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Archived vacancy details

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 Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR CTHB) represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues. The Office of the SR CTHB assists OSCE participating States in the implementation of commitments and full usage of recommendations set forth in the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings. The Office provides a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings (THB) with a focus on the following activities: enhancing the awareness and understanding of THB across the OSCE region; policy planning and advocacy especially in the area of emerging trends of THB and effective approaches to combating THB; and direct assistance to participating States in practical and technical areas, at their request.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Special Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator, the incumbent will be tasked with:

  • Supporting the analysis of the political, legal and human dimension situation in each OSCE participating State with regard to trafficking in human beings; collecting and analysing THB indicators in specific countries in the region as assigned; supporting the performance of additional substantive research on country and political background, to recommend appropriate action by the SR, if required;
  • Preparing comparative analysis relating to specific aspects of national legislation and policy of designated OSCE participating States in relation to international standards; drawing conclusions as to the status of progress in the combating of human trafficking, including legal and policy reform, and presenting to supervisor(s) the analysis and recommendations for policy and law making, for technical assistance, and for the development of potential OSCE commitments for the consideration of the SR;
  • Developing and maintaining regular contacts at the expert level with the counterparts in the OSCE delegations, as well as with relevant partners of the governmental authorities and NGOs of the OSCE participating States, co-operating with the OSCE Institutions, field operations and Partners for Co-operation as well as with international organizations, in order to co-ordinate and draw upon their expertise for inputs into relevant work;
  • Developing research concepts, preparing terms of reference for background studies and occasional papers; supervising expert researchers contracted to carry out such studies; conducting regional, country or sectoral analyses as background studies to improve understanding of issues and technical assistance and project needs;
  • Producing solid initial drafts and/or substantively editing and finalising professional quality and polished documents, such as briefing/talking points for the SR, the Chairperson-in-Office and the Secretary General, meeting minutes and trip reports, speeches, research, and policy papers, for public distribution and or internal purposes to support the range of work of the OSR;
  • Organizing meetings, workshops, and conferences in and outside Vienna, including preparation of background reports, agenda items and correspondence in this regard;
  • Applying expertise to assist the Programme Officer in providing detailed evaluation of national and regional anti-trafficking programs; working on the content of projects, and may serving as a project manager; working closely with the Programme Officer on project development and fundraising for extra-budgetary funding;
  • Gathering and analysing information from various sources, including external partners, Partners for Co-operation and NGOs, as well as drawing on the work of the Public Information Officer, in order to provide clear recommendations and advice on the practical and operational aspects of OSR anti-trafficking work as concerns thematic issues relevant to the mandate of the SR and the work of the OSR, and to keep the SR updated;
  • Preparing country visits, including comprehensive travel itineraries, substantive background information and agenda; arranging meeting schedules with appropriate contacts for high level and other country visits of the SR;
  • Performing other related duties as required, including a range of administrative, logistical and operational tasks.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree (an advanced degree would be an asset) in international relations, international development, public international law, human rights law, social or political sciences or related fields;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience with an international organization or NGO on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and related fields;
  • Demonstrated practical (field) experience in developing and managing research and or policy projects, in the planning and organization of high-level and large events, in drafting polished briefings, reports and speeches, in monitoring and reporting, including at least three years at the international level and at least three years of employment experience in a full-time anti-trafficking position;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation, previous work experience within or along side the OSCE would be an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Experience in networking and managing a high number of contacts;
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical and administrative sills, as well as resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement and team spirit;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and familiarity with questions of protocol and diplomacy;
  • Ability to maintain a pleasant, helpful and mature professional attitude even in high stress situations;
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with programs such as Excel and PowerPoint would be desirable;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged. The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.




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