Associate Country Visit Officer 03.05.2018

  • Added Date: Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 03 May 2018

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OSCE Secretariat
International Contracted
Political Affairs
4 April 2018
3 May 2018 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET)

The Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR/CTHB) represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues. The Office of the SR/CTHB assists 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. The Office provides a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings (CTHB) with a focus on the following activities: enhancing the awareness and understanding of trafficking in human beings (THB) across the OSCE region; policy planning and advocacy especially in the area of emerging trends of THB and effective approaches to combating THB; and direct assistance to participating States in practical and technical areas, at their request.

Official country visits are at the very core of the SR/CTHB mandate and therefore represent one of the major undertakings of the OSCE Special Representative each year. Through country visits the SR raises the profile of the threat of THB, discusses the level of implementation of relevant OSCE anti-trafficking commitments with a wide range of national stakeholders, and advises authorities on steps to be undertaken to further enhance their co-ordinated response against THB.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall leadership of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and immediate supervision of the Executive Programme Officer, the incumbent will provide technical assistance and advice in the preparation of official country visits of the SR/CTHB in the fields of international relations, legislation and policy development, related to all aspects of trafficking in human beings.

More specifically, the selected candidate will perform the following duties:

  1. Dealing with all substantial, organizational and logistic aspects of preparation of official country visits of the SR/CTHB, including liaising with the relevant staff in the Office to ensure appropriate visibility of the visit; developing and updating a consistent methodology for the preparation of such official visits;
  2. Providing analysis of the international relations, political, economic and social situation with regard to trafficking in human beings in each OSCE participating State the SR/CTHB plans to visit;
  3. Preparing country profiles, briefing files and questions, especially with a view to providing advocacy and policy advice to governments and recommendations on mainstreaming CTHB into other related policy areas;
  4. Participating in official country visits, conducting monitoring and thorough follow up to ensure the proper outcome of the country visit; this includes drafting official reports of the country visits and highlighting concrete recommendations on how to improve the implementation of relevant OSCE commitments;
  5. Developing and maintaining regular contacts at the expert level with the delegations of the OSCE participating States, Institutions and field operations and other international organizations, in order to co-ordinate and draw upon their expertise for inputs into the preparation of visits, any related events, documents, and follow up as well as to avoid overlap/duplication;
  6. Providing input into project development and implementation of project activities to assist in furthering OSCE commitments related to trafficking in human beings among OSCE participating States;
  7. Assisting the SR/CTHB in the preparation of relevant materials; drafting and finalizing statements and other texts, including background information, for the SR and Chairperson-in-Office as necessary, and, in relation to co-operation and co-ordination with international organizations, NGOs and other partners in the field of combating THB;
  8. Assisting, in co-operation with other staff, in co-ordination of efforts of other OSCE structures engaged in combating trafficking in human beings across the three dimensions, as well as strengthening networking with anti-trafficking partner organizations and providing recommendations for long- and short-term programmes of possible joint activities, including publications;
  9. Performing other related duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the work of the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, please see

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in international relations, political sciences, law, or related field;
  • Minimum of four years of relevant professional experience, preferably in international organizations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of THB, human rights and rule of law issues;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with anti-trafficking stakeholders at national and international levels;
  • Experience in the implementation of multi-lateral policy and practice activities related to human trafficking, including in areas of prevention, prosecution and/or protection and assistance;
  • Professional fluency in English and Russian with excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE official languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft applications;
  • 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.
Required competencies
Core values
  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Core competencies
  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 4,791 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply

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 qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

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

This vacancy is archived.

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