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

  1. Initiating and co-ordinating all public and media relations activities of the Office and for the Representative, including preparing interviews with media, organizing press conferences, contributing to the publications of the Office (online and offline), managing the social media accounts of the Office and speech writing;
  2. Writing press releases and statements to be cleared by the Representative, FOM;
  3. Preparing briefing papers and reports concerning media and public outreach issues for the Representative;
  4. Liaising closely with the Communications and Media Section (COMMS) of the OSCE Secretariat, other Institutions and with OSCE field presences on media relations and outreach activities;
  5. Acting as spokesperson for the RFoM;
  6. In co-operation with COMMS, being responsible for maintenance and editing of the Office website;
  7. Contributing to the monitoring of compliance of participating States with OSCE freedom of media commitments;
  8. 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 RFoM;
  9. Maintaining a network of contacts with media freedom advocacy NGO¿s and with permanent Representations of the OSCE participating States in Vienna;
  10. Contributing to the external co-operation activities of the Office, including maintaining contacts with other international organizations, especially with their public outreach divisions;
  11. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the RFoM please see:

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, spokesperson, 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.

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.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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.

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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