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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 entry on duty
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 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

Under the direct supervision of the Representative and in close co-operation with the Director to the Representative, the Senior Adviser performs the following functions:

  1. Overall supervision and political guidance on the monitoring efforts for a designated region and focal point of the office for that region;
  2. Checks/Follows political and legal developments affecting freedom of expression in the designated region and prepares comprehensive analyses, notes and reports;
  3. Analyses public policy, legislation and state practice affecting freedom of the media in the designated region;
  4. Maintains relevant networks, correspondents and media freedom advocacy contacts and talks to and maintains regular contacts with journalists¿ associations in the designated region;
  5. Contributes to the reports on and participates in visits conducted by the office, including focal point for visits to designated region;
  6. Assesses developments in view of suggestions for interventions to RFOM, including necessary political sensitivity and use of language;
  7. Co-ordinates and manages relevant financial activities (project proposals, auditing of activities, budget contributions, evaluation, reporting);
  8. Liaises with consultants and experts outside of RFOM, especially when supervising the production of commissioned reports or studies;
  9. Establishes and maintains contacts, as necessary, with relevant governmental officials, international organizations and institutions as well as with specialized NGOs and the OSCE field presences, on issues of relevance to FOM¿s mandate;
  10. Represents the Office at seminars, conferences and meetings, including delivering statements, papers and speeches reflecting the position of the FOM with regard to freedom of expression and free media;
  11. In close contact with the public outreach colleagues, plans and organizes public relations activities to promote better understanding of the RFOM¿s aims and activities, including maintaining close contacts with OSCE missions;
  12. Performs related duties as assigned
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced University degree in political science, media studies, history, law, journalism or another related field
  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience in the media field or related experience
  • Experience in programme management, including finance, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation/controlling and reporting
  • Established practical experience in the field of media, media freedom advocacy, human rights or related experience within the OSCE or another international organization
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, resourcefulness, team spirit and initiative
  • Management and supervisory skills
  • Ability to operate windows applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation programmes (e.g. Power Point)
  • 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.


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The OSCE is committed to achieving 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.


Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.


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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