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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) plays a key role in supporting the Secretary General in the effective implementation of his/her mandate and specific tasks given to him/her by the OSCE participating States. This includes primarily assisting the Secretary General in his activities, serving as a focal point for liaison and support to the Chairperson-in-Office, and co-ordinating tasks across the Secretariat. It groups horizontal services such as Executive Management, Communication and Media Relations, Legal Services, External Co-operation, Security Management, Gender Affairs, Conference and Language Services, Central Records Management, and oversees the OSCE Prague Office. The OSG ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairmanship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also functions as the Head of Executive Management.
The Gender Section of the OSG supports the efforts of the OSCE Secretary General to promote a continuous and sustainable gender mainstreaming process across the Organization and the full implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, as well as other gender-related commitments undertaken by the OSCE participating States. It assists and advises the OSCE structures in the implementation of the Action Plan by providing technical assistance for the mainstreaming of gender in all activities, policies, programmes and projects.
Under the supervision of the Senior Adviser on Gender Issues, the Gender Adviser will provide programmatic expertise and follow-up in the thematic area of the inclusion of women in conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
- Assisting the Secretariat, Institutions and field operations in the implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, and the 2005 and 2011 Ministerial Council decision (MD), in particular regarding the inclusion of gender analysis and women in mediation conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation;
- Preparing and proposing benchmarks for achievements and a comprehensive monitoring framework;
- Suggesting strategies and providing technical assistance to various OSCE units and field operations on mainstreaming gender in their projects and activities to make a visible link between gender equality and politico-military security, in particular for the implementation of the Ministerial Council decision 14/05 and the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security and; following up in a timely manner on the flow of these advisory and project activities including periodic reports and forecasts;
- Assisting the Secretariat, Institutions and field operations to develop a consistent and systematic approach to integrating a gender perspective throughout their activities; raising the effective utilization of instruments for gender mainstreaming, in particular in police and peace building projects;
- Participating in the capacity building of gender focal points, promoting networking and the dissemination of good practices;
- Contributing to the drafting of technical documents and proposals for new extra budgetary (ExB) projects to be run by the Gender Issues Section in co-ordination with the Secretariat, Institutions and field operations; reviewing other ExB proposals in the politico-military dimension of security and suggesting adequate gender mainstreaming;
- Assisting in the preparation of the annual progress report on gender equality in the OSCE, compiling data from various OSCE units and preparing analysis and recommendations;
- Liaising with relevant international and regional organizations as well as politico-military structures within and outside the Organization with regard to gender matters, as appropriate, and promote the exchange of best practices;
- Performing other related duties, such as representing the Senior Adviser in various meetings and events, as required.
- University degree in international relations, political sciences, gender studies, military or social sciences or relevant related field;
- A minimum of six years of professional experience in political and/or military issues, gender issues and human rights;
- Solid experience in programme management in bi- or multilateral development organizations, including field operations;
- Awareness of international texts and conventions related to gender equality, especially the UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on the women, peace and security agenda and concepts of technical co-operation in this field;
- Knowledge of the politico-military commitments and fields of expertise of the OSCE would be an asset;
- Solid experience in developing and providing training on gender equality issues;
- Solid knowledge of methodology of gender analysis preferably with experience within the context of armed conflict;
- Conceptual and strategic skills to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender related issues;
- Professional fluency and excellent drafting skills in English; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, would be an asset;
- Computer literacy;
- Ability and willingness to travel outside the duty station;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.
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.
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 http://www.osce.org/states.
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.