National Expert on National Governance Bodies – Moldova

DCAF – Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within the framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights man and gender equality. Since its inception in 2000, DCAF has helped make peace and development more sustainable by helping partner states and international actors supporting those states to improve their security sector governance through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes standards and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity building for state and non-state actors in the security sector.

The members of the DCAF Board of Trustees represent more than 50 countries and the canton of Geneva. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centers 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 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
  • Start date: January 1, 2023
  • Note: The project is pending final approval from the project donor. Actual employment and start date depends on donor decisions.
  • Duration: 12-month fixed-term contract with possibility of extension
  • Unit: Europe and Central Asia Division, Operations Department (OPS ECA)


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

The project aims to strengthen 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. By building executive and legislative capacity to contribute to security policy design, legislative development and meaningful oversight, the project will facilitate exchanges between state institutions, civil society and citizens to build cross-societal partnerships and promote democratic values ​​and principles.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide expert advice to project beneficiaries and the SSGM project team on developments and activities regarding Moldova’s national security, Parliament, Supreme Security Council (SSC), other governance bodies security and civil society organizations.
  • Provide expert advice on Moldova’s policy, legal and regulatory framework relevant to national security governance.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of project activities aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity and expertise of national institutions and civil society.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of project activities aimed at fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue between state and non-state actors.
  • Under the guidance and in cooperation with the Senior Expert in Geneva, establish communication channels and maintain good working relationships with national and international stakeholders involved in the implementation of the SSGM project.
  • Liaise with the Senior Expert and other staff based in Geneva, as necessary, to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
  • Perform any other task assigned by the Senior Expert for the implementation of DCAF activities in Moldova.


  • Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, security studies, human rights or a related field;
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience on issues related to security sector reform, democratic governance of the security sector, democratic oversight, parliamentary development, rule of law, development assistance development or integration into the EU.
  • Very good knowledge of government institutions and political developments in Moldova;
  • Good knowledge of the principles and practice of security sector reform and governance;
  • Knowledge of civil society organizations in Moldova;
  • Experience in results-oriented project management will be considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and training development will be considered an asset.

Additional requirements:

  • Moldovan citizenship / valid residency at the time of application is a prerequisite;
  • Fluent in Romanian and fluent in English, both written and spoken;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Proven research, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

We offer:

  • an enriching, dynamic and stimulating work experience;
  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking, values-driven people;
  • the opportunity to contribute to improving the security of States and their populations within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

How to register

If you think you are a good fit for DCAF and the position advertised, please apply online at before December 4, 2022, by closing :

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

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

DCAF is committed to equal opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, age, disability, gender identity, religion or ethnic origin.

Individuals seeking to serve with DCAF in an individual capacity will be required, if shortlisted, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offense and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Helen D. Jessen