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Senior Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Media 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 Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media 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 OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) observes media developments in all 56 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

Under the overall leadership of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (FOM) and the immediate supervision of the Director of Office, the incumbent will be tasked with:

  • Initiating and co-ordinating all public relations activities of the Office and for the Representative, FOM, including preparing interviews with media, organizing press conferences, contributing to the publications of the Office (online and offline), managing the social media presence of the Office and contributing to speech writing;
  • Writing press releases and press statements to be cleared by the Representative, FOM;
  • Reviewing briefing papers and reports concerning media and public outreach issues for the Representative;
  • Liaising closely with the Press and Public Information Section (PPIS) of the OSCE Secretariat, other Institutions and with OSCE field presence;
  • Acting as spokesperson on assigned and designated topics or regions;
  • In co-operation with PPIS, being responsible for the web-editing of the Office website;
  • Contributing to the monitoring of compliance of participating States with OSCE freedom of media commitments;
  • Co-ordinating and verifying incoming information, analysing the political and legal situation with regard to freedom of the media and initiating and supervising additional research on political background; advising on the basis of the mandate, whether action should be considered by the Representative, FOM;
  • Maintaining a network of contacts with media freedom advocacy NGO¿s and with permanent Representations to the OSCE in Vienna;
  • Contributing to the external co-operation activities of the Office, including maintaining contacts with other international organizations, especially with their public outreach divisions;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, law, journalism or another related field;
  • A minimum of eight to ten years of related professional experience;
  • Practical experience as journalist, press officer or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of working methods of media professionals and media outlets;
  • Experience in human rights work, especially media freedom advocacy;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literate including experience in handling modern information technologies such as Internet, etc.;
  • Good communication skills combined with sound political judgment;
  • Readiness for frequent duty travel;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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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