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International Expert on Strategic Planning and Youth Engagement


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Tirana
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-23


The OSCE Presence in Albania (PiA) recognizes the need to support Albania in empowering civil society, particularly youth, to more effectively engage in decision-making and democratic consolidation. The OSCE PiA remains a key partner to Albania in promoting a more inclusive and participative society and upholding equality of rights between women and men. To this effect, the OSCE PiA has also established a Youth Advisory Board, composed of nine young members with diverse backgrounds to provide input on youth concerns and needs into the Presence’s youth work. The Presence’s work on youth will continue to feature prominently as Tirana has become the “European Youth Capital” in 2022 – providing the Presence and other stakeholders with an opportunity to reinforce the inclusion and engagement of young people across different sectors.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Presence in Albania please see:”.

The Extra-Budgetary Project “Youth in Focus II” (hereinafter “the Project”) aims to promote the OSCE values and commitments among youth in Albania and facilitate their regional and international networking. To achieve this, the project focuses on the following:


  1. Assessing and enhancing multipronged engagement of the OSCE PiA with and for young women and men, in line with OSCE commitments.
  2. Stimulating mutual learning and development towards building democratic societies, peace and security among youth of Albania and their peers from the Western Balkans and OSCE-wide area.
  3. Broadly raising awareness on Youth, OSCE, Peace, and Security.

Under the Project “Youth in Focus II: Promoting the Role of Youth in Peace and Security”, the OSCE PiA is seeking to hire an International Expert to develop strategic guidance document to guide the OSCE PiA work ‘with and for youth’, including providing strategic recommendations for the implementation of the ‘Youth in Focus II’ Project in particular. Through this strategic guidance, the OSCE PiA aims to guide its work and strengthen its efforts on youth and security in the country by finding the best way to integrate youth perspectives and youth-specific considerations, concerns, needs, and priorities into the OSCE PiA’s planning and programmatic activities


Objective of Assignment: 

The International Expert shall provide strategic guidance that shall inform the OSCE PiA’s work on youth, with a mid-term outlook on potential project design/interventions. In addition, it will come with specific recommendations to inform the implementation of the activities of the “Youth in Focus II” Project, including potential follow-up actions upon its completion.


Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the National Project Officer of the ”Youth in Focus II” Project, the Expert shall/is expected to perform the following tasks:


  • Conduct desk research and review key youth-related documents, strategies, policies, and studies in Albania to summarize and map the country's current situation including youth challenges and needs and youth-related work pertaining to the OSCE PiA mandate and areas of engagement in Albania. The desk-research should include, but it is not limited to, (i) OSCE PiA's documents and relevant material, (ii) national policy documents (e.g. including national law on youth, national youth strategy, national guideline on youth participation in municipal councils, etc.) (iii) youth-related assessments, and (iv) other studies;
  • Based on existing youth perception surveys and other related-studies, organize and facilitate at least 3 in-depth focus group discussions with young people and least 10 consultation meetings with OSCE staff/departments and key stakeholders in the country (representatives from the Albanian Ministry of Youth and Children, National Youth Agency, Municipality of Tirana, National Youth Congress, RYCO, other UN agencies such as: UNDP, UNICEF, etc.) with the intention of better understanding the current state of play of youth-related work and programmes in Albania and OSCE PiA;
  • Following the desk-research and consultation meetings, develop a report of OSCE PiA youth portfolio assessment vis-a-vis the youth-related work and priorities of the Government of Albania, civil society organizations, international actors, and development partners in Albania;
  • Develop the OSCE PiA strategic guidance document on 'working with and for youth', including, if any, potential activities, recommendations, and proposals for changes that need to be designed/implemented in the near- to mid-term future;
  • In an Annex, as part of the overall strategic guidance document, more specifically, provide a set of strategic recommendations for the implementation of the "Youth in Focus II” Project, including potential follow-up actions upon its completion;
  • Communicate and coordinate on a weekly/biweekly basis, and ad-hoc as deemed it necessary, with the OSCE PiA Project Team, including conducting online discussions and facilitation as needed;
  • Provide drafts of the required deliverables on the agreed dates, expect feedback by OSCE PiA within 3 working days and incorporate their feedback and suggestions into the prepared draft documents within maximum of 3 working days;
  • Develop a PowerPoint presentation to visualize the strategic guidance document, including the recommendations for the implementation of the “Youth in Focus II” Project.


The consultant is expected to be based at the premises of the OSCE Presence in Albania in Tirana, Albania for a maximum of 10 working days and the remainder of the necessary work to conclude this consultancy shall be conducted remotely.


The International Expert is expected to submit within:

  • Deliverable 1: a report of OSCE PiA youth portfolio assessment vis-a-vis the youth-related work, priorities and/or opportunities of the Government of Albania, civil society organizations, international actors, and development partners in Albania.
  • Deliverable 2: a report on youth perceptions in Albania, following the desk-research and in-depth focus group discussions with young people.
  • Deliverable 3: a strategic guidance document and PowerPoint presentation, including an annex with specific recommendations towards the implementation of the "Youth in Focus II" Project, including potential follow-up actions upon its completion, in line with the main outcomes stemming/deriving from the first two deliverables.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • University degree in a field relevant to the OSCE’s Human Dimension pillar, such as international relations, political science, law, development studies, economics, public administration or human geography;
  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience with a Master’s Degree, and eight (8) years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree,  in the field of programming, developing policy briefs or documents and implementing projects with Government, international organizations, or academia on issues of youth;
  • Proven experience in research methodology, data collection, qualitative data analysis, and/or programme evaluation research;
  • Proven experience in the field of youth, good governance, and/or strategic planning and public administration;
  • Familiarity with gender equality, and gender mainstreaming principles and proven experience in conducting gender analysis in evaluations/ programming would be an asset;
  • Fluent in written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Outstanding writing and reporting skills.


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.

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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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