Security Sector Reform Advisor | ReliefWeb

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.

ISSAT is a Department of DCAF. 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. It does this by working with a group of member states and multilateral 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. The ISSAT provides a deployable capacity to support its GBMs. Within ISSAT, the professional development and training (PDT) Service Line focusses on training design and delivery, professional development advice and mentoring for the benefit of our GBMs to enhance the their ability to deploy strategic SSG/R advisors. For more information, please see:

For our PDT service line, we are looking for a motivated and experience individual to be our next :

  • Security sector reform advisor– 100%
  • Location: Geneva (with regular travel)
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Duration: Permanent

The role

Reporting to the Head of PDT service line (as well as occasionally to other programme leads, depending on the tasks), the SSR Advisor will work mainly in relation to ISSAT’s PDT mandates, with additional activities across other service lines (Advisory field support and advocacy (AFS), outreach and knowledge (OAK).

Key areas of operation

  • Contribute to the development of ISSAT and PDT strategic priorities
  • Participate in discussions with ISSAT partners to identify and shape ISSAT professional development & training activities as well as other Justice and security sector activities as required
  • Lead or contribute to relevant field / training missions
  • Lead or support the provision of assistance to ISSAT GBMs in developing their policies and strategies for SSR support
  • Adapt and/or develop innovation, methodologies and approaches to support SSR, including developing practical operational guidance tools, designing and delivering training and workshops and contributing to preparing and sharing knowledge products
  • Support the implementation of ISSAT’s Programme of Work, by ensuring quality delivery of mandates and contributing to reporting, monitoring and evaluating.

Your experience

  • MA/MSc in International relations, security studies, political sciences, conflict studies, development or related field
  • 10 years of relevant work experience, including 5 years in an international advisory or training position
  • General SSR and governance expertise, combined with specialist skills in areas such as justice, police, defence, civil society etc.
  • Solid training and/or facilitation experience
  • Experience in working with and supporting governments, international bilateral partners and multilateral organisations
  • English and French, other languages an asset

Your skills

  • Excellent public speaking, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strategic mindset and skills
  • Excellent advisory skills
  • Training designing skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • 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

How to apply

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to [email protected] by 12 June 2022 with the subject heading ISSAT PDT SSR 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, neurodiversity, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

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


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