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Police Affairs Officer, Adviser on Fight Against Crime


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
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.

The Transnational Threats Department (TNTD) ensures co-ordination and strengthened coherence of OSCE-wide activities to address transnational threats to security, with a view to achieving the most effective and efficient support to the efforts of participating States in the fight against terrorism, and transnational organized crime, as well as assistance in the area of cyber security, border security and management, police-related activities and rule of law.

As part of the Transnational Threats Department, the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) was set up to improve the capacity of participating States to address threats posed by criminal activity and to assist them in upholding the rule of law: it serves as the main focal point of all OSCE police-related activities. The SPMU is composed of the following police officers/team members: a Head of Unit, a Deputy Head, Police Affairs Officers (PAO) and an Administrative Assistant.


Tasks and Responsibilities

The Police Affairs Officer will provide expertise and assist OSCE executive structures and OSCE participating States in implementing OSCE Ministerial Decisions, Permanent Council Resolutions and OSCE Action Plans as they relate to crime in general, and organized crime, including cybercrime, in particular. Upon request she/he will analyse, formulate and implement activities to achieve the goals outlined in OSCE mandates and resolutions and provide reports as required. She/he will perform needs assessments and assist OSCE field operations by providing criminal investigation experience.  In addition, she/he will collect, analyse and share good practices and lessons learned  in fighting transnational organized crime among the OSCE participating States and serve as the TNTD/SPMU regional liaison officer in an assigned region. Other duties include:

  1. Supporting the Head of SPMU in response to PC.DEC/1049 related to the role of the OSCE in countering organized crime by designing, proposing and developing OSCE's activities in the field of criminal investigations;
  2. Analysing data and formulating police-related proposals jointly with national counterparts of participating States and/or field operations to increase the effectiveness of criminal investigations;
  3. Designing and implementing activities to facilitate cross-border co-operation between criminal justice institutions of the participating States responsible for investigating criminal activity;
  4. Working closely with the SPMU's Advisor on Trafficking in Human Beings on projects and the Advisor on Combating Illicit Drugs, as well as any other TNTD colleagues in the design, development and implementation of projects;
  5. Contributing with expertise with regards to managing expert-level police meetings, co-ordinating activities with other OSCE Institutions and international organizations, particularly UNODC, Europol and Interpol;
  6. Contributing to the POLIS database with  input  related to his/her field of expertise, as requested;
  7. Representing the SPMU in the TNTD's Cyber Task Force;
  8. Performing other related duties when required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in law or graduate of a recognized police academy, equivalent to an advanced university degree
  • At least 8 years of diversified and progressively responsible professional police experience and minimum of five years of international experience in the field of police co-operation, and operational experience in law enforcement management or supervision
  • Established experience in a senior position within an investigative unit of a law enforcement agency, or judicial or prosecutorial office with extensive background in complex investigations
  • Substantial operational experience as a crime investigation supervisor, with prior  responsibility for the investigation and management of serious crime cases
  • Familiar with criminal intelligence and crime analysis methods and information gathering from national and international databases
  • Negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Ability to operate Windows computer applications
  • Professional fluency in the English language with excellent oral and written skills
  • Knowledge of other OSCE official working languages is desirable

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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