Senior Political Adviser (S3)
Sarajevo | Mission
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:
- Second-level university degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
- Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
- Experience in preparing analytical reports
- Excellent communication and drafting skills
- Knowledge of regional political history and developments
- Knowledge of the OSCE policies and principles
Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:
Second-level university degree in history, international relations, political philosophy, political science, law or related fields; A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.
Minimum 6 years of professional experience (including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual post) in the relevant field.
Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
- Second-level university degree in history, international relations, political philosophy, political science, law or related fields;
- Minimum 6 years of professional experience (including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual post) in the relevant field;
- Experience in political affairs with international organizations, governments, or non-government organizations involved in quasi-diplomatic activities;
- Experience in preparing analytical reports;
- Knowledge of regional political history and developments;
- Knowledge of the OSCE policies and principles;
- Ability and willingness to work 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 deadline;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills;
- Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Policy and Planning, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:
1. Managing and co-ordinating the work of the Political Section;
2. Providing strategic analysis of political issues, ensuring that trends and developments relevant to the Mission’s work are brought to the attention of the Mission’s Senior Staff members, through the Chief of Policy and Planning;
3. Contributing to policy discussions among the Mission Senior Staff members. This includes conducting research on selected topics of the Mission interest, drafting background and working papers, and policy briefings;
4. Contributing to making recommendations on how the Mission might appropriately and efficiently focus its activities and tasks to take into account changes in the domestic political and economic landscape;
5. Facilitating co-ordination and planning with the Senior Planning Adviser and relevant staff in the programmatic departments, and with the Heads of Field Offices, to ensure strategic and operational cohesion between political and programmatic activities;
6. Providing policy guidance and advice, where necessary, to the Mission’s mid-management officers, in order to address political obstacles to the achievement of the Mission objectives;
7. Preparing briefings and other materials for the Head and Deputy Head of Mission, as requested;
8. Representing the Mission at the events organised by other organisations. Delivering presentations to external audiences, on the political developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
9. In co-ordination with the Chief of Policy and Planning, maintains regular contacts with domestic interlocutors to ensure BiH partners are informed of and engaged with the Mission’s activities and objectives;
10. In co-ordination with the Chief of Policy and Planning , maintains close and regular contacts with counterparts in partner international organizations in order to inform the Mission of the plans and priorities of the international community and work towards joint strategic planning where possible.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see: https://www.osce.org/mission-to-bosnia-and-herzegovina
Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
Only those applicants 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
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 https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
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: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.