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Legal Expert


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OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine
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Legal Affairs
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In 2016, the OSCE Secretariat received a request from the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine, seeking the OSCE’s assistance to improve co-operation mechanisms and capacities to address cross border trafficking in weapons, ammunition and explosives (WAE). In July 2016, the OSCE Secretariat conducted a preliminary fact-finding mission to Ukraine, to clarify the details of the potential technical assistance initiative and held meetings with the other relevant national law enforcement agencies, which expressed their interest to become beneficiaries in a future potential project. As a follow up, the OSCE conducted a National Assessment Roundtable in Ukraine, with the participation from: the State Border Guard Service (SBGS), National Police (NP) and the State Emergency Service (SES) of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Customs Service (CS) of the State Fiscal Service (SFS), and the National Security Service (NSS) of Ukraine. During the Roundtable, the participants outlined specific areas where technical assistance and institutional support was required and discussed the scope of the potential project. 

In March 2017 the OSCE Secretariat held high-level meetings with representatives from relevant Ukrainian institutions who agreed to participate in a comprehensive needs assessment. The assessment will provide detailed information and quantify the specific needs of the various institutions responsible for combatting trafficking in WAE.

Please note that this is a consultancy assignment up to 30 working days. The consultant will be required to work from home.




Tasks and Responsibilities








The expert will work under the supervision of the Border Adviser, Transnational Threats Department/Border Security and Management Unit (TNTD/BSMU). The overall objective of the assignment is to provide overview of the national legislation and mandates, tasks and responsibilities of the Ukraine’s authorities to combat cross border trafficking in WAE. The purpose is to provide a baseline for developing a national strategy to combat WAE trafficking, and an action plan for its implementation.

The expert will be tasked to provide the assessment report in Ukrainian, which contains the following chapters:

• Legal framework for weapons, ammunitions and explosives in Ukraine: an overview of all relevant primary and secondary legislation related to weapons, ammunition and explosives in Ukraine, including provisions related to combatting and preventing trafficking in WAE. 

• Mandates of the Ukraine’s authorities to combat and prevent trafficking in WAE. 

• Operational dimension of combating and preventing trafficking in WAE in Ukraine, with overview of standard operational procedures and instructions established by the Ukraine’s authorities to combat and prevent trafficking in WAE, including procedures and instructions related to detection and identification of trafficked WAE; handling of seized WAE: record-keeping, transportation, storage and preservation, analysis, and overall chain of custody.

• Ukrainian authorities in control of weapons, ammunition and explosives: mapping of the authorities and overview of the established procedures for handling service WAE.

• Legal analysis and recommendations: gaps in the legislation implementation, identification of overlapping mandates and duplication of tasks and responsibilities.

The report will be reviewed by the OSCE Border Adviser and the relevant Ukrainian Focal Points, who will submit their comments.





Necessary Qualifications








• University degree in law; 

• At least 5 years of relevant experience in legal research and institutional assessment;

• Previous research experience in the area of weapons, ammunition and explosives is an asset;

• Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian; knowledge of English is an asset;

• Computer literate;

• Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.




Required competencies








Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work



Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances



Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities




Remuneration Package








According to the PCU consultancy fees guidelines.




How To Apply








This position is for residents of Ukraine only. We strongly encourage applicants to use the online application system. If you have difficulties with the online system, please use the Internet Explorer to find the vacancy or you may use the OSCE's off-line Application Form available at; you should complete the Application Form and send it via e-mail to indicating the title of the position on the Application Form and in the cover message subject. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Details of the assignment and contract may be further discussed during the interviews.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization. Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.



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