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Media Freedom Project Officer


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Issued by
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Functional level
Middle management
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. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM) observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. He/she provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Within a team of 16 staff members and under the supervision of the Senior Adviser, the incumbent will act as the principle contact point for proposing follow-up activities, identifying, formulating and implementing urgent project requirements in response to political developments in the field of media governance and based on monitoring of media-freedom related developments which affect all OSCE participating States. More specifically the incumbent will:

  1. Identify urgent project requirements, design project proposals, contribute to fundraising efforts; negotiate with potential partners and donors on project activities;
  2. Implement and co-ordinate ongoing projects and other programme activities relating to media freedom, such as supervising consultants and implementing partners;  maintain regular contacts with experts, non-governmental organization (NGO) networks, academia, the legal community and other international organizations and bodies for research and information purposes;
  3. Monitor and analyze media governance and media developments by checking incoming information, identifying problems, keeping other members of the Office informed and submitting recommendations for action to the Representative in accordance with the early warning mandate of the Office;
  4. Maintain an overview of a wide range of issues and understand the legal, technical and political implications of developments;
  5. Provide advice, conduct research and prepare written analyses for the Representative;
  6. Contribute to and monitor the general media freedom and developments in approximately five countries; analyze development, submit proposals for action, draft interventions and compile general and country specific information;
  7. Organize and prepare the agenda for meetings as well as background documents for visits of the Representative and other senior members of the Office to participating States and conference focusing on media governance and media development; 
  8. Draft and edit texts for publication by the Institution;
  9. Perform other related duties such as contributing to publications such as the Yearbook, the OSCE Newsletter and feature stories, to promote key messages on the web-site and participate in trainings/briefings of OSCE mission members, for universities and other institutions.
Necessary Qualifications
  • First level university degree in political science, media studies, history, law, journalism or another related field
  • Six years of professional experience in the media field or related experience within the OSCE or another international organization
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management techniques
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;  knowledge or ERP systems such as Oracle would be an asset
  • Professional fluency in English and excellent drafting and writing skills in the English language; knowledge of another official OSCE language would be an asset
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities

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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, 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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