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International Consultant - Needs assessment of women police associations in Central Asia

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 30 working days.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

The Office of the Secretary General (OSG) plays a key role in supporting the Secretary General in the effective implementation of his/her mandate and specific tasks given to him/her by the OSCE participating States. The Gender Issues Programme of the OSG supports the efforts of the OSCE Secretary General to promote a continuous and sustainable gender mainstreaming process across the Organization and the full implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, as well as other gender-related commitments undertaken by the OSCE participating States. It assists and advises the OSCE structures in the implementation of the Action Plan by providing technical assistance for the mainstreaming of gender in all activities, policies, programmes and projects.

“WIN for Women and Men: Strengthening Comprehensive Security through Innovating and Networking for Gender Equality (WIN)”  is a project aimed at accelerating the operationalization of WPS principles in the OSCE region, capitalizing on the OSCE’s comparative advantage of bridging global and regional promising practices with localized approaches across dimensions and through developing tools. It also builds confidence and capacity, and strengthening networks of women peacebuilders, elected officials, security professionals and young women. In this regard, the OSCE’s police-related activities form an integral part of the Organization’s efforts in conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. However, despite the many benefits of having more women in policing, female police officer’s representation is still at a low level. In fact, and as noted above, female police officers continue under-represented across the OSCE region.

Associations of women police are an excellent mechanism for promoting gender equality within the police service and for enhancing women’s roles and participation within the police. National and regional associations of women police empower female police officers by allowing them to pool their voices, thereby increasing their ability to address the challenges they face and propose practical solutions. 

The WIN project is well placed to support efforts in the OSCE participating States to mainstream gender in security cooperation, including inter alia in the police and in the wider security sector. The needs assessment will explore how and to what extent the WIN project can best identify and support existing networks of women police (and, as relevant, women serving in the wider security sector), with a geographic focus on Central Asia.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see: 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the WIN Project Manager, the Consultant will be tasked with the following:

  1. Conducting a situational analysis to establish a baseline in form of an overview about the level of representation of women in the police and associations of women police in CA and their activities and the relative strengths and challenges that these associations face;
  2. Assessing the needs of the existing national (and as relevant regional) associations of women police (and /or women in the security sector) and suggest whether, how and to what extent these associations could be strengthened and scaled up within the framework of the WIN project;
  3. Building on the experience and lessons-learnt from existing regional networks through dedicated umbrella associations of women in the police, in particular WPON (For more information see;
  4. Assessing how male police officers, in particular those in medium and senior management positions, can be involved in promoting the importance and relevance of gender related aspects in policing.  

The Consultant will work in close co-operation with the WIN’s project team, Gender Advisers, the TNTD/SPMU and relevant stakeholders in OSCE executive structures. 



  1. Needs assessment report of the needs, opportunities and possible modalities for strengthening gender inclusion and the representation of female police officers in national police services by providing effective support, within the framework of the WIN project;
  2. Action plan about of how the WIN project can best contribute to strengthening gender inclusiveness and women’s representation in the police services working as police officers by supporting existing national associations of women police officers in Central Asia.

Suggested methodology:

  1. Develop a detailed workplan and methodology.
  2. Gather information from the OSCE network on police academies to assess to what extent and how police academies already address gender equality and support the women police associations. 
  3. Develop questionnaires and conduct interviews with  OSCE’s SPMU, OSCE staff in field operations working on police matters, and other relevant substantive staff within the OSCE Secretariat.
  4. Develop a questionnaire on mainstreaming gender in the police service and the roles and opportunities and challenges of national associations of women in police, to be sent to a representative group of female and male police officers in participating States in Central Asia. 

Necessary Qualifications:

•    Graduated from a police academy or similar, and/or holding a second-level university degree in social or political sciences or related field;
•    At least six years of professional experience with national associations of women police officers and/or working within or closely with a national police services; 
•    Experience in the area of women’s empowerment, with demonstrated experience in the area of security forces and women peace and security would be a significant asset. 
•    Knowledge of existing policies, practices and lessons learned on gender equality in the police; 
•    Good knowledge of Central Asia would be an important asset;
•    Proven experience drafting needs assessments and action plans;
•    Experience working with international or regional organizations.
•    Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting and editing skills;
•    Good communication skills, initiative and problem solving skills;
•    Computer literacy with knowledge of the Microsoft Office package;
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the applicable fee scale that applies to the delivery of consultancy services by individual
contractors, and shall depend on the complexity of the tasks and deliverables.

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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


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