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Border Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
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 (TNTD) was created in the OSCE Secretariat as per Ministerial Council Decision MC.DEC/9/11 with a view to ensuring better co-ordination, strengthened coherence of action and more efficient use of OSCE's resources in addressing transnational threats. It supports the Secretary General in functioning as the focal point of the Organization-wide programmatic activities that relate to countering transnational threats and in ensuring coordination and coherence of action across all three dimensions and among all OSCE executive structures, while respecting their mandates.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Border Adviser makes recommendations, usually written, on the development of border programmes to achieve maximum effectiveness and use of resources, and the elaboration of related documents.  These will directly influence the capacity-building of law enforcement agencies at borders in the respective regions as well as OSCE's credibility in providing assistance.

Under the supervision of the Head of the Border Security and Management Unit (BSMU), the Border Adviser will be responsible for:

  1. Providing policy advice and technical expertise from a multi-disciplinary perspective on a variety of border and border-related security and management issues, particularly on matters related to the management of green (land) and blue (river) borders and cross border inter-agency co-operation to the Director of the TNT Department, the Secretary General, the Chairmanship and the delegations;
  2. Contributing to the development of OSCE border assistance projects and initiatives to OSCE participating States (e.g. conducting desk-and field-level assessments of national border management systems); contributory work will include conducting assessments, evaluations, research, and the drafting of relevant reports and communications;
  3. Liaising with other relevant units within the Secretariat;  providing technical and policy advice on border security and management issues to OSCE field operations;
  4. Establishing and maintaining contacts with International Organizations and NGOs; monitoring and compiling an overview of their border-related activities; identifying  possible partners for OSCE assistance in matters related to border security and management;
  5. Preparing briefing documents, drafting and contributing to reports, presentations, assessments, evaluations, and other relevant OSCE documents as appropriate;
  6. Representing the Head of BSMU, the D/TNTD, and the Secretary General at relevant meetings, conferences and workshops, identifying the most important/relevant border-related issues discussed at these meetings; and reporting on them as appropriate;
  7. Contributing to the National Focal Point Network for border security and management activities and providing technical and policy expertise on related training/capacity-building and lessons learned/best practices in this field;
  8. Developing and delivering specialized and interactive training programmes and modules to border management officials,  including training designed for the OSCE Border Management Staff College;
  9. Performing other duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited law enforcement institution equivalent to a university degree; or a university degree in law, international relations, public administration, criminal justice or project management
  • Six years of progressively responsible experience with a national or international organization or relevant non-governmental organization in border security and management-related issues
  • Established experience in conducting research and drafting reports, project documents, assessments and evaluations
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of the complexities, specificity and other challenges inherent in border and border-related programme activities in the fields of Democratization, Human Rights, Security, and Rule of Law
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both oral and written with strong drafting skills. Knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset
  • Computer literate with practical experience in the use of common software applications
  • Flexibility and willingness to work long hours and travel to remote Mission areas
  • 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 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 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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