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Advocacy and Project Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
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 leadership of the Special Representative (SR) and the immediate supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator, the incumbent will provide assistance in advocacy and project development. The incumbent will assist the OSR in designing projects, especially focussed on the prevention of CTHB, and promoting advocacy on OSCE CTHB policy issues, and other related activities in co-operation with the OSR Advisers. More specifically, he/she will be tasked with:

  • Proposing strategically focussed projects appropriately supporting the mandate of the Special Representative, working closely with the Programme Officer, and assessing the potential of proposed targeted projects, especially as relates to advocacy for measures to prevent THB, in particular the promotion of social justice, the economic and legal empowerment of vulnerable populations, including trafficked persons, for which donors would be sought and matched;
  • Making recommendations on the design of advocacy initiatives/activities in response to specific needs and priorities, especially as a follow up to high level country visits by the SR as well as background/occasional papers, and other policy initiatives;
  • Developing best practices and lessons learned on OSCE CTHB projects and activities, especially with a view to improved advocacy on the issues, and maintaining a record of OSCE CTHB project and activity history and trends over time;
  • Developing and maintaining regular contacts at the working level with appropriate counterparts in the OSCE delegations, as well as with relevant International Organizations and NGOs in OSCE participating States, to identify possible partners and potential funding as well as to avoid overlap/duplication;
  • Working closely with the Programme and Public Information Officers as appropriate, in promoting project activities, in disseminating information, and in the preparation a variety of communications, reports, and briefings, related to OSR public information and project activities;
  • Monitoring international advocacy and popular social media as relates to CTHB in order to study and learn from such advocacy efforts focussed on galvanizing communities in the prevention of CTHB, including by promoting social justice; developing and maintaining contacts with organizations leading advocacy and social media efforts on CTHB in the OSCE region;
  • Assisting in establishing contacts and partnerships beyond the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons and in engaging new partners in the OSCE area, such as trade unions, employer¿s organizations, youth organizations, migrant associations, and the private sector, etc., in developing joint advocacy responses to THB, and to influence public policy;
  • Producing written and verbal briefs prior to and after meetings, and formulating reports and speaking notes related to project work;
  • Assisting in preparing and or delivering briefings on behalf of the OSR, including for visitors, or the participating States delegations on the activities of the Office;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned and required such as responding to inquiries and providing support to experts and preparing papers, speaking points and other documents.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in international relations, international development, human rights law, social or political sciences or related subjects;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience with an international organization or NGO on CTHB or in closely related fields;
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy work on CTHB issues, project development and administration and human resource and financial regulations;
  • Field experience in project design, development, fundraising, implementation and evaluation, including at least three years at the international level or alternatively at least three years of employment experience in a full-time anti-trafficking position;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation; previous work experience within or along side the OSCE 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;
  • Computer literate;
  • 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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