrate the tensions that exist between political goals and defence reform dynamics.

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Auto-évaluation des capacités parlementaires et des besoins législatifs au Burkina Faso

This report (in French) is a self-evaluation workshop report on parliamentary oversight of the security sector with the National Assembly of Burkina Faso. In June 2013, DCAF and the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) organised a three-day workshop where parliamentarians and staffers from the Burkinabe National Assembly assessed their capacities and the legislative need in view of strengthening parliamentary oversight of the security sector. The parliamentarians who participated in the workshop were members of the committee specifically responsible for matters relating to security.

 

The workshop report highlights self-identified opportunities and challenges in the fulfillment of the committee’s mandate on oversight of the security sector by the Assembly. Challenges include the reluctance of the institution to assume such a role, the taboo surrounding security questions and the lack of technical knowledge of the parliamentarians. The report also summarises concrete recommendations made by the participants to overcome these challenges and reinforce the oversight role of the National Assembly.

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Reforma e Governação do Setor de Segurança na África ocidental: Dos Conceitos à Realidade

À luz da rápida mutação e evolução da situação de segurança na África Ocidental, este artigo analisa as políticas da CEDEAO relativas à SSR e destaca os desafios de implementação das normas estabelecidas.  Avalia ainda o apoio concreto prestado pela CEDEAO aos processos de SSR na região, tanto do seu envolvimento como parceiro, ou como ator principal; enumera os desafios a superar e as oportunidades a aproveitar pela CEDEAO, no que concerne ao seu apoio à SSR; e apresenta recomendações aos principais interessados sobre a forma como um Quadro Regional para a Reforma e Governação do Setor da Segurança poderá servir de plataforma de apoio à SSR, e de ferramenta para a prevenção de conflitos e desenvolvimento sustentável.

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Judicial Benchbook: Considerations for Domestic Violence Case Evaluation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Domestic violence constitutes one of the most complicated and difficult socio-criminal issues confronted by judiciaries and criminal justice communities the world over, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The purpose of the Judicial Benchbook is to improve the judicial response to domestic violence and increase the consistency of judicial practice in cases of domestic violence in BiH.

The Benchbook was developed over a nine month period by a panel of nine judges from across BiH. The recommendations were later reviewed by BiH legal scholars and practitioners as well as the institutions responsible for providing continuing education to judges and prosecutors in BiH. The Benchbook represents the first of its kind in BiH – a resource on domestic violence developed by judges for judges. While the Benchbook is tailored for the specific legal context of BiH, the recommendations are appropriate for a wider context. As well, the methodology used to develop the Benchbook can serve as a model for similar work in other locations.

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Contrôle et Orientation – La Pertinence du Contrôle Parlementaire pour le Secteur de la Sécurité

Ce volume est une version actualisée du Vademecum de l’Assemblée parlementaire de l’OTAN et du DCAF sur le contrôle et l’orientation du secteur de la sécurité. Comme dans sa première édition, publiée en 2003, ce volume cherche à présenter une information de fond sur le contrôle et l’orientation parlementaire du secteur de la sécurité, en mettant un accent particulier sur les affaires de défense, ainsi que des documents mis au point et agréés par l’Assemblée parlementaire de l’OTAN (APO) qui mettent en valeur le status quaestionis dans cette enceinte et au sein de la communauté euro atlantique élargie.

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Female Staff Associations in the Security Sector: Agents of Change?

In most security sector institutions, women constitute a small minority of the personnel. Unwelcoming working environments discourage recruitment and retention of women, and thus create a vicious circle that perpetuates their minority status. At the same time, female security sector staff associations have multiplied, promoting networking and offering mutual support among members. Many of these associations have expanded their mandate to activities reaching beyond their members’ welfare.

This occasional paper examines the structures, mandates and activities of a sampling of female staff associations and networks in the security sector, analyses whether and how they meet members’ needs, and gauges the effect or influence they have had on changing policies and practices in their institutions and in the communities they serve. Research for this paper focused on 67 international, national, regional, and local female security sector associations and networks in the military, police, corrections, justice system, fire and emergency services, immigration services, and in national security bodies and private security companies from around the world. An annex to the paper provides more information on the associations studied.

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Building Integrity in Defence

This Parliamentary Brief provides practitioners with a concise introduction in to the main concepts, strategies, and good practices in building integrity and dealing with corruption risks in the defence establishment. It looks at:

  • Why is Corruption in Defence an Important Issue for Members of Parliaments?
  • Why is the Defence Sector Prone to Corruption?
  • What Should a Member of Parliament know about Defence Spending Categories?
  • Corruption Risks in Personnel Management
  • Corruption Risks in Operations & Maintenance
  • Corruption Risks in Defence Procurement
  • Corruption Risks in Offset Arrangements
  • Corruption Risks in Defence Conversion
  • Who has a Role in Building Integrity?
  • What are the International Norms and Best Practices in Building Integrity in Defence?
  • What Independent Resources are Available on the Defence Budgeting Process?
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Understanding Shifts in Egyptian Civil-Military Relations: Lessons from the Past and Present

Understanding power and influence shifts in Egypt’s civil-military relations requires an analysis of societal dynamics and of loyalties in the officer corps. The ability to build and demonstrate support from a societal constituency, or an important faction in the officer corps, is a source of leverage for both political and military leaders. Powers of appointment and dismissal are also pivotal in shaping power relations between political and military leaders. When enjoyed by a political leader, these prerogatives reflect and promote control of the armed forces. Conversely, the inability to appoint and dismiss officers both reflects a political leader’s weakness and serves more broadly to degrade control of the armed forces. The centrality of these aspects is evident during critical episodes of civil-military relations in Egypt. These factors, in turn, have important bearing in assessing the prospects for future developments in the country’s civil-military relations.

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Reconciling Security Sector Reform and the Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Contexts

United Nations peacekeeping operations are frequently mandated both to protect civilians and to support security sector reform. These mandates implicitly assume that the protection of civilians and security sector reform are complementary and mutually reinforcing. But neither academics nor policymakers have examined how exactly they are related, and past experiences of peacekeeping operations show that there can be friction when the two are pursued simultaneously. A better understanding of both the convergences and the tensions between the two agendas will help peacekeeping operations reduce this friction and improve the security of populations under threat.

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This Issue Brief is the product of a collaboration between the Stimson Center and the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

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International Coherence in Security Sector Reform

The DCAF Horizon Paper outlines the overall challenge of developing coherence amongst stakeholders in an SSR context. Drawing from both bilateral and regional organisations such as the AU, ASSN, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK, this paper additionally highlights good practices as well as ways forward with cross-governmental coordination and SSR programming. 

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Gender and Complaints Mechanisms: A Handbook for Armed Forces and Ombuds Institutions to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Related Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying and Abuse

Around the world, armed forces are recognizing the important contribution that women make within their ranks, and the fact that increasing the representation of female personnel is fundamental to capability and operational effectiveness. In tackling barriers to women’s full participation in armed forces, a key priority is to prevent gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse –to ensure that all personnel, men and women, serve in an environment that is healthy, safe and respectful, and upholds their human rights. Effective and trusted complaints mechanisms are a crucial component of such an environment.

This handbook brings together knowledge and experience as regards prevention of misconduct and handling and monitoring of complaints within armed forces, with particular regard to gender. It is a resource for armed forces, ministries of defence, ombuds institutions and others that manage and oversee armed forces in:

  • establishing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for men and women in the armed forces;
  • dealing with instances and complaints of gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse in the armed forces; and
  • monitoring and overseeing the handling of instances and complaints of gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse in the armed forces.

The handbook was developed by DCAF in partnership with the Parliamentary Ombudsman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Swiss Confederation.

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Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance

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Many efforts have been undertaken to address dysfunctional security sector governance in West Africa. However, security sector reform (SSR) has fallen short of radical – transformational – change to the fundamental structures of power and governance in the region. Looking more closely at specific examples of SSR in six West African countries, Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance explores both progress and reversals in efforts by national stakeholders and their international partners to positively influence security sector governance dynamics. Written by eminent national experts based on their personal experiences of these reform contexts, this study offers new insights and practical lessons that should inform processes to improve democratic security sector governance in West Africa and beyond.

For full access to Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance, kindly follow the link.

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DCAF Parliamentary Brief - Safeguards in Electronic Surveillance

Electronic surveillance is used across European countries to fight serious crime, terrorism, and avert dangers to state security. It is a covert, intrusive method for information collection, performed in secrecy and without the knowledge of the target; it requires security services to possess special, exceptional powers, which often infringe fundamental human rights, primarily the right to privacy.

Therefore, electronic surveillance is a field where abuse is potentially easy in individual cases, but can inflict harmful consequences for the democratic society as a whole, undermining public trust in the state.

This policy paper provides guidance for Parliamentarians in order to address those issues.

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Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments

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This is the third edition of the Toolkit developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as part of their joint project to develop guidance to support companies operating in complex environments manage their security in a way that is effective and respects human rights and, when relevant, international humanitarian law. This edition contains a new fourth chapter - Working with communities  - developed in collaboration with Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), as well as chapters on working with host governments, public security forces, and private security providers. 

It may be freely used and shared for educational and other non-commercial purposes, provided that the DCAF-ICRC Toolkit is acknowledged as the source. As the Toolkit is a ‘Living Document’, accessing it from the Knowledge Hub can ensure that the users have always access to the latest version.

For full access to the Knowledge Hub and the toolkit on Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments, kindly follow the link. 

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Seeking more coherent implementation in post-conflict security: Can we better align SSR, DDR, SALW and Mine Action?

Security sector reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), small arms and light weapons (SALW) control, and mine action are anchored in the same conceptual and normative commitment to human security; yet, differences in scope, timelines and perspectives have made alignment of these four post-conflict peacebuilding programmes challenging. DCAF and GICHD brought together a panel of experts from these four practitioner fields to examine the practical implications of linking these important programmes.

For full access to the article Seeking more coherent implementation in post-conflict security: Can we better align SSR, DDR, SALW and Mine Action?, kindly follow the link.

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Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform

Over the past two decades, in response to the underwhelming results of international development efforts across the Third World, arguments concerning the importance of local ownership have been gaining currency within the international development community. At its core, the discourse around ownership revolves around fundamental questions of agency: who decides, who controls, who implements, and who evaluates. The growing emphasis on local ownership, then, emerged as a critique of mainstream development practice and the broader cult of Western expertise which underpins it. As Joseph Stiglitz argued a decade ago, a vision of development in which all the answers and all the agency are seen to lie in the hands of foreigners is inherently problematic and ultimately self-defeating: ‘We have seen again and again that [local] ownership is essential for successful transformation: policies that are imposed from outside may be grudgingly accepted on a superficial basis, but will rarely be implemented as intended’. Since then, the principle of local ownership has been viewed increasingly as a precondition for effective development assistance, even if
the translation of the principle into actual practice remains an ongoing challenge.

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Ghana: Gender-related Human Resources Policies in Armed Forces

This overview of gender-related human resources policies in Ghana’s armed forces seeks to contribute to the very fragmented and incomplete literature on human resources policies in armed forces. It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis, but a reference for other armed forces’ in considering ways in which they can promote the retention, recruitment, promotion and full participation of women in armed forces. It is accompanied by an overview of human resources policies in the armed forces of Albania and the Netherlands.

For full access to Gender-related Human Resources Policies in Armed Forces, kindly follow the link.

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Albania: Gender-related Human Resources Policies in Armed Forces

This overview of gender-related human resources policies in the Albanian Armed Forces seeks to contribute to the very fragmented and incomplete literature on human resources policies in armed forces. It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis, but a reference for other armed forces in considering ways in which they can promote the retention, recruitment, promotion and full participation of women. It is accompanied by an overview of human resources policies in the armed forces of Ghana and the Netherlands.

For full access to Gender-related Human Resources Policies in Armed Forces, kindly follow the link.

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Criminal Justice Practice and Violence Against Women

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and La Strada-Ukraine (LSU) collaborated to assess the current practices of the Ukrainian criminal justice system response to violence against women and domestic violence. The aim of the assessment was to identify the readiness of the criminal justice system to implement the principles and obligations associated with the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

For full access to Criminal Justice Practice and Violence Against Women, kindly follow the link.

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DCAF | OSCE Focus: Ukraine and European Security: Prospects for the Future

This DCAF publication gathers five "Food for thought papers" based on the OSCE Focus Conference titled "Ukraine and European Security: Prospects for the Future" that took place on 10th-11th October 2014 at the WMO in Geneva.

To access the full report, kindly follow the link.

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Parliamentary oversight of the security sector: Principles, mechanisms and practices

The handbook is divided in eight sections, each containing several chapters, and can be read in two different ways. A complete reading of the Handbook will provide the most comprehensive understanding of security issues and the role of parliamentary oversight. However, it is also possible to make a selective reading of those sections and chapters which are of particular concern to the user. The index and various cross-references are designed for this purpose.

Throughout the handbook, there are separate boxes which clarify complex issues in the main text, provide examples of laws or regulations and highlight practices of parliamentary oversight of the security sector in various countries. At the end of most chapters there is a section called -- "what you can do as a parliamentarian," where concrete recommendations are given. However these recommendations have to be looked at from the national context.

To find out more about the Parliamentary oversight of the security sector, please kindly follow the link.

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The Military, the Media and Public Perceptions in Egypt: Communication and Civil-Military Relations

Following the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011, and more markedly after the July 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s military assumed a new role in national politics. In taking on such new responsibilities and control, the military also came to realize the powerful importance of the media, both as a useful political tool and as a significant potential threat. Building upon their traditional, historical role in Egyptian society, the military resolved to adopt strategies aimed at manipulating and severely controlling media organizations and journalists in order to support the military’s agenda and shape public opinion.

This paper examines the results of this new military approach to public communication. Specific attention is devoted to the military’s communication strategy, its evolution since January 2011, its effects on civil-military relations, as well as the consequences for media freedom.

For full access to the research paper  The Military, the Media and Public Perceptions in Egypt: Communication and Civil-Military Relations, kindly follow the link.  

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Parliamentary oversight of the security sector

This brochure contains an overview of DCAF’s resources and tools in the field of parliamentary oversight of the security sector.

It provides for easy access to comparative expertise, international standards and research on:

  • Introduction to parliamentary oversight of the security sector
  • Parliamentary oversight of intelligence services
  • Parliament’s role in ensuring financial oversight of the security sector
  • Parliamentary oversight of states of emergency
  • Military justice reform
  • Negotiating a status of forces agreement (SOFA)
  • Reform of the military justice system
  • The role of gender in parliamentary oversight of the security sector

In addition, it provides an overview to DCAF tools and websites related to security sector governance in Tunisia.

For full access to Parliamentary oversight of the security sector, please kindly follow the link.

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Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender

Why is gender important in parliamentary oversight of the security sector? Parliaments engaged in security sector reform benefit from integrating a gender perspective into their core functions. Parliamentarians, as elected representatives of their constituents, have the responsibility to ensure that the security needs of women, men, girls and boys are incorporated into security policy-making. Men, women, girls and boys face different threats to their security. Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most common threats to human security worldwide.

For full access to Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender, please kindly follow the link. 

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Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence Services

Although parliaments tend to have very little authority over operational matters, they have broad powers to determine the mandate and budget of the intelligence services, as well as to scrutinise its conduct after the fact. In some cases, Parliament, or at least some of its members, must be informed of or authorise certain operational matters.

For full access to Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence Services, please kindly follow the link. 

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The Privatisation of security in Africa: Challenges and lessons from Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal

Private security in Africa is booming. Whether from the perspective of major multinational players or small-scale local enterprises, the market for commercial security has expanded and evolved over  recent years. However, policy makers rarely address private security, national parliaments and regulatory bodies provide limited oversight in this area, and the attention of African media and civil society is localized and sporadic. In short, a fundamental shift in the African security landscape is taking place under the radar of democratic governance. The Privatisation of Security in Africa – Challenges and Lessons from Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal provides expert accounts which portray the realities of the contemporary private security industry in Africa. The volume analyses key characteristics of security privatisation in Africa, offers new insights into the significance of this phenomenon from a security sector governance perspective and identifies specific entry points that should inform processes to promote good governance of the security sector in Africa.

To access the full report The Privatisation of security in Africa: Challenges and lessons from Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal, kindly click on the link.

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Ombuds Institutions for the armed forces in francophone countries of sub-Saharan Africa

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This mapping study on ombuds institutions for the armed forces in francophone sub-Saharan African states is a project initiated under the aegis of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), in the framework of the OIF programme “Providing Support to Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding”.

The mapping study is the continuation of extensive research conducted within the context of a first project entitled “Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal.” The objectives of the mapping study are to develop a comprehensive analysis of the activities and role of the ombuds institutions; to identify factors that may facilitate or hinder the establishment and functioning of such institutions; to encourage ombuds institutions to deal with the armed forces and to improve the functioning and effectiveness of existing institutions; and to involve the ombuds institutions of the states concerned in the global process of exchanging good practice and experience between existing ombuds institutions.

The research explores sub-Saharan states, some with ombuds institutions whose mandates include military matters (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, and Togo), some who have established general ombuds institutions, but without such jurisdiction over the armed forces (Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Guinea, Madagascar and Mali), and some who lack these institutions (Comoros and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The paper delineates some common characteristics of general ombuds institutions, before pointing the challenges they confront, from the level of resources to a lack of visibility.

To access the Ombuds Institutions for the armed forces in francophone countries of sub-Saharan Africa, kindly follow the link.

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Arab Uprisings and Armed Forces: Between Openness and Resistance

Since late 2010, an unprecedented wave of protests has swept across much of the Arab world. The aim of this paper is to examine the role of the armed forces when confronted with anti-regime uprisings that demand greater political freedoms or even regime change. Drawing on the cases of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, it argues that the degree of institutionalization of the armed forces and their relationship to society at large can account for different responses to pro-reform uprisings.

To access the full report Arab Uprisings and Armed Forces: Between Openness and Resistance, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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A Force for Good: Mapping the private security landscape in Southeast Europe

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The first publication of the project explores and assesses the origins and current state of the private security sector in each of the target countries, with specific reference to principles of good governance and the protection of human rights. In particular, the authors examine when and how the first private security companies developed and whether and how PSCs, their clients, and other factors such as relevant legislation determined the services private security offer today, and which companies were established/have survived in the market. 

"A Force for Good: Mapping the private security landscape in Southeast Europe" full document

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DDR and SSR in War-to-Peace Transition

While disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) have become integral statebuilding tools in post-conflict states, the existing empirical literature examining their relationship has focused on supply-side considerations related to the programming of both processes. In practice, though, DDR and SSR are implemented in the wider context of war-to-peace transitions where the state is attempting to establish a monopoly over the use of force and legitimize itself in the eyes of domestic and international communities. This paper therefore assumes that to identify opportunities and constraints for establishing closer practical linkages between DDR and SSR it is important to take the local politics into consideration. It examines two past externally driven peacebuilding interventions in West Africa, namely Liberia and Sierra Leone, featuring cases in which the central state had essentially fragmented or collapsed. Through this comparative analysis, the paper aims to provide a stepping-stone for future studies examining demand-side considerations of DDR and SSR in post-conflict contexts.

To access the full report  DDR and SSR in War-to-Peace Transition, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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Legislative Guidance Tool for States to Regulate Private Military and Security Companies

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The Legislative Guidance Tool for States to Regulate Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) was developed by DCAF as a response to growing challenges in national regulation of the private security industry.

The aims of the Legislative Guidance Tool are:

  • To raise awareness of existing national legislation, policies, and best practices.
  • To provide guidance for parliamentarians and lawmakers to develop or update national legislation related to PMSCs, in line with international legal obligations and taking into account good practices.

It provides guidance to parliamentarians, lawmakers, members of oversight committees and other actors in national legislative processes who are in the process of updating or developing national regulation related to PMSCs.  Drawing on the guidance of the Montreux Document and other international frameworks, as well as expert and state consultations, this Guidance Tool is comprised of 7 distinct Chapters, structured around key challenges for parliamentarians and lawmakers.

To access the Legislative Guidance Tool for States to Regulate Private Military and Security Companies kindly follow the link.

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Business and Security Sector Reform: The Case of Corporate Security Responsibility

Challenges to security and human rights involving extractive and other industries are addressed in a framework known as business and human rights (BHR), which shares many challenges and goals with SSR. This paper describes the grounds where BHR and SSR coincide in principles, actors and activities and which synergies can be built on that base. Opportunities for bridging BHR and SSR are drawn from a systematic comparison of case studies on Guinea, Colombia and Papua New Guinea. BHR and SSR should ideally cohere instead of collide.

Full paper available here: Business and Security Sector Reform: The Case of Corporate Security Responsibility

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Countering Human Trafficking: The UK’s Efforts

This 2015 DCAF paper by Bernie Gravett of Specialist Policing Consulting UK analyses from a security sector perspective, the structure, politics and process of efforts to counter trafficking in human beings.

The United Kingdom (UK) is a destination country for men, women, and children primarily from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe who are subjected to human trafficking for the purposes of sexual slavery and forced labour, including domestic servitude. Human trafficking is a subject of growing concern in the UK, which has therefore led the government to take positive action to improve legislation and punishment for trafficking and slavery offences. In 2015, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act to restructure criminal offences linked to trafficking, implement tougher sentencing and create a new position for a Modern Slavery Commissioner to oversee changes in the UK trafficking response. This legislation also gives support to victims through seizing traffickers’ assets and channeling some of that money towards reparations for victims. Furthermore, it created a new statutory defence for slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit criminal offences. However, there is still a long way to go in terms of investing in dedicated police human trafficking training and investigation capacity as police forces in the UK are facing up to 45% budget cuts over an 8 year period lasting until 2018. 

For DCAF's full report on Countering Human Trafficking: The UK’s Efforts, kindly follow the link. 

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DCAF Annual Report 2015

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The Annual Report covers The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces' (DCAF) cooperation with international organisations, regional cooperation, global issues over the last year, activities of DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), etc. The Annexes include updated information on DCAF’s organisational structure, details on DCAF accounts for 2015, DCAF's most recent publications and more.

Follow the link to download the DCAF Annual Report 2015.

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DCAF | Mapping Study: Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in the OSCE Region

This publication has been developed in joint cooperation between DCAF and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as part of an ongoing research project on ombuds institutions for the armed forces.  It is the result of an effort to conceptualize and examine issues and challenges related to oversight of the armed forces and the promotion of human rights based on the feedback provided by the institutions themselves. It maps prominent capacity development needs of ombuds institutions in the OSCE region, and offers best practices through which these needs can be addressed. The study also examines different models, functions and approaches of ombuds institutions for the armed forces in the OSCE region.

The mapping study will hopefully help states that wish to establish ombuds institutions by identifying the best format for doing so but it can also support existing ombuds institutions, scholars, policy-makers and armed forces commanders by offering a reference instrument on the current state of ombuds institutions in the OSCE region.

You can download the full study in English here.

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International Coherence in Security Sector Reform

This paper explores why coherence is a problem for internationally supported SSR and proposes ways to move forward. It begins by addressing the importance of mainstreaming core objectives and values underpinning the SSR approach. It then considers the imperative to develop integrated SSR programmes. This relates both to delivering on a ‘holistic’ SSR agenda but also to how post-conflict SSR can contribute to wider peacebuilding efforts. Opportunities are identified to bridge gaps between policy commitments and genuine behaviour change. The paper concludes with some observations on future directions that may support improved coherence in practice.

To read the article, please click on the following link: International Coherence in Security Sector Reform

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International Standards for Financial Oversight in the Security Sector

Currently available in English and Arabic, this compilation provides readers with easy access to internationally adopted guiding principles, standards and best practices of financial oversight of security sector institutions. It allows readers to: access key international standards on budgeting and auditing in the security sector; compare existing practices and regulations in their countries with universally accepted budgeting and auditing principles; use the international standards as a basis for proposals to political leaders and members of parliament for reforming the prevailing financial oversight system in the security sectors of their countries; and monitor and evaluate the performance of financial accountability institutions against international best practice.

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Integrating SSR and SALW Programming

Security sector reform (SSR) and small arms and lights weapons (SALW) reduction and control programmes have become staples of peacebuilding policy and practice in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states (FFCAS). There is wide agreement in the peacebuilding field that the two areas are intricately interconnected and mutually reinforcing. However, this consensus has rarely translated into integrated programming on the ground. Drawing on a diverse set of case studies, this paper presents a renewed argument for robust integration of SSR and SALW programming. The failure to exploit innate synergies between the two areas in the field has not merely resulted in missed opportunities to leverage scarce resources and capacity, but has caused significant programmatic setbacks that have harmed wider prospects for peace and stability. With the SSR model itself in a period of conceptual transition, the time is ripe for innovation. A renewed emphasis on integrating SSR and SALW programming in FFCAS, while not a wholly new idea, represents a potential avenue for change that could deliver significant dividends in the field. The paper offers some preliminary ideas on how to achieve this renewed integration in practice.

To access the full report Integrating SSR and SALW Programming, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions

  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs build their own institutional capacity to address gender issues in the security sector?
  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs ensure that they are accessible to men and women in the security sector and handle their complaints in a gender-responsive manner?
  • How can ombuds institutions and NHRIs proactively investigate gender-related problems in the security sector?

This guidance note on Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions, developed by DCAF,OSCE/ODIHR and the OSCE Gender Section  is a practical resource for ombuds institutions and NHRIs, and those who support them. It can help an ombuds institution or NHRI engage more effectively with police, militaries and other security sector institutions to monitor and reinforce how the human rights of men and women working there are upheld.  It can strengthen oversight of how well police and others meet the needs of communities.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR , UN-INSTRAW Tools on Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender and Civil Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces and Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight.

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Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight

  • How can a police service monitor its success in providing equal opportunities for men and women?
  • How can it monitor how it addresses the different security needs of men and women?
  • How can it ensure that attention to gender is embedded in all its internal systems and processes?

This guidance note on Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight, developed by DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR  and the OSCE Gender Section is a practical resource for police services, and those who manage and support them. It can help a police service move beyond a policy commitment to integrate gender  ̶  by designating responsibilities for gender, by monitoring how gender issues are addressed in human resource management and in police operations, and by strengthening prevention and respond to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW Tool on Police Reform and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

It is an essential resource for those: working at the strategic or management level in police services, responsible for human resources, providing specialist services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and supporting police reform and/or gender mainstreaming.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces and Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions.

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Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces

  • How can armed forces measure the impact of a gender perspective on operations?
  • How can armed forces monitor their success in providing equal opportunities for men and women, and tackling sexual harassment and abuse?
  • How can armed forces embed a gender perspective in all internal systems and processes?

This guidance note on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces, developed by DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR and the OSCE Gender Section, is a practical resource for militaries, and for those who manage and support them. It can help an armed forces move beyond a policy commitment to integrate gender  ­̶  by designating responsibilities, by monitoring how gender issues are addressed in human resource management and in operations, and by strengthening responses to misconduct.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW Tool on Defence Reform and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

It is an essential resource for those working at the strategic or management level in armed forces; gender units, gender advisers and gender focal points; equal opportunities officers and others responsible for human resources; and those supporting reform processes or gender mainstreaming.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight and Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions.

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La protection des données personnelles dans le cadre du secteur de la sécurité au Maroc

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Ce rapport du Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées – Genève (DCAF) et du Centre d’Études en Droits Humains et Démocratie (CEDHD) présente un résumé des discussions menées lors d'un séminaire organisé à Rabat sur le thème de « La bonne gouvernance du secteur de la sécurité à l’ère numérique: gestion et protection des données personnelles ». Sa publication vise à faire le point sur la protection des données personnelles dans le cadre du secteur de la sécurité au Maroc. Par ailleurs, il vise à sensibiliser les acteurs concernés à l'importance de la protection de la vie privée.

Le rapport détaille le contexte de la bonne gouvernance du secteur de la sécurité en lien avec la protection des données personnelles en présentant débats, textes législatifs et exemples concrets. Le rapport note ainsi l'accroissement des tensions entre sécurité et vie privée avec les nouvelles technologies, la protection des données personnelles à l'ère numérique et le droit d'accès à l'information. Ensuite, la seconde partie présente la protection des données personnelles dans le cadre du secteur de la sécurité au Maroc d'un point de vue juridique et institutionnel ainsi qu'au regard des défis et opportunités auxquels le Maroc est confronté. Finalement, les recommandations des participants au séminaire sont présentées, sur les plans politique, juridique et institutionnel.

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Linking Mine Action and SSR through Human Security

Security sector reform (SSR) and mine action share a strong common conceptual basis, which draws from a shared understanding of security. They both reflect a conceptualization of security that is not limited to the level of the state, but takes into account security threats and needs at societal and individual levels. This common basis provides opportunities for synergies between SSR and mine action. However, empirical evidence demonstrates that the strong conceptual basis is not fully reflected in concrete activities, and the linkages remain limited and underexplored. Despite this gap, there are positive examples showing the potential for synergies between SSR and mine action. Ultimately, this paper maintains that the concept of human security provides a comprehensive framework which can bridge the differences and open broader opportunities for cooperation, which in turn will increase the impact of interventions in SSR and mine action.

To access the full report Linking Mine Action and SSR through Human Security, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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Mapping Evolving Internal Roles of the Armed Forces

DCAF's newest addition to its SSR series has just been published, co-authored by Albrecht Schnabel and Marc Krupanski and titled "Mapping Evolving Internal Roles of the Armed Forces." It is widely assumed, at least from a Western perspective, that the armed forces provide national defence against external threats. In reality, within many consolidated Western democracies the armed forces are assuming an increasingly wide range of internal roles and tasks. These can include domestic security roles and the provision of humanitarian assistance in situations of natural or humanitarian catastrophe, often under the command and control of different civilian agencies. This SSR Paper seeks to make sense of this complex reality. Different internal roles of armed forces are analysed, drawing on the cases of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Through carefully examining evolving internal roles and identifying patterns and lessons from these experiences, this SSR Paper provides an important contribution to understanding the evolving nature of contemporary armed forces.

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Mapping Study: Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in the OSCE Region

This study is the result of a joint project between the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). This publication seeks to conceptualize and examine issues and challenges related to oversight of the armed forces and the promotion of human rights based on the feedback provided by the institutions themselves. The study maps prominent capacity development needs of ombuds institutions in the OSCE region, and offers best practices through which these needs can be addressed.

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Measuring the Impact of Peacebuilding Interventions on Rule of Law and Security Institutions

Since the 1990s, internationally-supported peacebuilding interventions have become increasingly prominent. Activities focusing on rule of law and security institutions are a key component of this agenda. Despite increasing calls for more rigorous analysis of the impact of peacebuilding interventions, conceptual advances have been limited. There is little clarity on what is working, what is not, and why. This SSR Paper seeks to address this gap by mapping relevant approaches and methodologies to measuring impact. It examines how international actors have approached these questions in relation to support to rule of law and security institutions in complex peacebuilding environments. Most significantly, the paper demonstrates that measuring impact is not only feasible but necessary in order to maximise the effectiveness of major international investments in this field.

Available for download at: 

https://www.dcaf.ch/measuring-impact-peacebuilding-interventions-rule-law-and-security-institutions

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Money Matters: Addressing the Financial Sustainability of Security Sector Reform

This paper traces the new demands placed on peacekeeping operations to “get more bang for every peacekeeping buck”, and explores how to match SSR priorities and recurring costs in the security sector with available resources over the long term. In presenting the lessons learned from the security sector public expenditure review conducted by the UN and the World Bank in Liberia in 2012, the first such review jointly undertaken by the two organizations, the paper seeks to illustrate how the discussion on right-sizing of the security sector can go hand in hand with a discussion on right-financing in order to help prioritize key reforms pragmatically in light of the available fiscal space. Specifically, the paper provides SSR practitioners with insights into the challenges often encountered when assisting national authorities to address the political economy of SSR, and how to navigate those dilemmas.

Full paper: Money Matters: Addressing the Financial Sustainability of Security Sector Reform

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Operationalizing Human Security: Tools for Human Security-Based Threat and Mitigation Assessments

This publications, one of two, presents the final results of a collaborative project onOperationalizing Human Security (OPHUSEC), carried out by DCAF, the Laboratory of Urban Sociology at the EPFL Lausanne (EPFL-LaSur), the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, and the Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace). The project was funded by SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation. It examined the link between human security analysis and human security provision to improve the lives of people living in threatened communities and to sensitize security providers about means and ways to channel existing resources and capacities more effectively towards the alleviation of serious threats in specific local contents.  Operationalizing Human Security: Tools for Human-Security-Based Threat and Mitigation Assessments (Cahier 21) offers a series of practical suggestions and tools to allow the replication of some or all of the project’s practical assessment and mitigation components.

Available for download here.

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Oversight and Guidance: Parliaments and Security Sector Governance

Via a collection of edited articles, this third version of the DCAF-NATO PA ‘Vademecum’ underlines the essential role that parliaments must play in ensuring democratic oversight of the security sector. Updating key information on best practices related to parliamentary oversight and guidance of the security sector, the volume retains a special focus on defence affairs, and puts the oversight role of parliament into political and military contexts. Aimed at democratic institutions in NATO partners, the product provides an introduction to the overarching principles of security sector reform and key oversight mechanisms and best practices.

For full access to DCAF's report on Oversight and Guidance: Parliaments and Security Sector Governance, kindly follow the link.

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Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector

A complete reading of the Handbook will provide the most comprehensive understanding of security issues and the role of parliamentary oversight. However, it is also possible to make a selective reading of those sections and chapters which are of particular concern to the user. The index and various cross-references are designed for this purpose.

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Parliaments and National Strategy Documents: A comparative case-study from the Nordic region

Many countries today produce a security 'strategy' document to cover the full range of military and non-military challenges facing them. By their nature such policy papers deserve careful parliamentary scrutiny, but do they receive it?  Published by DCAF, this case-study from the five Nordic states shows that governance arrangements for strategy-making vary considerably and sometimes leave parliament only a limited role. This does not necessarily mean the strategies themselves are wrong, but it does underline the problem of updating parliamentary roles to keep pace with new security practices.

You can download it in English here.

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Security for All: West Africa’s Good Practices on Gender in the Security Sector

Despite ongoing efforts to improve the accountability and effectiveness of the security sector in West Africa, the different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls are often marginalised and women remain largely excluded from security and defence decision-making processes. Nevertheless, there are examples of innovative initiatives taken across West Africa to integrate gender issues into security sector reform (SSR) processes and security sector institutions (SSIs).

This report highlights the lessons identified and country-specific examples shared during the regional conference “Security for All: West Africa’s Good Practices on Gender in the Security Sector” held in Saly, Senegal, 22 -24 June 2010. Organised by UNOWA and DCAF in partnership with the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre, MARWOPNET and AMLD, this working-level conference brought together over seventy gender and security sector practitioners and researchers from West Africa. The report includes guidance and examples on eight interconnected topics:

1. Gender assessments of the security sector
2. Provision of security and justice services to women and men
3. Civil society oversight: collaboration between women’s organisations, gender machineries and SSIs
4. Gender and security policies
5. Internal oversight mechanisms
6. Recruitment, retention and advancement of female security sector personnel
7. Female security sector staff associations
8. Gender training

For translation in French, click here.

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Security Sector Reform and Governance Processes in West Africa: From Concepts to Reality

In light of the rapidly changing and evolving security situation in West Africa, this paper analyses ECOWAS policy documents relating to SSR and highlights the challenges of translating norms to practice. It assesses ECOWAS’s concrete support to SSR processes in the region, both as a partner and as a leading actor and outlines challenges to overcome and opportunities to be seized by ECOWAS in its role in supporting SSR. Finally, it puts forward recommendations to key stakeholders on how a Regional Framework for Security Sector Reform and Governance could serve as a platform for SSR support and a tool for conflict prevention and sustainable development.

The paper can also be downloaded in English, French or Portuguese at https://www.dcaf.ch/security-sector-reform-and-governance-processes-west-africa-concepts-reality

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Security Sector Reform Narrowing the Gap between Theory and Practice

The persistent gap between theory and practice in SSR can be a source of much irritation and disappointment – at failures to implement SSR norms as well as in response to concepts and strategies that seem unhelpfully far removed from local realities. This paper compares ideal-case SSR environments with real-life conditions of implementing SSR. Through offering suggestions for better practice in SSR implementation, it shows that the art of ‘applied SSR’ can be learned.

To access the full report Security Sector Reform Narrowing the Gap between Theory and Practice, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook

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DCAF, on behalf of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) Security Sector Reform Working Group and in collaboration with the Education Development Working Group, launched a new publication entitled "Teaching Gender in the Military".

The handbook aims to

(a) strengthen the ability of faculty to integrate gender in professional military education and

(b) improve the capacity of gender experts to deliver educational content.

 In other words, it covers both ‘what to teach’ and ‘how to teach’ when it comes to gender and the military.

This handbook is a product of the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), which is co-chaired by DCAF (the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces). The Handbook addresses the call to integrate gender in military education and training articulated in the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; the NATO frameworks to implement these resolutions; and national policies and initiatives in the NATO-PfP area.

It documents the knowledge outcomes of a series of four workshops on teaching gender in the military organised by the Security Sector Reform and Education Development Working Groups of the PfPC. These workshops were held over the course of two years and focused on the methodology of teaching gender to the military, designing sample lesson plans, integrating gender in the curriculum and evaluation, coaching and mentoring.

It was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives in June this year. The launch was kindly hosted by the Swiss Mission to NATO.

To access Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook kindly follow the link.

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The Role of Penal Reform in Security Sector Reform

Penal reform activities have been carried on in Europe and the United States sinceat least the late eighteenth century. Security sector reform (SSR), a much newerconcept, is a governance-driven approach that looks to strengthen the roles ofboth state and non-state actors to deliver security to individuals and communities.As such, attention to the penal system is important in any comprehensive SSR process. However, much SSR programming overlooks penal elements, and lessonslearnt through long experience in penal reform have not been applied to other SSR activities. There is limited discourse between the penal reform community ofpractice and the wider SSR community. This paper seeks to initiate a dialogue concerning the relationship between penal reform and wider security sector reform and governance. It is based on desk research and a number of interviews with penal reform practitioners. Follow this link for the publication.

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The Role of Parliaments in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in NATO Member Countries

In 2015, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly commissioned DCAF to provide an analysis of responses to a survey of Member Countries regarding national implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The resulting report, “The Role of Parliaments in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in NATO Member Countries” outlines nine different types of action that parliamentarians in NATO member countries have undertaken since the results of a previous survey were published in 2013. The main finding of the report is that parliaments have become increasingly active in the implementation and monitoring of the women, peace and security agenda since 2013, especially in those countries that have adopted a National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security. There is also evidence that the kinds of activities being undertaken by parliaments are increasingly diverse.

The findings of this study will be presented at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 2015 Annual Session in Stavanger, Norway.

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The Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform: Conceptualising a Complex Relationship

There is a clear need to better understand the relationship between two concepts at the heart of peacebuilding: the Rule of Law (RoL), and Security Sector Reform (SSR). If it is acknowledged in principle that they are interdependent, in practice enduring conceptual ambiguities and contradictions undermine latent synergies. As a consequence, international donor agencies are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the benefits of their RoL and SSR assistance. This SSR Paper moves the RoL-SSR debate forward through examining these activities jointly within a peacebuilding context. It proposes a heuristic framework that helps to rationalize this relationship on a conceptual level, demonstrating that RoL and SSR are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. The resulting framework provides a basis for the development of coherent policies that can support the development of coordinated, complementary programmes on the ground. 

Available to download at:

https://www.dcaf.ch/rule-law-and-security-sector-reform-conceptualising-complex-relationship

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The Security Sector and Gender in West Africa

This report aims to systematically document the status of gender integration within the security sectors in 14 Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The report is designed to be a resource for people working in, or with, security sector institutions; for those interested in governance and development in West Africa; and for those involved in gender-related issues. It combines information gathered by in-country researchers, interviews, document analysis and desk research. Much of the data in this report has never before been published or compared across countries in the region.

The survey is guided by the following two questions: Are security sector institutions providing adequate response to the different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls? What steps have been taken to create internally equitable, representative and non-discriminatory institutions?

The report contains three main sections: an introduction, a summary and analysis of findings, and individual country profiles. The introduction provides background on the survey rationale, methodology and research challenges. The summary and analysis of findings offers a cross-country and cross-institution analysis of the survey findings, and includes a list of recommendations. The 14 extensive country profiles present easy-to-read yet detailed information structured by 101 indicators on national governance, police services, armed forces and gendarmerie, the justice system and penal services.

The complete report, as well as individual country profiles, can be accessed online here.

For more information, contact gender@dcaf.ch

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Tool 8 : Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance

Gender equality is an international norm that stipulates the equal right of women, men and gender minorities to access opportunities and resources, regardless of the sex with which they were born and the gender with which they identify. In the context of the security sector, this means that women and men should have equal opportunities to participate in the provision, management and oversight of security services, and that the security needs of women, men, boys and girls should be equally considered and effectively responded to.

While ECOWAS recommends that the specific security and justice needs of men and women, boys and girls are fully integrated into all reform processes and governance mechanisms applicable to the security sector, the transition from theory to practice often proves challenging.

Tool 8 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa is designed to provide practitioners with action-oriented guidance for tackling this challenge. It may be most useful to national actors involved in the governance of security institutions and to those who partake in democratic oversight. This Tool aims to facilitate the identification of effective entry points for integrating the aims of gender equality in national legislation, strategies and budgets for security; in the management of security institutions; in the delivery of justice and security services and in national defence; as well as at all stages of internal and external oversight of the security sector.

For more information on the Tool 8 : Integrating Gender in Security Sector Reform and Governance, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 1: Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

Tool 2: Security Sector Reform Programming

Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

Tool 6: Civil Society Involvment in Security Sector Reform and Governance

The publication is also available in português.

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Working Paper: Amending the Regulatory Framework for Handling Palestinian Citizens’ Complaints

This Working Paper presents the conclusions of a joint task force which had convened to discuss amending the Palestinian Council of Ministers’ Regulation on Complaints No. 6 of 2009. It aims to raise Palestinian decision-makers’ awareness on the importance of improving the existing complaint handling mechanisms of the executive authorities and to provide concrete recommendations for legal reform. While DCAF focuses on complaints handling in relation to complaints against the behaviour of police and security forces, enhancing the overall complaints handling system will also benefit other parts of the public administration and thus the wider Palestinian population.

To access the paper, click here.

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UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies

Although subject to little discussion, the UN has increasingly paid private military and security companies (PMSCs) for a range of services in the areas of humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding and development. However, this practice has rarely translated into coherent policies or guidelines that could guide the UN in setting standards or ensuring responsible contracting procedures. This paper explores UN demand for PMSCs and identifies the need for a more proactive, sensitive and deliberate political approach in order to avoid potential pitfalls associated with involving PMSCs in the delivery of UN tasks.

To access the full report UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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Towards an International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers: A View from Inside a Multistakeholder Process

The use of private security companies (PSCs) to perform services that are traditionally associated with the state presents a challenge to regulatory and oversight frameworks. Analyzing developments leading to the International Code of Conduct for Security Providers (ICOC) and the ICOC Association, this paper argues that a multistakeholder approach to develop standards adapted for the private sector and which creates governance and oversight mechanisms fills some of the governance gaps found in traditional regulatory approaches.

Full paper available here: Towards an International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers: A View from Inside a Multistakeholder Process

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Towards a Code of Conduct for Armed and Security Forces in Africa

The aim of this paper is to account for the evolution of the draft Code, and to examine its relationship (if any) to similar initiatives within and beyond Africa. Following this brief introduction therefore, the paper attempts to place the draft Code within the context of general trends in civil-military relations in Africa. It then traces the evolutionary process of the African Code, within the context of similar and related initiatives and processes in Africa. The paper also identifies the main provisions of the Code. It compares the OSCE Code to the draft African Code, pointing out similarities and differences and the extent to which the former was a model for the latter. The paper then identifies matters arising in the drive to achieve the adoption and implementation of the present draft African Code. The paper is concluded with recommendations which could enrich the CoC and create the basis for more viable articulation of the agenda of democratic control of armedand security forces in Africa.

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Progress and Opportunities: Challenges and Recommendations for Montreux Document Participants

DCAF has just published the second edition of Progress and Opportunities: Challenges and Recommendations for Montreux Document Participants. The report draws on extensive and updated research to provide an overview of the experiences of Montreux Document states and international organisations with regards to the regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs). Originally commissioned by Switzerland to inform discussions during the 2013 Montreux+5 Conference, the study discerns major challenges in implementation and identifies ways to build on good practices in the future. Focusing also on the way forward, the report proposes concrete ways that the Montreux Document can serve as a force multiplier for effective implementation of PMSC regulations. 

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Assessing Community Safety in the Governorate of Hebron

In order to implement an effective security strategy plan in the Governorate of Hebron, it is necessary for security providers be able to identify the reasons for insecurity, and the lack of community safety. For this reason, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), in collaboration with the Ramallah-based Human Rights and Democracy Media-Centre (SHAMS), conducted focus group discussions with Palestinian community safety stakeholders. The aim of these discussions was to draw out the perceptions of key stakeholders regarding the security situation in Hebron

This report highlights these discussions and presents the findings discussed and formulated by the participants themselves. The findings include:

  • safety deficit due the unstable political and socio-economic satiation in the governorate,
  • domestic insecurity and violence against women
  • accountability challenges of tribal reconciliation mechanisms, and
  • the lack of coordination between formal and informal security and justice institutions.

This reports aims to provide a set of detailed recommendations to the Palestinian authorities in charge of developing and implementing crime prevention and community safety strategies at governorate and national level. It also hopes to provide an informed input to stakeholders in Hebron who are involved in implementing the objectives outlined in the Hebron Community Safety Plan. Finally, it aims to help Palestinian citizens and decision-makers better understand the challenges related to crime prevention and community safety, with a focus on specific issues such as violence against women.

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Money Matters: Addressing the Financial Sustainability of Security Sector Reform

Although the financial sustainability of United Nations (UN) support to institutional capacity building in post-conflict contexts may be the least analysed topic on the peacebuilding agenda, understanding the costs of rebuilding and maintaining the security sector should be one of the most important priorities for security sector reform (SSR) practitioners today. Through innovative partnerships between the UN and the World Bank, a new and important practice area in public financial management of the security sector is beginning to take shape. This paper traces the new demands placed on peacekeeping operations to “get more bang for every peacekeeping buck”, and explores how to match SSR priorities and recurring costs in the security sector with available resources over the long term. In presenting the lessons learned from the security sector public expenditure review conducted by the UN and the World Bank in Liberia in 2012, the first such review jointly undertaken by the two organizations, the paper seeks to illustrate how the discussion on right-sizing of the security sector can go hand in hand with a discussion on right-financing in order to help prioritize key reforms pragmatically in light of the available fiscal space. Specifically, the paper provides SSR practitioners with insights into the challenges often encountered when assisting national authorities to address the political economy of SSR, and how to navigate those dilemmas.

To access the full report Money Matters: Addressing the Financial Sustainability of Security Sector Reform, kindly click on the link.

This paper is part of DCAF's SSR Papers series. Click on the link for more DCAF publications on security sector reform.

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The Contribution and Role of SSR in the Prevention of Violent Conflict

The prevention of violent conflict has traditionally been one of the core aims of SSR. While there are encouraging examples of the important contribution of SSR to preventing violent conflict, the experience of the broader international SSR community confirms that more must be done.

DCAF's UN-World Bank Prevention Report Input was developed as a contribution to the UN - World Bank Group study on the Prevention of Violent Conflict, drawing on examples from across DCAF as well as lessons from interventions further afield. 

The preliminary report was first presented at the UN General Assembly in September 2017, and was followed by a series of dissemination events worldwide. The full study was published in March 2018. For full access to Pathways for Peace : Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict, kindly follow the link. 

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L’Alliance pour Refonder la Gouvernance en Afrique (ARGA)

L'Alliance pour refonder la gouvernance en Afrique (ARGA) est constituée d’acteurs africains et non africains convaincus que la paix et le développement du continent africain sont subordonnés à une profonde réinterrogation des fondements et non à une simple réforme de la régulation des affaires publiques. ARGA contribue à l’élaboration d’une pensée africaine et d’un projet africain de gouvernance. Au Mali ARGA a été créé en 2008, en vue de contribuer à l’émergence de meilleures pratiques de gestion des affaires publiques, d’organisaton et de mobilisation des acteurs en vue de la gouvernance au niveau local, régional et national.

Vous pouvez accéder aux Policy Brief sur les liens suivants: Recalibrer le rôle de la société civile dans le processus de mise en œuvre de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité au MaliOù en sommes-nous avec la réforme du secteur de la sécurité au Mali ?, rédigés par Ambroise Dakouo, pour lequel le DCAF a contribué à la revue et l'édition.

La dernière contribution du DCAF au Policy Brief de l'ARGA intitulée Et les prisons dans tout ça ?  et rédigée par Ornella Moderan, peut être téléchargée ci-dessous. 

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Monitoring Security Services: A Guide for Ombuds Institution

This Series of Monitoring Products is designed to facilitate the work of National Human Rights (Ombuds) Institutions on monitoring the security sector. The series provides guidance on relevant best practices and may also be used for relevant capacity development trainings. DCAF has also developed a number of products to assist Ombuds institutions on both broad and highly specific oversight and policy challenges, particularly in terms of gender equality and human rights monitoring within the armed forces. 

For further information on Monitoring Security Services: A Guide for Ombuds Institution, please kindly follow this link.

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Monitoring Law Enforcement: A Guide for Ombuds Institutions

This guide was produced as part of a project initiated by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). The objective of the project is to develop knowledge products on monitoring law enforcement and security services, to be used in training activities for the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia (PDO).The content of this study may also serve as a basis for training other ombuds institutions in similar contexts.

For further information on Monitoring Law Enforcement: A Guide for Ombuds Institutions , please kindly follow this link. 

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The Role of The Media in Security Sector Governance: A Toolkit for Trainers

 

The objective of the toolkit is to present and discuss the role of journalists in overseeing the security sector and the different skills and methods journalists can use for this purpose. The toolkit aims to build on journalists’ existing knowledge and includes sessions on developing an understanding of the security sector, security sector reform and governance, media laws, access to information, planning stories related to security and a session on social media and security sector governance. It offers training sessions and material for media trainers to build the capacity of journalists and editors in the media’s role security sector governance and reform.

The toolkit focuses on the following :

Tool 1: Using the Toolkit and Acquiring Training Skills

Tool 2: The Media and Security Sector Governance

Tool 3: Media Freedom and Security Sector Governance

Tool 4: Access to Information and Security Sector Governance

Tool 5: Reporting Community Safety

Tool 6: Social Media and Security Sector Governance

For further accessing the document on The Role of The Media in Security Sector Governance: A Toolkit for Trainers , please kindly follow the link. 

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Military Justice in Ukraine: A Guidance Note

This note looks at the possibility of restoring military courts in Ukraine in light of recent international practice. It provides related recommendations, and explores how lessons learnt can guide the drafting of related legislation on Military Justice. The note is primarily addressed at parliamentarians, civil servants, legal experts, nongovernmental organisations and other actors involved in drafting or amending military justice legislation. It may also serve as a useful reference tool for researchers, students and security officials interested in security sector legislation in Ukraine and the wider region.

For full access to Military Justice in Ukraine: A Guidance Note, please follow the link. 

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Understanding Military Justice: A Practice Note

This Practice Note was produced by DCAF in its capacity as the Chair of the Security Sector Reform Working Group (SSR WG) of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC). The note reviews the theory and history of Military Justice in the context of Eastern and Central Europe, as well as countries of the Former Soviet Union and aims to assist practitioners in related reform processes by outlining the guiding principles of Military Justice and providing comparative analysis of legal models in various areas, including the judiciary. The note is primarily addressed at parliamentarians, civil servants, legal experts, nongovernmental organisations and other actors involved in drafting or amending military justice legislation, as well as, security officials, researchers, students, and anyone interested in security sector legislation.

For further access and information on Understanding Military Justice: A Practice Note, please kindly follow the link. 

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Key Issues and Policy Recommendations 9 : Ukraine's SSR Accomplishments and Plans

This publication offers the Key Issues and Policy Recommendations based on the results of the Ninth International Conference “Ukraine’s Security Sector Reform: Accomplishments and Plans”. Ukraine, in challenging circumstances, has made significant achievements in strengthening its national defence capabilities and developing its national security system. This has been possible due to the joint efforts of the Ukrainian government and society, and the unprecedented level of external support provided by Western entities: individual states, governmental and non-governmental organisations alike. The Ninth Conference was the last among a series of events held in the framework of the two-year project, which goals were to develop multi dimensional opportunities to support reform efforts and assist in the development of democratic governance in the Ukrainian security sector. The final event aimed not only to summarise the results of the project, but also to assess Ukraine’s SSR achievements, and also to examine how such achievements align with the strategic objectives of the project; namely, to identify the most problematic reform areas.

For accessing the full article on Key Issues and Policy Recommendations 9 : Ukraine's SSR Accomplishments and Plans , please kindly follow this link. 

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Mapping Study: Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal

This mapping study project on ombuds institutions for the armed forces in francophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa draws on extensive research undertaken as part of a previous OIF-DCAF research project in 2013 entitled “Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal”.

The objectives of the mapping study are to develop a comprehensive analysis of the activities and role of the ombuds institutions; to identify factors that may facilitate or hinder the establishment and functioning of such institutions; to encourage ombuds institutions to deal with the armed forces and to improve the functioning and effectiveness of existing institutions; and to involve the ombuds institutions of the states concerned in the global process of exchanging good practice and experience between existing ombuds institutions.

For full access to the report Mapping Study: Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal, please kindly follow the link. 

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Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Security Sector Reform

This tool is intended for use by policymakers, NGOs and international actors supporting SSR and/or the design and implementation of SCR 1325 National Action Plans. The focus of the Tool is national-level implementation of the standards set by the four United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security (SCRs 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) in security sector institutions.

Reflecting the text of the resolutions, the Tool focuses on reforms in the defence forces, police and the justice sector. Issues examined include: DDR, vetting, specialised services for victims of sexual violence, prosecution of violence against women in armed conflict, measures to increase women’s leadership in police and defence organisations and to promote deployment of women in peacekeeping, peacekeepers’ training , operational strategies to prevent sexual violence, and gender justice. The Tool will also examine progress made in promoting the participation of women in security decision-making, and in integrating Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 in national security policy-making, including through national action plans.

For full access to Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Security Sector Reform, please follow the link. 

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Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector

Information about sexual violence perpetrated during armed conflict is scarce, scattered and selective. Policy makers, donors and humanitarian groups consistently call for better documentation of sexual violence in conflict. This Global Overview demonstrates the horrifying scope and magnitude of sexual violence in armed conflict. It brings to light sexual violence in the world’s underreported conflicts, as well as in those countries where it is notoriously commonplace, and highlights the shared and varying vulnerabilities of specific popu lation groups within and between regions. The report also shows that sexual violence is not confined to African or European conflicts, or to conflicts in developing or developed nations, but is a global scourge.

This report, Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector, proposes various ways in which the security and justice sectors can improve or develop strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict and postconflict situations. It is a resource for security sector agencies, as well as for policymakers and researchers, civil society groups and humanitarian agencies that work with affected populations and security agencies. DCAF hopes that this report will challenge security institutions to develop their own good practice standards in responding to conflict-related sexual violence.

For full access to the report, Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector, please follow the link. 

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SSR Backgrounder - National Security Policies

The SSR Backgrounders provide concise introductions to topics and concepts in good security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). The series summarises current debates, explains key terms and exposes central tensions based on a broad range of international experiences. The SSR Backgrounders do not promote specific models, policies or proposals for good governance or reform but do provide further resources that will allow readers to extend their knowledge on each topic. The SSR Backgrounders are a resource for security governance and reform stakeholders seeking to understand but also to critically assess current approaches to good SSG and SSR.

This SSR Backgrounder is about the role of national security policies in good security sector governance (SSG). National security policies are high-level documents that establish the overarching priorities and values that guide state security provision, management and oversight. For this reason national security policies are also necessary for effective SSR. This backgrounder explains how formulating a national security policy can contribute to good SSG.

For full access to the SSR Backgrounder, National Security Policies, please follow the link.  

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Supporting Enhanced Dialogue on Private Military and Security Companies

Since the 2009 proposed expansion of the questionnaire, no qualitative analysis of pS reporting on PMSCs has been carried out. A thorough analysis of the information provided by pS could be useful to other OSCE pS in the development of their own regulations and oversight of PMSCs. Furthermore, no research has been conducted on possible gaps in oversight and regulation of the private security industry across the OSCE regions. In consideration of this, the Conflict Prevention Centre has tasked the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) to carry out an analysis of pS’ responses to the voluntary reporting on PMSCs.

The analysis focuses on OSCE's efforts in the regulation and oversight of PMSCs and identifies additional avenues to support States’ reporting. The paper also aims at filling the research gap in understanding OSCE pS’ experiences and how they have engaged with the reporting on PMSCs in the Information Exchange. It also gives an insight on how OSCE institutions and international regulatory initiatives can support OSCE participating States as they seek to overcome challenges in the regulation of PMSCs.

To read the report Supporting Enhanced Dialogue on Private Military and Security Companies, please follow the link.

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Addressing Security and Human rights challenges in complex environments

This Toolkit is part of a joint DCAF-ICRC project that draws on the experience of the two organisations in order to support companies and other actors facing security and human rights challenges in complex environments. 

As part of this project, DCAF and the ICRC have also developed a Knowledge Hub. While the Toolkit and the Knowledge Hub are intended to have a wide application beyond the extractives sector, they were developed to reflect the commitment of both organisations as official Observers to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs).

In order to read, Addressing Security and Human rights challenges in complex environments, please follow the link.

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Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations

This baseline study has been commissioned by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in the framework of the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations. The Elsie Initiative aims to develop innovative measures in order to “move from slow, incremental progress to transformational change regarding women’s meaningful participation in peace operations.” The proportion of female police and military peacekeepers remains well below UN targets. Research suggests that the main reason behind the small numbers seems to be a variety of challenges and barriers to uniformed women deploying to PKOs. This baseline study compiles and analyses research published to date on the topic.

The study identifies and describes 14 barriers to the deployment of uniformed women in PKOs, which can be organized in six main categories: (1) equal access to opportunities, (2) deployment criteria, (3) the working environment, (4) family constraints, (5) equal treatment during deployment, and (6) career-advancement opportunities.

For full access to the report, Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, please follow the link. 

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Supporting Ukraine’s Security Sector Reform: Mapping Security Sector Assistance Programmes

This Mapping Study seeks to support international engagement on security sector reform in Ukraine by identifying the extent and scope of current rule of law, security sector governance (SSG) and democratic oversight programming. By covering international and regional organisations’ initiatives, as well as national projects, the Study seeks to comprehensively map programmes assisting Ukraine’s democratic institutions, executive, government, independent oversight institutions, civil society, media and the security sector itself.

For full access to the report, Supporting Ukraine’s Security Sector Reform, please follow the link. 

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Mise en œuvre des résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité

Le Dossier « Mise en œuvre des résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité » fait partie de la Boîte à outils « Place du genre dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité ». Conçue pour expliquer de manière empirique aux décideurs et aux praticiens les questions de genre au regard de la RSS, cette Boîte à outils se compose de treize dossiers, accompagnés des notes pratiques correspondantes. Ce dossier répond notamment à des questions telles que: En quoi consistent les résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité ? En quoi les résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité sont-elles importantes pour la RSS ? Comment les résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité peuvent-elles être appliquées dans la RSS ? Le dossier intègre aussi les questions relatives à la problématique « femmes, paix et sécurité » à inclure dans un examen préliminaire à la RSS. 

Pour accéder à l'intégralité du dossier, Mise en œuvre des résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité, veuillez suivre le lien.

Vous pouvez aussi accéder à une note pratique sur l'Application des résolutions sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité dans la réforme du secteur de la sécurité en suivant ce lien.

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Gender Bias and the Law: Legal Frameworks and Practice from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Beyond

This publication is the first comprehensive review of gender bias in criminal and civil legal practice and court rulings in the Western Balkans and makes an important contribution to the topic internationally. The Gender Bias and the Law Handbook answers the question, Why Does Gender Matter? The purpose of the Handbook is to provide law students with a greater awareness of the existence of gender bias in court proceedings and to expand their understanding of how gender bias is manifested in the application of law within the social context of BiH.

For full access to Gender Bias and the Law: Legal Frameworks and Practice from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Beyond, kindly follow the link.

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Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform

The sixth edition in the DCAF Yearly Book Series is dedicated to an imperative that underpins all of DCAF’s analytical and operational activities: local ownership. This concept has become a sine qua non of good practice in the field of security sector reform (SSR). It is prominent in such important points of reference as the recent report of the United Nations Secretary-General on SSR and the OECD DAC Handbook on Security System Reform: Supporting Security and Justice. However, it is widely recognised that local ownership is less evident in terms of its implementation on the ground in concrete SSR programming. This gap between policy and practice provides the point of departure for the 2008 DCAF Yearly Book on Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform.

To access the full book, Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform, please follow the link provided. 

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SSR Backgrounders

The SSR Backgrounders are a concise, accessible, ‘first-stop’ resource for practitioners, policy-makers and anyone who wants to get up to speed quickly on the basics of SSR. They offer a coherent and consistent conceptual foundation on which DCAF’s wide range of knowledge products can build more specialized knowledge. 

SSR Backgrounders app

The SSR Backgrounders app makes the SSR Backgrounders and SSR Papers series, as well as a broad range of DCAF handbooks and toolkits, accessible on smartphones and tablets. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Available in French

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Learning Lab on ‘Improving Security Sector Governance in Africa’

The African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Geneva Democratic Centre for the Control on Armed Forces (DCAF) with funding support from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) organised a workshop in Dakar (Sénégal) from 26 – 27 April 2016. The workshop was themed Improving Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa : a Learning Lab.”

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…If it (SSR) is treated as a technical process abstracted from national political, security, socio-economic and cultural realities, it will not succeed. 

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Despite multiple reasons why SSR in Africa is difficult examples of reform examples of reform also show that significant opportunities to move towards more democratic security governance do exist. The ‘Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa’ drew on the experience of academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in this field in order to explore these challenges and identify ways to move forward in spite of them. To support these reflections, the Background Paper, Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa provides a baseline understanding of SSG/R concepts, policies and practice. It then considers key challenges for SSR in Africa before assessing programming gaps and potential entry points for engagement. The Background Paper is complemented by six Think Pieces, which are intended to help shape discussion during the different sessions of the Learning Lab.

The Learning Lab was a two-day workshop-event drawing together predominantly African experts (researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners) with practical experience of the security sector, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Security Sector Governance (SSG) in Africa. The Lab began with an introductory session which was graced by the presence of His Excellency Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

The bulk of the Lab took the form of six moderated sessions, underpinned by the six following Think Pieces:

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experience has shown that important progress can be made when internal and external support for reform align at opportune moments for change.

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In light of the opportunities and challenges to SSR processes identified, a concluding session summarised options and recommendations for potential entry points for African and international engagement in promoting an African governance-driven SSR approach based on accountability, rule of law and human rights.

As well as the six Think Pieces, this blog highlights practical implications for identifying the challenges of SSR processes: Moving from concept to practice: SSR in West Africa.

The resources are also available in français.

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Putting Private Security Regulation into Practice: Sharing Good Practices on Procurement and Contracting 2015–2016

This study highlights good practices and clarifies the landscape of existing procurement and contracting systems in international organisations and states. The study: 1) summarises relevant existing instruments related to human rights-based procurement of private security companies; 2) outlines the essential stages of a procurement process, and; 3) shares good practices from selected case studies. Through this, the study aims to support the development and implementation of procurement and contracting policies based on international human rights standards.

For full access to the scoping study, Putting Private Security Regulation into Practice: Sharing Good Practices on Procurement and Contracting 2015–2016, kindly follow the link. 

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The Security Sector and Gender: A survey of the National Police, Civil Protection, the Armed and Security Forces, the Justice system and Penal services of Mali

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This report by DCAF aims to systematically document the status of gender integration within the security sectors in Mali.

The report is designed to be a resource for people working in, or with, security sector institutions; for those interested in governance and development in Mali; and for those involved in gender-related issues. It combines information gathered by in-country researchers, interviews, document analysis and desk research. Much of the data in this report has never before been published.

The survey is guided by the following two questions: Are security sector institutions providing adequate response to the different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls? What steps have been taken to create internally equitable, representative and non-discriminatory institutions?

The report contains two main sections: an introduction and key findings for each security sector actor implicated in the study. The introduction provides background on the survey rationale, methodology and research challenges. The summary and findings present easy-to-read yet detailed information structured by the indicators on national governance, police services, civil protection, armed forces and security forces, the justice system and penal services.

For the full DCAF report on The Security Sector and Gender: A survey of the National Police, Civil Protection, the Armed and Security Forces, the Justice system and Penal services of Mali, kindly follow the link.

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DCAF Annual Report 2016

DCAF Annual Report 2016, Promoting Good Governance of the Security Sector captures DCAF’s contribution to wider peace, security and development goals and focuses on DCAF’s :

  • Direct support to improve security and justice provision in over 70 countries worldwide, including in many fragile and post-conflict contexts;
  • Assistance to bilateral donors and multilateral organizations in their delivery of effective and coherent support to nationally-led security sector reform processes;

The DCAF Annual Report provides an overview of the organization’s achievements over the last year, and also outlines he direction that DCAF wishes to pursue in the future.

For full access to the DCAF Annual Report 2016, Promoting Good Governance of the Security Sector, kindly follow the link. 

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Interactive timeline of the democratic transition and security sector reform in Tunisia

DCAF launches an interactive timeline on the democratic transition in Tunisia. The timeline documents over 425 events since the end of 2010, divided into four parallel processes:

  • political process
  • transitional justice
  • security sector reform
  • security incidents

It provides a comprehensive overview of the progress of governance in the areas of security and justice in Tunisia since the end of 2010 until today. It, therefore, enables:

  • anyone interested to review the key moments of the democratic transition in Tunisia;
  • researchers and stakeholders involved in the security sector reform in Tunisia to better understand the connection between events and processes and to draw lessons for the future.

Each event includes a short description and provides links to the main press reports covering it.    

In developing the interactive timeline, DCAF has tried to be as exhaustive as possible. However, DCAF also invites anyone interested to make proposals for the ongoing development and improvement of the interactive timeline.

The timeline is available in French only. 

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Factsheet on NATO Documents and Initiatives on Gender and Security

In the last decade, NATO has shown keen interest in integrating gender in military operations as well as empowering women throughout its operations and internal structures, led by the advances in women’s integration in some of its key militaries. Several working groups as well as member institutions of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) have concomitantly taken steps to integrate gender in their activities. This factsheet was compiled by the Security Sector Working Group (SSR WG) of the PfPC. Its aim is to provide an overview of existing gender policies, structures, resources and initiatives in NATO and Partner Countries. The factsheet also seeks to identify complementary efforts by the PfPC and its stakeholders in integrating gender, with a view to inform cooperation in joint research, outreach and expert formation in the PfPC context, as well as to serve as the basis for identifying complementary areas of activity.

Download the report on DCAF's website.

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DCAF Annual Report 2014

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The Annual Report covers DCAF’s cooperation with international organisations, regional cooperation, global issues over the last year, activities of DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team, etc. The Annexes include updated information on DCAF’s organisational structure, details on DCAF accounts for 2014, DCAF's most recent publications and more.

Le rapport annuel du DCAF de 2014 est aussi disponible en français

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Backstopping: Swiss Mandate in Honduras

The rule of law architecture in Honduras is weak. Organised crime and a strong youth gang culture— involved in extortion and in activities linked to the drug trade (Honduras is on the main drug trafficking route from South America to the US)—represent significant challenges. The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in  Honduras (MACCIH), established via a recent signed agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and Honduran Government will seek to dismantle corruption networks operating in the country. Although different from the International Commission against impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the OAS mission will still offer independency and the ability to closely follow the actors of the justice and security sector.

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Aligning Protection of Civilians and SSR

Experience from UN peacekeeping

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Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP) Factsheet

DCAF's Police Integrity Building Programme aims to provide guidance to a broad range of actors; government officials, decision makers, senior/mid-level police leaders, oversight authorities and citizens, on how to develop and sustain police services that function in line with the democratic standards of accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. 

For the full factsheet on the Police Integrity Building Programme, kindly download the document. 

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Programme Design: Assisting Sweden to design programmes to support Community Policing in Albania

ISSAT has reinforced Sweden in its support of the MoI and ASP over the past five years to develop Community Policing in Albania. The first mandate in 2010-2011 was to help design the programme: Swedish support to Albania on Community Policing (SACP). It focused on three areas:

1) support for the identification and start-up of a performance management mechanism for the ASP;

2) partnership development, including youth and police partnerships; and

3) tackling domestic violence.

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Security and safety from the bottom up: hybrid security governance

This Think Piece prepared by Niagalé Bagayoko for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa addresses the implications of hybrid security for Security Sector Reform (SSR).  After presenting the challenges institutions operating alongside or within nominally formal political institutions bring to SSR, the author calls for better identifying the interactions and interpenetrations of formal and informal networks that constitute as a whole “hybrid security orders”.

In order to build a better understanding of all the actors, particularly informal actors, who have an influence on the security sector at large and can thus affect SSR processes, the author proposes some entry points: to map out the informal actors and the informal norms, solidarities, and networks in the security sector; to build capacity to orient their activities towards supporting SSR; to help develop empirically grounded programmes and policies; and to help in the design of oversight as well as monitoring and evaluation processes.

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DCAF Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP)

This document is a presentation about DCAF's Police Integrity Building Programme, which touches upon certain aspects of the programme, such as the Training Manual, the Toolkit and the E-Learnings.

For full access to the presentation on the PIBP kindly download the document.

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The Nepali Security Sector: An Almanac

This Almanac contains articles from senior politicians across the major political parties, academics, journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers who have been engaged in public and academic debates and in policy making in the area of security sector reform. The book seeks to contribute to the security sector reform process by offering open source information, data and analysis on all related areas like the military, police, intelligence and the overall role of government. It offers perspectives not only from major political parties but also from the media, human rights and constitutional/legal areas and will thus serve as an important reference data bank for future discussions on the democratic transformation of Nepal’s security sector.

The book is a joint project of DCAF and NPC (The National Peace Campaign). In May 2009, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the UK proposed to DCAF and NPC as its local partner, to embark on a comprehensive capacity building programme on behalf of the Constituent Assembly and the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The programme supports the peace process and facilitates a comprehensive parliamentary role in oversight issues, and stakeholder engagement with the security sector of Nepal. The programme seeks to empower parliament and civil society on security sector governance issues in a structured, locally owned process sensitive to Nepali values and customs.

The Almanac studies the structure and orientation of the security sector in Nepal. It aims at contributing towards transparency in the security sector, and greater civilian involvement in the analysis and documentation of security sector institutions and processes.

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Protecting a democratic public space: maturing civil-military relations

This think piece, prepared by Boubacar N’Diaye and Eboe Hutchful (ASSN) for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa, looks at the challenges and implications to improve ‘civil-military relations’ (CMR) for a better protection of a democratic public space. The document explains how, since the end of the Cold war, the academic field of CMR has gone into decline whilst SSR has been ascending. If CMR focused insufficiently on the micro-politics of security institutions, it is argued that SSR has not necessarily resulted in integrated approaches. SSR is thus particularly challenged in this sector, with weak budgetary and expenditure controls and corruption in the security sector. There is also a potential for reversals in current CMR, as has been demonstrated recently in Uganda and Congo-Brazzaville, where police, military and paramilitary forces were used to violently suppress protests. To engage in efforts to improve CMR in Africa, it is argued that it is important to identify states where efforts already started, under the leadership of a new generation of military leaders who are willing to embrace new roles and responsibilities for civilian institutions.

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Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP): PIBP Strategy and Tools

The PIBP was designed to assist countries in their efforts to develop and maintain police services that function with the highest level of integrity.

The PIBP strategy is comprised of two strands including awareness-raising activities and capacity-building initiatives, which are combined to support police services in developing measures relevant to their needs and context.

To support and complement different PIBP activities, DCAF developed several capacity building tools.

They include:

-          The Toolkit on Police Integrity

-          The Training Manual on Police Integrity

-          Two E-learning courses on Police Integrity. 

For the briefing notes about the PIBP Strategy and Tools, kindly download the document.

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The changing face of security provision: commercial security providers and the privatisation of security

This Think Piece prepared by Alan Bryden for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa explores the issue of private security. The paper highlights a lack of knowledge or understanding on the scale, activities, and implications of the private security industry in Africa. Private security provision, and the lack of knowledge on the topic, can affect Security Sector Reform (SSR) in a variety of ways: the state has an incomplete view of the actors providing security on the national territory, there is a blurring of roles and responsibilities between public and private security, private security can result in greater security for some while leaving insecurity to others, and security privatisation remains somewhat neglected in programmatic responses.

The author proposes some entry points to engage with private security and better understand the related issues. Fostering African research capabilities can further the development of an evidence base to increase the visibility of the issue, while developing the legal and policy frameworks on oversight and accountability is a step to control the growth and evolution of the private security sector. Furthermore, the author argues for supporting capacity building of security sector management and oversight bodies, for empowering civil society, and leveraging international initiatives to create momentum for change.

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Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa | Background Paper

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Outdated legal frameworks, under-capacitated parliaments, and submissive judicial authorities fail to provide the oversight, transparency or accountability that is required to protect human rights and uphold the rule of law. 

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What is difficult about SSR in Africa? On one level, the framing conditions are undoubtedly challenging. Change of the kind that SSR aims for is measured in decades – even generations – rather than the months or years that measure national political cycles or donor programmes. Moreover, in most contexts the resources to support transformational change have also been scarce, whether human, material, technical or financial. On a more fundamental level, SSR is highly political and context-specific. If it is treated as a technical process abstracted from national political, security, socio-economic and cultural realities, it will not succeed.

There are also undoubted weaknesses and gaps in current SSR approaches. Different understandings of what SSR involves and who it concerns have led to flawed interventions that bred mistrust and suspicion, including between national and international understandings of reform.

The fact remains that freer and fairer democratic societies require more accountable and more effective security provision. In spite of the factors that limit progress in SSR, experience has shown that important progress can be made when internal and external support for reform align at opportune moments for change. New legal architecture for state security provision, fairer and more inclusive security recruitment, broader-based access to justice, more efficient management and oversight, and increased public scrutiny of security affairs are examples of reform that mark valuable progress in security governance. Moreover, progress can materialise in unexpected and intangible forms; thus, some of the most catalytic changes in people’s experiences of security have flowed from apparently subjective shifts in attitudes towards things like more inclusive security policy-making, greater sensitivity to human rights in security provision, or a strengthened resolve among overseers to make the most of their legal authority.

The ‘Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa’ drew on the experience of academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in this field in order to explore these challenges and identify ways to move forward in spite of them. To support these reflections, this Background Paper provides a baseline understanding of SSG/R concepts, policies and practice. It then considers key challenges for SSR in Africa before assessing programming gaps and potential entry points for engagement. This Background Paper is complemented by six Think Pieces, which intended to help shape discussion during the different sessions of the Learning Lab.

Access all material related to the ‘Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa’ to find out more.

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Towards a regional agenda for security sector governance and reform: Opportunities and challenges for the African Union and ECOWAS

This think piece, prepared by Ornella Moderan (DCAF) for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa, looks at the opportunities and challenges for the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the development of a regional agenda for security sector governance and reform. If major steps have already been made with the African Union Policy Framework on Security Reform (2013) as well as with the work of ECOWAS to develop a common normative framework, the transposition of theoretical standards into practice remains a challenge. Providing member states with multidimensional support also poses a number of questions in terms of their own mandates and capacities. The implications for SSR are outlined in the paper and these vary from contextualising international discourse on SSR to national ownership and regional support. Omella Moderan outlines various entry points for engagement, from fostering regional capacities for policy implementation to reinforcing AU-ECOWAS coordination.

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Designing Sample Gender Lessons - Second Workshop on Teaching Gender to the Military - After Action Report

DCAF co-organised a joint workshop entitled “Designing Sample Gender Lessons - Second Workshop on Teaching Gender to the Military” on behalf of the PfPC working group on SSR in collaboration with the education development working group and in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in December 2012. This event was a follow-up to the SSR working group’s previous workshop on teaching gender to the military, this time focusing on integrating educational best practices into the development of sample lesson plans for teaching gender to the military. The workshop brought together twenty experts on military education, gender training for the military and integrating gender in military operations, consolidating DCAF’s ongoing engagement in capacity building with NATO staff on gender and SSR.

The After Action Report contains a summary of the workshop sessions, three sample lesson plans for teaching gender to the military, a list of best practices for teaching gender to the military, a checklist for gender curriculum review and a list of online resources.

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Evaluation: Dutch Mandate in Burundi

Burundi and the Netherlands have cooperated on SSR issues since 2004. This cooperation was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in 2009 to support a Security Sector Development (SSD) programme for a period of eight years (2009-2017). This programme was divided into four phases, each lasting two years, and a strategic plan was developed for each phase. While the SSD programme is currently suspended due to the political turmoil in Burundi, this programme is still worth mentioning as it gathered many of the SSR principles the international community is promoting. The programme took a holistic approach and included three pillars: support to the Ministry of Public Security (including the Burundian National Police), Ministry of Defence (including the Burundian Defence Forces), and Security Sector Governance. The SSD programme was developed with the main SSR principals in mind, including how to integrate local ownership into the programme design, balancing its support for greater effectiveness with more accountability of the security forces, as well as ensuring the link between the political and technical dimensions of a reform process. One of the programme’s particularities was its level of flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they arise or to adapt to a changing environment.

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Accountable and legitimate security through civilian democratic oversight and control

This think piece prepared by Sandy Africa (ASSN) for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa explains that civilian democratic oversight and control is a necessary, though not exclusive, precondition for accountable and legitimate security. By civilian democratic oversight is meant the exercise of the mandatory authority of one body to hold another to account. The author argues that in countries experiencing armed conflict, the civilian democratic oversight of the security sector is weak or non-existent. There is a window of opportunity to engage in civilian democratic oversight when there is a cessation of hostilities but even then, the immediate challenges are peacekeeping and peace enforcement. A more realistic prospect happens when there is a conducive and decisive shift in the political conditions.

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Encouraging Open Debate: The Essential Role of Civil Society and Media in Good Security Governance

This think piece prepared by Fairlie Chappuis (DCAF) for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa aims at encouraging open debate on the essential role of civil society and media in good security governance as well as the challenges they face. Civil society, by which is meant all groups that engage in voluntary collective actions in the public interest, has an essential role to play in order to ensure that the security sector is accountable, transparent and responsive to the public.  The paper outlines common factors in a variety of African contexts which make society activism and media engagement challenging. It then gives a list of entry points for engagement and how these can help to align civil society and media values with the principles of democratic security governance, human rights and rule of law.

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DCAF Annual Report 2017

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The DCAF Annual Report 2017 is a concise review of some of our key achievements and outputs over 2017. Presented in four clear sections, it covers the full spectrum of DCAF's mandate:

  • Providing SSR expertise around the world
  • Helping international SSR actors to enhance their own performance
  • Bringing real-world experience to policy development
  • DCAF governance and management 

For full access to DCAF's Annual Report 2017, please kindly follow the link. Alternatively, you can download it by clicking on the file below. 

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DCAF Performance Report 2017

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This is the second annual performance report that DCAF has developed as part of the implementation of its results-based management (RBM) system at the corporate level. After the successful completion of two piloting phases, the year 2017 marked the first period of full-scale implementation of the corporate approach to RBM.

This second performance report demonstrates that DCAF has effectively contributed towards improved governance of national security sectors in line with the rule of law and respect for human rights. The annex to the report provides a comprehensive overview of the projects and programmes, as well as key activities undertaken in 2017.

For full access to DCAF Performance Report 2017, please kindly follow the link.

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DCAF Factsheet: Increasing Security Sector Accountability in Mali

In the aftermath of the 2012 crisis in Mali, Security Sector Reform (SSR) emerged as both a vehicle for and a precondition of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, crucial not only to the immediate survival of the State but also to sustain long-term peace in the country and in the Sahel. DCAF, working in Mali since 2009, has been particularly involved in providing strategic and technical support to the SSR process in the context of the 2015 Algiers peace agreement. DCAF’s programme “Enhancing Security Sector Governance in Mali, 2017- 2020” seeks to support Malian stakeholders in creating democratically governed, effective and accountable security institutions as a foundation for sustainable peace and development.

Download the factsheet below to find more on DCAF's engagement in Mali. 

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