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Senior Afghanistan Engagement Support Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretary General
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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) provides general services to the Secretary General (SG), the Chairperson-in-Office and the participating States. It groups horizontal services such as Executive Management, Press and Public Information, Legal Services, External Co-operation, Security Management, Gender Affairs and Central Records Management, and oversees the Prague Office. The OSG also ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairmanship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also functions as the Head of the Executive Management Section.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Office of the Secretary General, the Senior Afghanistan Engagement Support Adviser:

  1. Liaises with OSCE executive structures, institutions, and field operations and with participating States and Partners to identify opportunities and facilitate development and implementation of projects and other activities for further OSCE engagement with Afghanistan, in line with Ministerial Council Decisions 4/07 and 4/11 on OSCE engagement with Afghanistan;
  2. Represents the OSCE Secretary General or other senior members of Secretariat staff at Afghan-related policy events and international/regional conferences/meetings;
  3. Provides strategic and policy advice to the Chairmanship and the Secretary General on OSCE engagement with Afghanistan and providing reporting on policy development as required;
  4. Assists OSCE executive structures, institutions and field operations in liaising with Afghan authorities to identify and support Afghan participation in OSCE events and activities;
  5. Contributes to maintaining and actively building contacts with relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations and initiatives dealing with Afghanistan and the surrounding region;
  6. Undertakes research and, upon request, drafts statements, speeches and speaking points for the Secretary General and the Chairmanship; writes analytical and background papers and compiles files and relevant working documents;
  7. Co-ordinates with relevant stakeholders and advises on the development of extra-budgetary Afghanistan-related projects across the three OSCE dimensions, taking care to avoid duplication of activities and to ensure respect for existing mandates;
  8. Liaises with participating States and Partners for Co-operation to identify and secure funding for proposed projects and activities;
  9. Attends relevant meetings and writes summaries and reports, and ensures proper follow-up;
  10. Represents the OSCE Secretariat by giving speeches, lectures and by participating in international conferences and seminars;
  11. Performs other related duties as requested.


Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, business administration, international law or other related field
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible professional experience in government, international organizations or research institutions operating in the field of political science, international relations, business administration, international law or other related field
  • Thorough knowledge of security and international co-operation issues
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems and complex and sensitive issues, and to propose and/or take corrective action
  • Excellent diplomatic and problem-solving skills; tact and diplomacy in dealing with senior officials and government representatives; resourcefulness, initiative and sound judgement; ability to plan and organize work
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent oral, written and drafting skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset
  • Willingness and ability to work as member of a team
  • Ability to establish effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email

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 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.

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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