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, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, DCAF has contributed 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 members represent over 50 countries and the Canton of Geneva. 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 visit and follow us on Twitter @DCAF_Geneva.

International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) is one of DCAF’s four Departments. ISSAT was 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. ISSAT does this by working with a group of member states and institutions (“Governing Board Members” or GBMs) 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. In addition, ISSAT oversees DCAF’s lead for the EU Security Sector Governance Facility, which provides a drawdown capacity specifically for the EU to assist its support to national authorities. For more information, please see:

For our department (ISSAT-specific mandates and the EU SSG Facility), we are looking for qualified individuals able to deploy on short term field assignments to join our roster. Roster members will be offered a one-year individual, renewable, drawdown contract for work carried out for ISSAT GBMs, and individual assignment contracts for work carried out under the EU SSG Facility. Assignments may vary from several days to several weeks, spread over a longer period of time. Location of work may vary from home based to field deployments in accordance with demand.

Roster members may be requested to reinforce ISSAT’s support to its GBMs in four main areas:

  1. Advisory field support may involve assessments, programme design, reviews and evaluations, monitoring frameworks, reviews and evaluations, coaching and mentoring
  2. Professional Development and Training involves development, organisation and delivery of training, as well as undertaking training needs assessments.
  3. Outreach and Knowledge encompasses publication of SSR methodologies, case studies and sharing of good practice and learning through pieces, blogs and a Community of Practice.
  4. Convening and facilitating coordination may involve support to projects to enhance whole of government/institution approaches to support, and expert inputs to joint discussions on specific contexts, themes or trends

Your profile

The Roster is made up of personnel who represent a repository of skills and competencies necessary in the field of security and justice sector governance and reform. These skills include both sectoral and geographical experience, as well as experience in broader governance, development and management fields.

Background and experience in one or more of the following (further thematics listed on

  • Security sector governance and reform;
  • Conflict management and peacebuilding;
  • Capacity and leadership development;
  • Non-state security providers, private security governance, public – private partnerships and security governance
  • Security sector and climate change / civil society / parliament / Media / gender / human rights
  • Police & gendarmerie, Border security, Penitentiary, Corrections
  • Defence and logistics, finance, human resources
  • Justice, customary and informal justice, transitional justice
  • Security and public financial management,
  • Political economy analysis

Our GBMs operate globally, so all context experience is welcome, with a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and the Eastern neighbourhood

  • Over 10 years of experience in the context of peace and development work
  • Advanced University degree in political science, international relations, security studies, development studies, conflict studies, or a related field
  • Fluent in English and/or French. Other languages desirable, particularly Arabic, German, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  • Strong communication capacities (oral and written), highly developed presentation, coaching and mentoring skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills strong emotional intelligence with ability to establish rapport in a multi-cultural setting, and work in politically sensitive environments.
  • Client-oriented and flexible;
  • Proven ability to deliver to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience of working in a multi-cultural, and multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent report writing skills for international partner audiences. Proven ability for concise analysis. 

Instructions for application 

If you think you are a good match for ISSAT’s roster, please send your application to by 31st MAY 2022, midnight (CET) with the subject heading “ISSAT - Roster” enclosing: 

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF. 
    • Please clearly state relevant themes, skills, languages and/or regions from the list matching your profile 
  • a concise CV (maximum two pages) 
  • a written example of a previous assignment / report 
  • 3 Referees with contact details (full name, position, relations to you, phone number and e-mail address) 
  • a proof of legal status as an independent consultant or as a company. For example: 
    • Swiss resident: AVS - AHV/IV Certificate 
    • EU resident: Certificate A1 form 
    • Other: Declaration of Honour (upon request) 
    • Company: proof of legal status 

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

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law

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Application Deadline: May 31, 2022 12:00