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Media Officer

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-06

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General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • First-level university degree in journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology
  • Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
  • Good analytical and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Excellent command of project cycle management from project development through monitoring and evaluation including financial and narrative reporting;
  • Experience in media development, including professional background in media and/or training and in donor and civil society co-ordination;
  • Minimum three years of managerial experience with proven ability to supervise staff;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written;
  • Working knowledge of Russian language, both oral and written;
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Working knowledge of Tajik language;
  • Previous field experience in the CIS states, especially Central Asia or the South Caucasus;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal environment of the mission area;
  • Demonstrated mediation and negotiation skills.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head, Human Dimension Department, the Media Officer perfoms the following duties:

  1. Managing the day-to-day operations of the Media Unit;
  2. Initiating, planning, organizing and implements projects to improve capacities of local media and journalists to bring them in line with OSCE standards;
  3. Monitoring, analysing and reporting on media activities, freedom of expression and freedom of media to promote the full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding the freedom of the media;
  4. Advising the Office and informs counterparts on the OSCE strategies regarding media legislation, media development, protection of journalists' rights, freedom of media and freedom of expression;
  5. Preparing Unit's contributions to the annual departmental budget, programme outline, project implementation plan and project implementation;
  6. Reviewing activity reports and other draft texts;
  7. Establishing and maintaining contacts with national and local Tajik authorities, universities and research institutions, international organizations, embassies of foreign countries, Tajik and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
  8. Maintaining close co-ordination, in particular, with the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media;
  9. Managing two national staff members;
  10. Performing other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

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

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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