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 comprises 63 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. Active in over 70 countries since its inception in 2000, 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 neutrality, 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 www.dcaf.ch
Our Communications Department is looking for a resourceful and proactive storyteller with plenty of ideas and inspiration to be our next:
Communications Officer (100 %)
Starting date: April 2020 upon mutual agreement
Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Communications Officer’s main responsibility will be to guard and enhance the reputation of DCAF and tell the story of our work and successes, and that of our partners. The Communication Officer will do this through:
Enhancing DCAF’s online presence through planning, creating, and curating high-quality, high-impact content tailored to DCAF’s channels and audiences;
Story gathering across DCAF’s departments, field offices, projects and activities and producing a variety of materials such as social media posts, photo essays, blogs, videos, articles, reports, etc;
Day-to-day management of the DCAF website, keeping the content up-to-date, on brand, representative of the variety of DCAF’s projects, activities and thematic areas;
Take a leading editorial and logistical role in the production of a variety of advocacy and outreach materials, including our Annual Report and Performance Report;
Support the organization and execution of DCAF events for stakeholders, partners, donors and the general public.
Contribute to the day-to-day implementation of DCAF’s communications strategy and provide cross-department support on activities such as events, launches, production of social media strategies, advocacy materials, reports and knowledge products.
Studies related to communications, journalism, digital marketing, or related fields
Three to five years of experience in storytelling, including crafting tailored content for websites, blogs, reports, social media, and other communication channels for diverse audiences ranging from decision makers to the general public
Proven experience working on social media and content management platforms such as Drupal.
Demonstrated passion for, and experience in, communicating complex and technical issues to a non-expert audience.
Ability to work independently and under pressure juggling multiple tasks. Excellent organisational skills and a high level of attention to detail essential.
Good eye for design and branding
Good understanding of communications principles, including knowledge about digital communications, current social media trends and tactics, and search engine optimization
A proactive approach to work and a problem-solving attitude.
Genuine interest in security and justice sector reform and governance a plus
Excellent working knowledge of French and English
Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite
a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience with a large scope for creativity and initiative
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25, 2020 with the subject heading Communications Officer 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.
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, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, 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.