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Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit


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Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
Date of issue



This position is initially open for one year with possible renewal subject to restructuring changes in the Transnational Threats Department (TNTD) and/or the Secretariat. The 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 co- ordination and coherence of action across all three dimensions and among all OSCE executive structures, while respecting their mandates.

The Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) is one of the three TNTD units and it responds to requests from participating States for specific expert advice on policing and police-related activities. Good policing has played a vital role in preventing conflict (particularly secondary conflicts), in preserving social stability during political crises, as well as in supporting the rehabilitation period following the end of conflict. Equally apparent is that without effective law enforcement and genuine respect for the rule of law and the institutions responsible for upholding it, there can be little likelihood of social, political or economic stability.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the OSCE Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats the Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) will lead and manage the work of the Unit and staff (currently comprising 9 staff members). More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Providing recommendations on matters related to police, law enforcement and criminal justice systems to the OSCE Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats, Secretary General, to the Heads of OSCE field operations and Institutions, to the Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) and the Delegations;
  • Developing strategies, system capacity and the standard operating procedures necessary to deliver police development and institution building to OSCE participating States; contributing to capacity-building, such as the development of strategic planning capacities, the creation of transparent, effective and efficient police-related human resources management systems, development of police-related accountability structures, the delivery of police-related training;
  • Assisting participating States in receiving and exchanging information in order to create police-related, law enforcement, criminal justice means to counter new security challenges, including transnational organized crime;
  • Ensuring that OSCE police-related activities are co-ordinated internally and with other national and international organizations and agencies;
  • Promoting the capabilities and capacities of the Organization to provide a means of assessing, formulating and implementing common minimum police performance standards;
  • Assisting under the guidance of the OSCE Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats and within delegated authority to the Secretary General, field operations and Institutions, as well as CiO, participating States and Partners for Co-operation in the implementation of the OSCE Strategic Framework for Police-Related Activities; OSCE Concept for Combatting the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors, as well as other related Ministerial Council, Permanent Council, Security Committee or Secretary General decisions;
  • Assisting the Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats in preparing a written annual report of OSCE police-related activities and providing regular verbal and written briefings to the Security Committee;
  • Assisting in convening as appropriate the OSCE-wide annual meetings of police experts or other related OSCE-wide conferences and meetings and representing the Organization at high-level international conferences, meetings and negotiations concerned with police-related, law-enforcement and criminal justice matters;
  • Assisting the OSCE Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats in implementation and the required reporting on activity in SMPU areas of law enforcement and criminal justice expertise required by guidance of the participating States in MC.DEC 4/12, OSCE¿s Efforts to Address Transnational Threats;
  • As Main Programme Manager for the SPMU, drafting the SPMU part of the TNTD proposals for the Unified Budget, as well as ensuring that its allocation is spent effectively and efficiently;
  • Fund-raising for OSCE extra-budgetary projects in the police-related, law enforcement and criminal justice area.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Graduation from a law enforcement, criminal justice academy equivalent to a university degree, supplemented by a postgraduate degree in advanced law enforcement, criminal justice management and supervision, or extensive formal and senior training in other related fields;
  • A minimum of fifteen years of diversified and progressively responsible professional law enforcement, criminal justice experience, including at least five years managing at the senior level;
  • Substantial experience in planning major or large-scale law enforcement operations as well as operational and policy- level experience in an international law enforcement capacity as well as institution building operations;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and supervise staff;
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both oral and written with strong drafting skills. Knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications, including word processing and email;
  • 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 achieve a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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