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Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) is the focal point for co-ordinating and facilitating OSCE anti-terrorism activities. The Unit contributes to the implementation of the OSCE's counter-terrorism commitments by providing support to the Chairmanship-in-Office, the Secretary General and the participating States on anti-terrorism matters and by enhancing co-ordination within the OSCE on related issues.

TNTD/ATU also assists participating States with implementing their relevant commitments in this area, as defined by relevant decisions, and acts on requests from participating States to assist in enhancing their capacities to respond to current and emerging terrorist threats. TNTD/ATU supports the work of relevant UN bodies and enhances co-operation with external partners and other regional organizations in preventing and countering terrorism.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU), and in close co-ordination with the Deputy Head, the Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues, as a portfolio manager, will contribute to the implementation of OSCE's anti-terrorism commitments. More specifically, the selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Participating in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of OSCE counter-terrorism programmes or projects; identifying possible issues to be addressed and proposing corrective action; liaising with relevant parties and stakeholders, including national authorities and external experts, identifying and tracking follow-up action;
  • Following closely developments in a series of thematic areas pertaining to counter-terrorism and/or identified as key issues; identifying trends and possible gaps and proposing a course of action; capturing best practices and lessons learned and facilitating their dissemination within the OSCE environment;
  • Participating actively in counter-terrorism activities initiated by other OSCE institutions and bodies, international and regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders;
  • Co-ordinating assigned portfolio activities with those developed by other OSCE institutions and field operations; reporting to the relevant OSCE bodies as required, including the Security Committee; providing expert advice as requested by the Secretary General or the Chairperson-in-Office;
  • Identifying, exploring and fostering synergies and complementarities between the ATU and possible project partners to avoid overlap and duplication of work; drawing on OSCE strength in terms of facilitation abilities and political visibility;
  • Facilitating interaction between the participating States following PC Decision No. 1063 and other relevant OSCE documents, including bilateral technical assistance and co-operation; identifying, together with interested participating States, gaps, needs, requirements and resources for assistance in implementing counter-terrorism measures; assisting in identifying possible additional tasking by the Permanent Council of the OSCE field presences in close co-operation and agreement with host governments;
  • Assisting Head and Deputy Head ATU in providing guidance to fund managers of OSCE executive structures to facilitate the achievement of established counter-terrorism goals;
  • Performing other duties as required. 

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Department of Transnational Threats, please see: 

Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in international/political affairs, security/military or law enforcement studies or closely related field; a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in  terrorism prevention, of which at least two years with international organizations would be an asset;  previous experience in the OSCE (institutions or field operations) would be a distinct asset;
  • Established relevant professional experience in the field of counter-terrorism or similar efforts regarding foreign terrorist fighters;
  • Proven relevant law enforcement experience and/or security-related work background;
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate emerging needs, conflicts and potential risks and propose solutions to address them;
  • Experience in project management including finance, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in the use of Microsoft applications;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity.  

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, 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

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

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

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.



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