Finance Officer (80-100%), Business and Security Division

  • Added Date: Monday, 10 August 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 23 August 2020

DCAF โ€“ 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 capacityโ€building of both state and nonโ€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, 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 please visit

DCAFโ€™s Business and Security Division works with business, governments and communities to improve security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We are a strategic implementing partner for both the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) and an Observer to the Voluntary Principles on security and Human Rights (VPs). In partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), our work supports companies operating in complex environments to ensure that human rights are integrated into their business practices. For more information, please see:

For our Division, we are looking for a motivated and experienced individual to be our next:

Finance Officer (80-100%)

Location: Geneva

Starting date: 15 September 2020 or upon mutual agreement

Duration: 12 months fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension

The role

The Finance Officer is responsible for the financial reporting and oversight of the Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) and for providing accounting and finance management support to the Division. For more information on the SHRIM see:

Key areas of operation:

ยท Responsible for SHRIM financial oversight and reporting, budget management and external audits

ยท Liaise with SHRIM partners on financial requirements and reporting

ยท Assist in the drafting of budgets and financial due diligence for new SHRIM projects

ยท Process payments orders, expense claims, invoices and other finance documents. Keep central electronic files for internal reference, audits and donor reporting purposes

ยท Be the Divisionโ€™s point of contact for financial matters and liaise with DCAF Finance Department

ยท Monitor project costs and liaise with project leads

ยท Regularly report to the Head of Division on any financial matters that require management attention

ยท Ensuring the Divisionโ€™s compliance with all DCAF policies, procedures, rules and regulations related to financial resources issues.



ยท A degree and/or diploma in accounting

ยท At least five years of professional work experience in accounting and finance, preferably in the field of international development

ยท Proven track record in managing externally funded project budgets, producing financial reports for donors and preparing documentation for audits

ยท Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment

ยท Excellent administrative / organizational / financial management skills

ยท Ability to proactively plan and implement work, including managing multiple priorities

ยท Fluent in French and English (oral and written), fluency in German / Spanish appreciated

ยท Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (proficiency in Microsoft Excel) as well as of financial management software (notably Microsoft Dynamics NAV)

ยท Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite

We offer:

ยท a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience

ยท the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people

ยท 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

This vacancy is archived.

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