Deputy Head, Gender and Security Division

Deadline: 15 September 2017

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: DCAF

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff. The organization is currently seeking an experienced, dynamic, and creative individual to serve as Deputy Head of the Gender and Security Division (activity level 100%). The selected candidate will provide daily management and oversight of the Gender and Security Division’s diverse policy and research portfolio related to gender equality in security sector governance and reform. The Deputy Head will be part of a professional team in Geneva and report to the Assistant Director, Head of the Gender and Security Division.

The Deputy Head is innovative and able to support his/her team in developing and implementing projects that capitalize on the expertise and strengths of the team while simultaneously addressing the specific needs of partners in a given context. The Deputy Head will advise the HoD on the strategic development of the Division, work collaboratively with other DCAF divisions, and oversee subordinate staff in project planning, implementation, and reporting.

This is a demanding position that, in addition to extensive expertise in gender and security, requires strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as a full understanding of policy development in multinational institutions, particularly the UN, EU, and OSCE, as well as other relevant national institutions. The post requires travel to different regions of the world.

Main responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation of the division’s policy research and policy outreach strategy.
  • Support the development and execution of GSD strategic and annual work plans on policy and research.
  • Ensure the alignment of policy and research activities with divisional goals and DCAF strategy.
  • Support international stakeholders, particularly the multilateral institutions, in gender and security related policy and guidance development processes.
  • Oversee the development and distribution of knowledge products.
  • Research, write, and/or edit knowledge products  for publication
  • Support the HoD in coordinating all GSD activities and programmes.
  • Represent DCAF and the Division internally and externally.
  • Oversee the development of periodic plans and reports; provide briefings and training.
  • Draft, review and present funding proposals to donors.

Education, competencies and experience

  • Master’s degree with extended experience in international affairs, public policy, governance, development, security studies, gender studies, or related disciplines.
  • 10+ year’s professional experience in positions of increased responsibility in the field of gender equality, and women, peace and security.
  • In-depth knowledge of the gender and security legal normative framework; familiarity with international policy discussions regarding gender and security, as well as security sector governance and reform.
  • Extensive experience in international policy influencing, with an emphasis on the United Nations and other multilateral organizations; solid network of connections to the major international stakeholders of the women, peace and security field.
  • Extensive experience in managing and supervising policy and applied research projects and programmes on gender equality and security, women, peace and security, and related fields.
  • Strong experience in writing and editing articles and other texts for professional publication. Solid track record in producing knowledge products (handbooks, toolkits, etc.)
  • Fluency in English with a good command of French. Excellent communication (verbal and written), presentational and drafting skills, with proven experience in addressing senior professional and political audiences.
  • Extensive experience in donor relations and fundraising for gender equality, human rights, or international development.
  • Proven experience supervising multicultural teams and providing guidance and direction to peers.
  • Experience leading the development and delivery of training packages on gender and security or related topics.

Personal competences and attitude

  • Proven management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills.
  • “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.
  • Ability to remain efficient within rapidly changing circumstances, to adapt positively to new tasks, responsibilities or people.
  • Speed, precision and accuracy in executing tasks.
  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.

How to apply:

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae and an application letter outlining how their qualifications meet the above requirements to the following address: gsd-recruit@dcaf.ch with the reference “Deputy Head GSD”


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