Research Associate - Diplomatic Dialogue

Join us on a creative journey, to create a safer world, one dialogue at a time


The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation that supports peace, security and international cooperation. Established by the Swiss Confederation in 1995, the Centre is a leading executive education centre and a platform for dialogue with a board comprised of 52 States (including all the permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations) and the Canton of Geneva.

 At the GCSP:


We deliver more than 80 executives courses annually in Geneva and 10 locations worldwide for over 1,000 professionals from more than 174 nations, including diplomats, military officers, politicians, journalists, officials from International organisations and representatives from the corporate and non-profit sector.

We foster strategic, creative and critical thinking in all our activities. Our principles of impartiality, independence and inclusiveness make us a sought-after platform for dialogue and exchange (120 events annually as well as several tracks 1,5 and 2 diplomatic processes).

We contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of current global circumstances, and enhance global responsiveness to future challenges through publications and expert contributions to the media and international community.

We host a vibrant, multidisciplinary, multicultural and multigenerational group of policy makers and executives in transition, and offer a platform to incubate their creativity and innovation so that they can together create a safer world.


Do you share our values and commitments? Are you interested in joining our highly motivated and dedicated team of 80 persons? If you are entrepreneurial, results-driven and a team player who is dedicated to making our stakeholders live an unforgettable experience, you may be our future:


Research Associate - Diplomatic Dialogue

Syria’s Transition Challenges Project

100% - short term contract (3 months) with possibility to extend

The Syria’s Transition Challenges Project is looking for a qualified research associate. The tasks will include (1) background research on the Syrian conflicts, as well as the global and regional players’ policies on it, (2) drafting and editing reports, (3) visualization of research outcomes in addition to (4) representing the project in formal meetings. Work environment is flexible and empowering for candidates willing to elevate their experience and exposure to investigative and action-oriented research. The contract is for three months, extendable upon satisfaction of performance.

You have the following skills and competencies:

  • University degree in International Relations or equivalent, with relevant work experience.
  • Sound knowledge in Middle-Eastern conflicts.
  • Extended skills in thematic research.
  • Agile, dynamic, and proactive; ability to work autonomously under lean guidance.
  • Proficiency in Windows and Office environment.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues and participants from diverse cultures, respect for diversity.
  • Excellent command of English (spoken and written) and Arabic (written) is mandatory; mastering Russian, Turkish or Persian would be an asset.
  • Swiss national or holder of a valid work permit.

Do you want to contribute to this exciting mission? Please send your complete application, including your CV and a cover letter until 20 March 2019 to

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 April or upon agreement.

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. We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.