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Senior Adviser


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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

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 supervision of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM) and in close co-operation with the Director of Office, the successful candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Overall supervision and political guidance on the monitoring efforts for a designated region and acting as focal point for the Office of that region;
  • Compiling and editing reports to the OSCE Permanent Council and reports on assessment visits to the designated region;
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with relevant government officials, international organizations and institutions as well as specialized non-governmental bodies and OSCE field operations on issues relevant to the FoM mandate;
  • Monitoring press freedom violations by reviewing relevant networks, correspondents and media freedom advocacy contacts and maintaining regular contacts with journalists' associations in the designated region;
  • Analysing public policy, legislation and state practices and following political and legal developments in the designated region;
  • Representing the Office at seminars, conferences and meetings including delivering statements, papers and speeches reflecting the position of the RFoM;
  • Planning and organizing public relations activities in close contact with the OSCE missions and public outreach colleagues;
  • Co-ordinating and managing relevant financial activities such as project proposals, auditing of activities, budget contribution etc.;
  • Performing other duties as required as well as covering areas outside the designated region.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political science, media studies, history, law, journalism or another related field;
  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience;
  • Established practical experience in the field of media, media freedom advocacy, human rights or relevant experience within the OSCE or another international organization;
  • Knowledge of working methods of media professionals and media outlets;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy including experience in Microsoft Office applications and internet search engines;
  • Readiness to travel to the OSCE areas;
  • 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 national and cultural backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective.

This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Delayed nominations will not be considered. 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 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 religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.




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