DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. DCAF contributes to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s Foundation Council brings together representatives of around 60 states. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). DCAF is guided by the operational principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. DCAF embraces and promotes values of accountability, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and respect. For more information please visit

DCAF’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Unit supports governments, parliaments, security providers and civil society in the LAC region by developing capacities and promoting norms and good practices to contribute to a more effective and transparent security sector that is properly overseen and accountable to the people it serves. Moreover, the Unit has strongly worked on contributing to gender-sensitive police services.

The LAC Units is looking for an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to be our next:

Project Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean (80-100%)

Location: Geneva (with travel opportunities to the field)

Starting date: 1. October 2021

Duration: 13 months, with the possibility to extend


The Project Coordinator will act as gender focal point within the Unit and thereby develop, lead, implement, and coordinate complex projects for the LAC Unit’s portfolio on gender, working collaboratively with DCAF’s Gender and Security Division (GSD) and other Divisions as well as external partners. The role may also involve coordinating gender assessments, leading training and capacity building activities and promoting gender mainstreaming throughout the LAC Unit’s work. This position requires thorough knowledge and expertise in gender and security, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Latin American and the Caribbean regional context, previous experience working in the region, as well as strong interpersonal and project management skills.


· Acting as gender focal point within the Unit and lead communication between HQ, implementing partners, and beneficiaries of the projects.

· Lead in the design, organization, and implementation of gender stand-alone and gender mainstreaming activities with various partners, including training, conferences, assessments, cutting-edge research in Latin America and the Caribbean.

· Develop, lead, coordinate and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks – including budgets and financial aspects – of projects and activities related to gender in Latin America and the Caribbean.

· In coordination with GSD, design and / or deliver training to external stakeholders on gender relevant topics.

· Monitor activity progress towards the defined outputs and outcomes of the projects through weekly meetings and monitoring tools.

· Draft internal and external narrative as well as contribute to enhancing the quality of the Unit’s reporting to the donor in keeping with project deadlines.


· Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in gender studies, international affairs, governance, development, security studies, or related disciplines.

· Demonstrated competence in gender and security (a minimum of 6 years, including a minimum of 3 years of relevant field experience).

· Excellent knowledge / demonstrated competence of the gender and security normative and policy framework, the WPS agenda, as well as of security sector governance and reform in the LAC region.

· Demonstrated experience in gender mainstreaming in operations, policy development, & training.

· Project management experience in developing and leading operational projects, including budget and financial management; proven track record of managing projects with national partners and country offices desired.

· Proven excellent analytical, report writing, and organizational skills.

· Versatile team player, with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment as well as personal commitment to principles of gender equality and diversity.

· Fluent Spanish and English, professional command of Portuguese and French are an asset.

· Swiss or EU citizenship, or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application, is a prerequisite.


· a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience with a role tied to an internal salary range.

· 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 by 26 August 2021 with the subject heading “Project Coordinator– LAC Unit”, enclosing:

· a one-page motivational statement in English or Spanish 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.

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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