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International Consultant / Technical Adviser on preventing and combating illicit trafficking of SALW (SSA)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Skopje
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed


The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia is committed to preventing, controlling, and eradicating the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in accordance with international initiatives and standards, as underlined in the National SALW Strategy. 

The present SALW project aims to support the country’s efforts to implement international commitments in the field of preventing and combatting SALW proliferation through enhancing the regulatory, operational, and inter-agency cooperation capacities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA). The project targets four priority areas as identified by the MoIA and works to (1) improve the coordination, and inter-agency cooperation mechanism of the National SALW Commission, (2) enhance the detection capacity of the K9 assets, (3) increase the capacities of national authorities in raising public awareness on the dangers of misuse and proliferation of SALW, and (4) improve the administrative and operational verification capacities on deactivation and destruction of firearms. 

The support is provided through workshops, working group meetings, conferences, and training courses; developing regulatory materials, guidance, and training materials; upgrading the existing infrastructure; creating strategic development plans and enhancing the capacity through acquiring the necessary equipment. Upcoming project activities will cover enhancing the regulatory, operational, and inter-agency cooperation capacities of the MoIA to combat SALW proliferation and misuse of firearms through (1) Deactivation of SALW, (2) Explosive Ordnance Disposal, (3) Border Management and Customs Control, and (4) SALW stockpile management and security.


Objective of Assignment: 

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical advice and support to the Project Coordinator throughout the project implementation process.

Duration of Assignment:

The foreseen period of engagement will be from July 2023 to December 2025, not exceeding 144 working days in a calendar year, up to a maximum of 368 consultancy days.


Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Technical Adviser will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Combatting illicit trafficking of SALW:

a. Development of regulatory framework (Rulebook/Standard Operating Procedure/Manual) for the needs of specialized units of the MOIA and related national authorities; 

b. Assist in organizing and leading working group meetings on SOP and training manual development for police K9 and firearms registration, firearms deactivation and destruction, including streamlining the processes and developing the documents;

c. Develop content for e-learning courses on police K9, firearms deactivation and destruction, and real-time information exchange from previously developed SOPs and training manuals;

d. Develop asset management tools for police K9 management and organization;

e. Assist in organizing and leading working group meetings on developing a masterplan (mid to long-term strategy) for the professionalizing of the Police K9 Unit;

f. Providing analysis, operational support (including needs/feasibility assessments), and/or technical advisory on preventing and combatting illicit trafficking of SALW, ammunition, and explosives in the following thematic areas: 

  • Risk analysis and management;
  • Detection and seizure, deactivation, and destruction of SALW;
  • Investigation and tracing;
  • Criminal procedures;
  • Information management and exchanges;
  • Coordination and cooperation on national, cross-border, (sub)regional, and international levels;
  • Public awareness-raising.

g. Providing analysis, operational support (including needs/ feasibility assessments), and/or technical advisory in support of national capacity development to regulate, manage, and coordinate specific aspects of preventing and combatting illicit trafficking of SALW, ammunition, and explosives, in the following areas:

  • Organizational and managerial framework;
  • Education/training framework; 
  • Infrastructure and equipment;
  • Personnel/HR framework, including gender mainstreaming and career paths development;
  • Information management;
  • Physical security and safety aspects.

h. Providing analysis, operational support (including needs/ feasibility assessments), and/or technical advisory on preventing and combatting illicit trafficking of SALW, ammunition, and explosives, inter alia, in the following contexts:

  • Arms control and disarmament;
  • Counterterrorism and organized crime;
  • Border security and management;
  • Reforms and cooperation in the security sector;
  • Disaster risk reduction;
  • Rule of law and human rights.

2. Project Management:

a. Attend and contribute to national, regional, and international SALW-related meetings and provide written overviews of the thematic topics to the Project Coordinator;

b. Contribute to effective project design development;

c. Conduct frequent project evaluations by applying expert knowledge and tracking statistics and reports from relevant actors in the country, region, and international environment;

d. Conduct research on SALW-related topics (such as statistics, reports, etc.) and provide input as requested by the Project Coordinator;

e. Attend and contribute to project coordination meetings upon request from the Project Coordinator.

3. Mainstreaming gender into SALW:

a. Consider the connection between armed violence and gender-based mainstreaming in the armed forces, law enforcement, security sector institutions, gender, and disarmament, gender and armed conflict, women, children, boys and girls in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control;

b. Promote gender mainstreaming goals and equal treatment for men and women during the work with national authorities;

c. All prepared reports and documents, including working group reports and statistic will envisage gender mainstreaming aspects;

d. Ensure gender mainstreaming in meetings and communications with counterparts;

e. Provide input on gender mainstreaming aspects to working groups.



  • Develop a work plan for the entire period of engagement;
  • Develop and deliver regulatory framework documents, including SOPs and training manuals on K9, and firearms destruction and deactivation and analysis in the thematic areas of the project;
  • Provide in-person and/or online consultations to the Project Coordinator, the Project Implementation Team, national consultants, and other stakeholders;
  • Assist the MOIA K9 Unit in setting up an executive committee for strategic organizational development and provide expert knowledge for creating the draft strategy document;
  • Attend and contribute to upcoming national, regional, and international SALW-related meetings as requested by the Project Coordinator;
  • Lead and contribute to working group meetings on firearms destruction and deactivation-related topics, K9-related topics, SALW awareness-raising topics, and other SALW-related topics;
  • Participate and contribute to a Police and Customs Cooperation Center Conference;
  • Guide national consultants on SALW-related topics, such as SOP development, training development, and strategic organizational development;
  • Develop SALW-related content for e-learning training courses and syllabus aligned with existing training manuals and SOPs; Assist in delivering K9 training for dog handlers in liaison with the implementing partners;
  • Attend and contribute to project coordination meetings and meetings of the Project Coordinator with stakeholders as requested; Participate in SALW-related study visits as per the project implementation plan;
  • Research SALW statistics, reports, and related documents from relevant stakeholders to evaluate project implementation and provide support to the project design upon request by the Project Coordinator;
  • Assist in developing an awareness-raising campaign for SALW-related topics and attend awareness-raising events, providing subject matter expert input;
  • Assist in developing asset management tools for the K9 Unit;
  • Assist in preparing project closing documents, such as lessons-learned register and final reports;
  • Provide activity reports for every calendar month of the engagement, including conducted activities;
  • Perform other project-related duties as requested by the Project Coordinator;


Necessary Qualifications - Mandatory:

  • Candidates having citizenship of or permanent residence of the Republic of North Macedonia are not eligible to apply;
  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in security/defence studies, law enforcement, political science, law, international relations, or similar;
  • A minimum of five (5) years' professional experience in policing and/or security, including progressively responsible experience in security/safety management, police management, public administration, or military;
  • Experience in developing strategic plans for law enforcement agencies, including managerial and operational aspects as well as transnational aspects of security in international organizations, and practical experience in their implementation;
  • Experience reviewing legal frameworks of law enforcement agencies and international regulations for the development of procedures and manuals;
  • Excellent skills and proven experience in drafting reports and other documents;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications; 
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent written/spoken communication skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under deadlines;
  • Adherence to high standards of professional integrity;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse national and cultural backgrounds while remaining impartial and objective;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate gender perspectives into tasks and activities.

Necessary Qualifications - Desirable:

  • A minimum of two (2) years' working experience in consulting project managers, donors, and beneficiaries in an international environment (OSCE, UN, NGOs, etc.);
  • Experience in developing educational curricula (including e-learning) and delivering training courses; 
  • Experience in assessing and evaluating SALW-related conditions and issues within law enforcement and security environments (police reform and development); 
  • Professional knowledge and certification in weapons and/or ammunition stockpile management, working with police or security K9 units, weapon destruction, and deactivation, gender issues regarding disarmament, and working within border management and/or customs;
  • Working experience in South Eastern Europe;
  • Knowledge of local languages in the geographical area of OSCE practical assistance projects in South Eastern Europe or Eastern Europe.


Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on OSCE established rates.

Travel required to fulfil the terms of the agreement will be covered by the Mission according to the OSCE travel policy.


If you wish to apply, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Online Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered.

The recruitment procedure may take up to two months and we will be in further contact with you only if you are selected for an interview. The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer the position with modified terms of reference or a different duration.

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.

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.

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