Job title:                       Project and Capacity Building Officer

Location:                     International Secretariat of DCI, Geneva, Switzerland

Working conditions:    40 hours/week for full-time/100% (80% may be proposed for this role), preferred start date by the end of January 2019, – some travel involved.

About Defence for Children International:

Defence for Children International (DCI) is a leading child rights-focused and membership-based grassroots movement placing all members on equal footing. Created during the International Year of the Child (1979), DCI coordinated the NGO input for the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most widely-ratified human rights treaty in history. DCI’s mandate is to ensure ongoing, practical, systematic and concerted action directed towards effective implementation of the human rights codified in the UNCRC, by means of its effective coordination between different levels (national, regional and international) and its active membership within key networks and fora. DCI counts with 37 grassroot organisations (National Sections and Associated Members) in five different continents, involving over 300 trained and specialized local staff and volunteers, who contribute daily to defend and protect the human rights of children.

Location and working environment:

This position is based at the International Secretariat (IS) of DCI in Geneva, Switzerland. The IS is composed of a small team of permanent staff working together with other temporary positions and interns; it promotes advocacy and lobbying activities, capacity building, representation and monitoring at the UN andother international or regional organisations on behalf of the entire Movement.

Overall responsibilities:

TheProject and Capacity Building Officer is in charge of project development and management of multiple projects mainly at the international and regional levels, as well as developing the capacity-building strategy for the DCI Movement. TheInternational Secretariat communicates in three official languages (English, French and Spanish).

Assigned duties:

  1. Project Development and Management
  2. GirlsAdvocacy Alliance (GAA): (joint programme aiming to eliminating gender-based violence and

The economic exclusion of girls and young women through strategic lobbying and advocacy).

  • Planning, implementation, follow-up, reporting and evaluation of the International Programme of the GAA in Geneva, jointly withinternational and country partners.
    • Technical assistance to country partners, includingwith DCI National Sections part of the Programme, on how to engage with UNhuman rights mechanisms in Geneva.
    • Identifying advocacy opportunities in Geneva toadvocate for GAA topics and liaise with country partners to ensureevidence-based information
    • Undertake desk-based research on GAA topics inliaison with country and international partners
  • DCI Regional Projects in implementation of the DCI Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021
    • Support DCI National Sections and Regional desks in the implementation of programmatic and project activities.
    • Support Regional projects with International andregional Advocacy.
    • Support Regional projects with communications andevent organisation.
    • Strengthen governance of regional projects andrelations with donors.

2. Capacity building

  • Facilitate and provide technical assistance and guidance to DCI National Sections on how to implement DCI’s Strategic Framework2017-2021.
  • Support DCI sections in their development(governance, membership, project management, project reporting…).
  • Support DCI sections in need of capacity-building, compliance and effective use of the tools, models and guidelines developed by the DCI-IS.
  • Coordinate and arrange training programs and workshops for DCI National Sections and regional projects as appropriate.
  • Strengthen knowledge-sharing, replication of good practices by Sections and development of tools to be used by the Movement.
  • Coordinate DCI’s engagement in project-related advocacy with mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, including through technical support and guidance to DCI National Sections.
  • Support DCI’s Working Groups on Violence Against Children and Gender.

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Masters degree (or equivalent work experience) in relevant field: international relations, law, human/child rights, political sciences or related field
  • An excellent command of both written and spoken English as well as good knowledge of Spanish; other languages (in particular French or Arabic) will be a distinct advantage
  • Minimum2 years’ experience in a position with similar responsibilities
  • Proven experience in Project Management
  • A good understanding of the functioning of the United Nations human rights mechanisms
  • Fully computer literate; skilled and confident user of Microsoft Office/365; knowledge of SharePoint is a distinct advantage  
  • Intercultural and interpersonal sensitivity and ability to represent DCI professionally in international fora
  • Proactive and can-do attitude, readiness to help out other team members as necessary
  • Ability to work in a team, with resource constraints and work in a complex multicultural environment 

DCI is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.


The Project and Capacity BuildingOfficer reports to the Executive Director and will work in close collaboration with the Advocacy Officer and the Outreach & Development Officer.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Preferred starting date by the end January 2019 or to be confirmed upon agreement. Due to short deadlines for the recruitment, this position is open toSwiss and EU nationals, as well as holders of a valid Swiss work permit.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to:

  • Produce a letter of intent including skills and relevant experience, and explaining her/his motivation to apply for this position (max.1,000 words in English);
  • Attach a full Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages) including a photo;
  • Provide the names and contact details of three referees including last two employers;
  • Send a writing sample in English and in Spanish.

Complete applications including all the above documents  should be sent to before 11 January 2019 (23:59 Geneva time), with the subject line “Application : Project and Capacity Building Officer.Only complete applications arrived within the deadline will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not receive a reply four weeks after the closing day, please consider that you have not been selected for the role this time.