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Head, Action Against Terrorism Unit


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Archived vacancy details

Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Vienna, Austria
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.

The Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU) assists in the development and implementation of programmes and activities within the OSCE region relating to the prevention and combating of terrorism as mandated by the Bucharest Plan of Action for Combating Terrorism, Ministerial Council and Permanent Council decisions and other relevant OSCE documents, and contributes to the Organization’s overall effort to address transnational threats. The implementation of the ATU's programmes and projects requires accountability and management of both core and extra-budgetary resources.

Tasks and Responsibilities

 Under the supervision of the Director for Transnational Threats *, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring and ensuring the implementation of the Bucharest Plan of Action for Combating Terrorism and the Programme of Action adopted at the Bishkek Conference, as well as the OSCE Charter on Preventing and Combating Terrorism, adopted by the Porto Ministerial Council in 2002 and the OSCE Strategy to Address Threats to Security and Stability in the 21st Century adopted by the Maastricht Ministerial Council in 2003; monitoring the implementation of other relevant decisions of the Ministerial Council and the Permanent Council;
  • Assisting the participating States and the Chairmanship on matters relating to preventing and combating terrorism; in co-operation with OSCE Institutions and field operations, establishing a framework for comprehensive OSCE action and identifying sources for assistance to implement measures on preventing and combating terrorism;
  • Contributing to the development of OSCE policies and programmes related to combating transnational threats;
  • Co-ordinating within the Secretariat (the Office of OSCE Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, the Forum for Security Co-operation, the Anti-Trafficking Assistance Unit and the Senior Police Adviser) and with other OSCE Institutions and field operations efforts to prevent and combat terrorism; acting as the OSCE Focal Point with respect to implementation of OSCE decisions and actions regarding preventing and combating terrorism;
  • Assisting in co-ordinating the OSCE activities with all the relevant international organizations, in particular with the relevant United Nations bodies and structures, in the global fight against terrorism, including co-ordinating sub- and inter-regional initiatives and strengthening co-operation and information exchanges with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, parliamentarians and others;
  • Facilitating interaction between states and identifying new instruments for action, using all relevant OSCE mechanisms and structures;
  • Promoting dialogue within the OSCE area and with partners outside the OSCE;
  • Carrying out activities to identify extra-budgetary resources for the implementation of programmes relevant for combating terrorism;
  • Preparing regular reports on activities in anti-terrorism;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in social or political science, law, public administration or related field; additional professional training or certification in leadership, management, strategic studies or related field;
  • A minimum of ten years of diverse and progressively responsible professional experience and knowledge of current measures and initiatives to prevent and counter terrorism; previous international work experience and/or experience with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) required, experience in counter-terrorism related capacity-building activities would be an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written; knowledge of other OSCE languages would be an asset;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Excellent communication, analytical, research and co-ordination skills, proven political skills;
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles; strong initiative combined with proven ability to lead a team;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective.

How to Apply

* Pending approval of structural arrangements put forward in the 2012 Unified Budget Proposal.

This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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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