Head of “Security & Law Programme”

Country: Switzerland;

City: Geneva

Vacancy added: 10.02.2016

Employer: Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Vacancy type: PhD position; PostDoc vacancy;

For whom: For researchers;

Resumes due: 31.03.2016

About the GCSP

The GCSP is an international foundation with 48 member states from across the globe. It has a longstanding reputation for providing forward-thinking and innovative solutions for policymakers concerned with international affairs and security in today’s complex, globalized world. Every year, the GCSP trains some 800 government officials, diplomats, military officers, international civil servants, NGO staff and representative from the private sector.

The Mission

The Head of Programme will lead the ‘Security & Law Programme’, which the GCSP will launch in autumn 2016. Starting this new Programme, the GCSP responds to the growing needs for dialogue, education and guidance in areas at the intersection between security policy and international law. This Programme will focus on the on-going debates regarding the law of armed conflicts and on the practical challenges in its implementation by armed forces. It will specifically address policy-makers and military officers, and provide them with practice-oriented training and research. Overall, the purpose of the ‘Security & Law Programme’ is to enhance their capabilities to understand emerging challenges and to address them both effectively and in accordance with recognized principles of international law.

Specifically, the Head of Programme will:

  • Develop and promote GCSP’s training, dialogue and research activities in areas at the intersection between security policy and international law, in line with the Centre’s long-term vision and strategy;
  • Consolidate existing executive courses on Security and Law; identify the legal challenges arising from a continuously evolving security environment and on this basis develop new courses that are relevant for policy-makers and military officers;
  • Clarify the law governing the relevant issues through practice-oriented research and foster solutions-oriented dialogue on these challenges among key stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic direction to the ‘Security & Law Programme’, ensuring consistency and coherence with GCSP’s mandate and strategic priorities;
  • Ensure the development of achievable strategic objectives for the Programme, supported by comprehensive and achievable implementation plans;
  • Lead and coordinate the design, development and substantive preparation, implementation and follow-up of a wide range of programme and project activities (such as courses, conferences, hosted events, presentations, workshops, public discussions, roundtables and visits);
  • Develop and maintain a network of experts related to the Programme’s activities;
  • Represent the Programme and the GCSP in relevant national and international fora that contribute to achieving established objectives;
  • Oversee, guide, and draft policy and position papers, training materials, background documents, reports, academic publications, press releases and public statements, and other communication materials of the Programme.

The successful candidate will have a track record of at least 15 years of relevant professional experience in international security policy and international law. She/he will tackle challenges in applying new ideas and innovative approaches, based on her/his entrepreneurial success. A Ph.D. in international law or a post-graduate degree in the same area with additional years of relevant thematic and functional experience is required. Professional experience as a military officer or military lawyer will be an important asset.

In soliciting applications for this position, the GCSP is seeking an individual with the following profile:

  • Professional experience and knowledge in strategic security policy-making and implementation in a governmental, military, or international institution;
  • Experience in project, programme and course curriculum design, implementation and delivery within a professional adult learning environment;
  • Access to a wide international network of experts;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Demonstrable experience with the media;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and preferably proficiency in French, knowledge of additional languages will be advantageous.
  • Swiss or UE national or holder of a valid Swiss permit.
How to Apply

Please send your full application file to https://www.jobup.ch/fr/emploi/1196391/head-security-law-programme/. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position from 1st July or 1st September 2016.

The GCSP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages applications of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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