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International Consultant - Senior Drupal Developer (Backend) (SSA)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-17


The OSCE website is developed and maintained as a corporate platform out of the Communication and Media Relations Section (COMMS) resources for the benefit of the entire Organization. Since the last update of the OSCE web platform was done in 2014-2015, this project is introducing many areas of improvements, giving flexibility to the content contributors to showcase the impact of OSCE activities in a modern, compelling way.

The new website would bring increased understanding of the OSCE by its audiences, as well as creating stronger and more trustworthy image. In addition, this will give OSCE a website that is ready to support a major communication campaign in 2025, as well as easier publishing workflows for the executive structures.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of COMMS in-house Associate Web Developer, the Senior Drupal Developer will work on the implementation of new features on the Drupal 10 relaunch project of

1.    Developing custom Drupal modules to add new functionality or modify existing features.
2.    Customizing and extending existing Drupal modules to suit specific project requirements.
3.    Setting up and configuring Drupal core and contributed modules.
4.    Managing Drupal’s configuration system for deploying changes across environments.
5.    Integrating Drupal with external services and APIs, such as newsletter systems, analytics tools or other web services.
6.    Ensuring secure and efficient data exchange between Drupal and external systems.
7.    Configuring user roles and permissions for content management workflows.
8.    Setting up and managing user authentication and authorization.
9.    Ensuring the security of the Drupal site against common web vulnerabilities (like SQL injection, XSS, CSRF).
10.    Working closely with other developers to ensure seamless integration of the frontend with Drupal's backend functionalities.
11.    Collaborating with designers, project managers, and other stakeholders to meet project goals.
12.    Using version control systems (GIT) for source code management.
13.    Documenting the code and backend processes for future reference and team members.
14.    Adhering to and promoting best practices in Drupal development, coding standards, and security.
15.    Writing and maintaining automated tests to ensure code quality and functionality.
16.    Performing debugging and troubleshooting of website issues.


•    Implementation of publishing workflows for website editors
•    Configuration of Search API module and Apache SolR search & facets
•    Implementation of a blog section
•    Setup of paragraphs for custom content components
•    Bug fixing of existing components
•    Prepare data attributes for custom dimension tracking through Google Tag Manager (or alternative Analytics tools)

The Associate Web Developer will verify the performance of the Consultant and will certify whether the services have been successfully performed. 


Necessary Qualifications:

•    First-level university degree.
•    Minimum of five years of professional experience in web development, preferably in an international, multi-cultural environment.
•    Demonstrated superior experience of Drupal site-building and Module development
•    Strong architectural abilities, including knowledge with data, display, and information architecture, as well as experience with PHP development
•    Advanced site-building skills
•    Experience with Drupal’s localization and internationalization features. 
•    Experience with the version control system GIT
•    Good knowledge of English; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset; 
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;


Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant's/expert's qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

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/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.


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. 


Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see


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

Additional Information
  • Issued by: OSCE Secretariat
  • Requisition ID: SEC000475
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: SEC - OSCE Secretariat, Vienna
  • Issue Date: May 27, 2024
  • Closing Date: Jun 17, 2024
  • Target Start Date: As soon as possible
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