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Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings*


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Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
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Date of entry on duty
Date of issue



* The conversion of this position to international seconded is subject to the approval of the 2014 Unified Budget.


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.


Ministerial Council Decision Nr. 3/06 of 21 June 2006 calls on the Secretary General and the Chairmanship-in-Office to consult each other regarding the appointment of a prominent personality with relevant professional and political expertise, who will act as a Special Representative and represent the OSCE at the political level, and head the OSCE Office of the Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (CTHB).

Tasks and Responsibilities

In an administrative capacity, the prominent personality will, under the direct supervision of the Secretary General and in support of the Chairmanship-in-Office, head the OSCE Office of the Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

The Chairmanship-in-Office will confer upon the prominent personality the functions and title of Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. In this capacity, the incumbent will represent the OSCE at the political level and shall be politically accountable to, and will report regularly and when appropriate to the Permanent Council after consultation with the Chairmanship-in-Office and the Secretary General.

Specific duties include:

  • Assists the OSCE participating States in the implementation of commitments and full usage of recommendations set forth in the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, including its Addendum Addressing the Special Needs of Child Victims of Trafficking for Protection and Assistance;
  • Ensures the co-ordination of the OSCE's efforts in combating trafficking in human beings across all three dimensions of the OSCE and acting as a focal point for the OSCE's efforts in this area;
  • Strengthens the co-operation among the relevant authorities of the participating States and between the OSCE and other relevant organizations;
  • Raises the public and political profile of combating trafficking in human beings;
  • Operates in the whole the OSCE area and as appropriate, assists participating States in a spirit of co-operation, and follows the consultations with the relevant authorities of the participating States concerned, in their aims to implement their commitments in combating human trafficking;
  • Provides and facilitates the advice and technical assistance in the field of legislation as well as policy development,together, as necessary, with other OSCE structures engaged in this field;
  • Provides advice to senior level authorities representing the legislative, judicial, and executive branches in participating States and discuss with them the implementation of the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, including its Addendum, and their commitments in the field of combating trafficking in human beings. In specific cases calls for special attention, seeks direct contacts, in an appropriate manner with the participating State concerned and discusses the provision of advice and concrete assistance, if needed;
  • Co-operates with national co-ordinators, national rapporteurs or other national mechanisms established by participating States for co-ordinating and monitoring the anti-trafficking activities of State institutions. The Special Representative will also co-operate with relevant non-governmental organizations in the participating States, and will assume responsibility within the OSCE for hosting and facilitating meetings for the exchange of information and experience between national co-ordinators, representatives designated by participating States, or experts on combating trafficking in human beings;
  • Closely co-operates, in a co-ordinating role and in full respect of their mandates, with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and other OSCE institutions, relevant structures of the Secretariat including the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU), the Senior Gender Adviser, as well as, where appropriate, the OSCE field operations;
  • Co-operates and seeks synergies with relevant international actors, including regional organizations, intergovernmental agencies and non-governmental organizations; continuing the OSCE's role in convening, chairing and organizing joint initiatives of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons;
  • Takes on responsibility for the management, co-ordination and executive functioning of the Office.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political sciences, human rights, law, international relations, gender studies or related field
  • High-level and renowned experience at the political level in human rights, international law, international affairs,human trafficking or related fields
  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in legislative, judiciary or administrative areas of government, and academia, at least half of which are at the international level
  • Experience at senior management and policy making level
  • Ability to lead, motivate and supervise staff of a work unit and co-ordinate activities to achieve overall objectives
  • Knowledge of the past and present functioning and activities of the OSCE
  • Experience in multi-lateral diplomacy or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with sound judgement and a high level of integrity
  • Professional fluency in English; working knowledge of one other OSCE working language is desirable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheets, internet and email
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a team of people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective.

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 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.

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.

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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