Junior Project Officer, Donor Relations

Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance

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 www.dcaf.ch and follow us on Twitter @DCAF_Geneva.

For our Operations Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, we are looking for a highly dedicated and dynamic individual to be our next:


Location: Geneva

Starting date: May 2023

Duration: 24 months, fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

The role

Reporting to the MENA Division’s Programme Development and Fundraising Manager, the Junior Project Officer, Fundraising will support the development and implementation of the division’s fundraising strategy, providing key research, programme development, and grant management support to MENA teams.

Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Support the identification of new fundraising opportunities, including researching and tracking donor strategies, instruments and funds;
  • Support the development of the MENA division’s fundraising strategy;
  • Support the articulation and implementation of tailored donor outreach and communication strategies;
  • Ensure tracking and management of donor communications and outreach;
  • Ensure efficient tracking of grant commitments and deadlines;
  • Support coordination of MENA teams to ensure grant commitments are delivered on time and of high quality;
  • Support donor cultivation through drafting of communication materials;
  • Support the development and organisation of donor-facing events;
  • Work with MENA teams to identify opportunities for donor cultivation in their projects and programmes;
  • Support the organisation of bi-annual TFNA Steering Committee meetings (including coordinating reporting, agendas, scheduling, facilitation, minutes, logistics, follow-up, etc.);
  • Support the development of quarterly narrative updates to TFNA members;
  • Support the development and submission of project concepts and proposals;
  • Support the development and submission of narrative and financial reports;
  • Prepare background summaries, speaking points, presentations, concept notes, and other documents as requested;
  • Support MENA teams to conduct monitoring, evaluation and learning for their projects, including through organising lessons learning exercises;
  • Support MENA teams to complete annual results-based management planning and reporting processes.

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in political sciences, international relations, law, development, security studies or related field;
  • Prior experience in fundraising and grant management in the non-profit sector would be distinct asset;
  • Excellent command of English; knowledge of French and Arabic would be highly desirable;
  • Excellent English writing skills and capacity to write and edit reports for publication;
  • Strong communication and organisational skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity, ideally familiarity with the MENA region;
  • 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 apply online at https://dcaf-flexperso.ch by 31st March 2023 (midnight), enclosing:

  • A one-page motivational statement in English, describing your motivation for the position, your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
  • A concise CV in English (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.

Due to the high number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 31 Mar 2023