DCAF Chisinau: Key National Expert - National Governance Bodies (100%)

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 Europe and Central Asia Division, we are looking for a dynamic and highly qualified expert to be our next:

National Expert on National Governance Bodies (100%)

  • Location: Chisinau, Moldova 
  • Starting date: 1 January 2023
  • Note: The project is pending final approval of project donor. The actual employment and start date are conditional to the donor’s decisions.
  • Duration: 12-months fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension
  • Unit: Europe and Central Asia Division, Operations Department (OPS ECA)

Under the supervision and in collaboration with the Lead Expert in Geneva and the Head of Office in Chisinau, the incumbent will be supporting DCAF in the implementation of the project “Strengthening Security Sector Governance in Moldova” (SSGM).

The project aims to enhance good governance of the security sector and consolidate the democratic resilience of the Moldovan state and society by supporting a stronger democratic culture rooted in professionalism and performance in the public sector. Fostering the executive and legislative capacity to contribute to security policy design, legislative development and meaningful oversight, the project will facilitate exchange between state institutions, civil society, and citizens to build cross-societal partnerships and promote democratic values and principles.

Overall Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide expert advice to project beneficiaries and SSGM project team on developments and activities pertaining to the Moldova’s national security, Parliament, Supreme Security Council (SSC), other security governance bodies, and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Provide expert advice on Moldova’s strategic, legal and regulatory framework relevant for national security governance.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of project activities aimed at enhancing institutional capacity and expertise in national institutions and civil society.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of project activities aimed at fostering multistakeholder dialogue between state and non-state actors.
  • Under the guidance and in cooperation with the Lead Expert in Geneva, establish communication channels and maintain good work relations with national and international stakeholders relevant to the implementation of the SSGM project.
  • Liaise with the Lead Expert and other Geneva-based staff, as necessary, to ensure proper project implementation.
  • Perform any other duties assigned to him/her by the Lead Expert for the implementation of DCAF activities in Moldova.


  • Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, security studies, human rights, or related field;
  • Minimum 7 years of working experience on issues related with security sector reform, democratic governance of security sector, democratic oversight, parliamentary development, rule of law, development assistance or EU integration.
  • A very good knowledge of government institutions and policy developments in Moldova;
  • A good knowledge on principles and practice of security sector reform and governance;
  • Knowledge of civil society organisations in Moldova;
  • Experience in results-based project management will be considered an asset;
  • Familiarity with adult learning theory and training development will be considered an asset.

Additional requirements:    

  • Moldovan citizenship/valid residency at the time of application is a pre-requisite;
  • Fluency in Romanian, and proficiency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Proven research, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and under tight deadlines.

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.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please apply online at https://dcaf-flexperso.ch by 4 December 2022, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF and this project.
  • a concise CV (maximum two pages) in English.

Note: The project is pending final approval of project donor. The actual employment and start date are conditional to the donor’s decisions.

Candidates are requested to provide an indication of their employment availability and preferred start date.

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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