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Adviser on Gender Issues


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Archived vacancy details

Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Economic and Environmental Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
Date of issue



This position is open for secondment only and participating States are reminded that all costs in relation to appointment 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 Gender Issues Section in the Office of the Secretary General works towards the implementation of the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and supports systematic efforts to mainstream gender equality across the Organization and across its policies, programmes, projects and activities. It assists and advises the OSCE structures (Secretariat, Institutions and field operations) by providing technical assistance, tools and monitoring. The Gender Issues Section interacts with a variety of OSCE stakeholders, produces analysis, reports, technical documents and tools, organizes thematic conferences and contributes to significant international gender events. It manages unified budget and extra-budgetary funded projects.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Adviser on Gender Issues, the incumbent will provide programmatic expertise and follow-up in the thematic area of mainstreaming gender in OSCE programmes, projects and activities, in particular those dedicated to environmental and economic security. More specifically, the Adviser on Gender Issues:

  1. Provides knowledge and expertise to departments at the OSCE Secretariat, Institutions and field operations on the development of a consistent and systematic approach to integrating a gender perspective in their programmes and projects, especially in the environmental and economic area;
  2. Prepares and proposes benchmarks for achievements and a comprehensive monitoring framework;
  3. Raises awareness and promotes the utilization of instruments for gender mainstreaming; co-ordinates and enhances the exchange of information and best practices on mainstreaming gender in the three dimensions of OSCE's work and in the gender equality priority areas set by participating States;
  4. Assists the OSCE Secretariat, Institutions and field operations in designing and implementing gender equality projects; monitors their activities in the framework of OSCE standards and for the implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the 2005 and 2009 Ministerial Decisions;
  5. Assists the Training Section in developing training material for staff members and in planning, developing and facilitating training on gender mainstreaming;
  6. Participates in the capacity building of gender focal points, promotes networking and the dissemination of good practices;
  7. Contributes to drafting of technical documents and proposals for new extra budgetary (ExB) projects to be run by the Gender Issues Section; reviews other ExB proposals in the environmental and economic dimension of security and suggests adequate gender perspectives to be mainstreamed in them;
  8. Assists in the preparation of the annual progress report on gender equality in the OSCE, compiles data from various OSCE units and preparing analysis and recommendations;
  9. Performs other related duties, such as representing the Senior Adviser in meetings and conferences, as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in international relations, political science, economy, social sciences, gender studies or relevant related field
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in gender issues, human rights, economic or environmental issues
  • Solid experience in programme management in bi- or multilateral development organizations, including field operations
  • Awareness of international texts and conventions related to gender equality, concepts of technical co-operation
  • Knowledge of economic and environmental fields
  • Solid knowledge of the methodology of gender analysis, preferably with experience in gender mainstreaming in environmental and economic projects
  • Conceptual and strategic skills with ability to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues
  • Professional fluency in the English language, with excellent drafting skills, in particular of project proposals; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, would be an asset
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email
  • Ability and willingness to travel outside the duty station
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective



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 at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

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The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of male candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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