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Senior Prosecutions and Policing Expert at Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Ethiopia


Job Description

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 Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are seeking a: Senior Prosecutions and Policing Expert (m/f/d) Support to Criminal Justice Reform in Ethiopia

  • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Periodic travel to all Regions will be required.
  • Indicative Starting date: March 2023
  • Type of employment: full time
  • Indicative Ending date: 14October 2025

Description of the Assignment

DCAF is searching for a replacement for Key Expert 2 of the EU-funded tender: “Support to Criminal Justice Reform in Ethiopia.” The overall objective of the programme of which this contract will be a part is as follows: Increased rule of law, respect for human rights and access to justice for all.

The purpose of this contract is to support the Government of Ethiopia in its efforts to reform the criminal justice system in Ethiopia through the provision of ongoing technical assistance, advice and support to key institutions involved in the reforms and to ensure increased access to justice for all.

Specific experience in Ethiopia working on criminal justice is a strong advantage.

Required Skills and Competencies

Qualifications and skills

  • Degree in law, policing, human rights or related field. Post-graduate degree in relevant field would be an advantage.

General professional experience

  • At least 10 years’ experience in criminal justice / justice sector / policing reform.
  • Experience in aid delivery methods and in implementation of international cooperation projects/programmes.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity; interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.
  • Computer literacy, excellent report writing skills and ability to produce quality documents.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in Africa is a requirement. Specific experience in Ethiopia would be considered an advantage.

Specific professional experience

  • Previous experience as a prosecutor or senior member of a police service is required. Specific experience in Sub-Saharan Africa will be an advantage.
  • Practical experience in designing and delivering capacity development activities for police and/or prosecutors.
  • Demonstrated experience in prosecution led criminal investigation.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of forensic evidence in criminal investigation and prosecution.
  • Demonstrated experience in the gender and rights-based approach, notably in the field of governance, rule of law and justice.

How to apply

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 Tuesday, 24 January 2023, enclosing:

  • A one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
  • A concise CV in English (maximum two pages)
  • List of 2 references

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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