OSCE: Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues

  • Kdekoľvek
This position is a parental leave replacement.  The contract will be issued for a period of seven months, with no possibility of further extension.


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. The ODIHR’s assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with the ODIHR’s mandate.


In accordance with the ODIHR mandate, the Human Rights Department assists participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in general, and in areas that lie at the intersection between human rights and security. Functions covered by the Department include the monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise, technical assistance as well as training and capacity building, to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Head, Human Rights Department, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating specific projects and/or activities to prevent and combat terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, including addressing conditions conducive to terrorism, such as terrorists’ ability to recruit and win support, in OSCE participating States and to ensure full respect for human rights in States’ counterterrorism policy and practice;
  • Providing analysis of anti-terrorism legislation and technical assistance to legislative drafting and other possible programmatic activities by ODIHR, including on police and good-governance issues;
  • Providing analysis of situations with regard to the prevention of terrorism and effective, human rights-compliant methods for combating terrorism in OSCE participating States and preparing general and issue-specific reports or other background materials on terrorism for the ODIHR management;
  • Providing technical assistance and capacity-building as requested, and facilitating the exchange of good practices and lessons learned as appropriate;
  • Networking with similar human rights protection organizations and institutions – international, inter-governmental, governmental and nongovernmental – and independent experts, to exchange information, co-ordinate activities and implement common programs related to preventing and combating terrorism;
  • Co-ordinating activities and projects with other relevant sections of the OSCE, notably the Transnational Threats Department and its Action against Terrorism Unit and the Representative on Freedom of the Media, and OSCE Field Missions;
  • Responding to requests to the ODIHR on information about terrorism;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: http://www.osce.org/odihr

Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in human rights, political science, international law or related field;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights protection, combating terrorism and/or related human rights fields, including one  to two years at the international level;
  • Awareness of international co-operation principles, concepts and techniques;
  • Experience in human rights and anti-terrorism issues;
  • Experience of working in a criminal justice system is an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting skills; knowledge of other OSCE official languages would be an advantage;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective;
  • Gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
Required competencies
Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration Package
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately EUR 4,900. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland.


Social security will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee’s salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.


Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale

How To Apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.


The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.