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International consultant on inorganic explosives (SSAs)

Kos | Vushtrri

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kos | Vushtrri
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: Closed



The OSCE Mission in Kosovo is implementing a comprehensive project on “Advancement of strategic and operational capacities and human rights compliance within security sector institutions”. This project mainly targets the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) and Kosovo law enforcement institutions, including the Kosovo Police (KP), Police Inspectorate of Kosovo (PIK), Kosovo Correctional Service (KCS), Kosovo Probation Service (KPS), and Kosovo Forensic Agency (KAF). Activities of this project focus on enhancing their operational capacities and specialised skills to effectively respond to criminal behaviour. Specifically, the project foresees numerous specialised and advanced trainings, and workshops and support implementation of local strategies and associated action plans to improve operational effectiveness in tackling all forms of criminal activities, as well as develop and review sub-legal framework.


The project overall objective is to support the security sector institutions to advance their strategic and operational capacities, and human rights compliance within the police, forensics, police oversight, and correctional services. This will be covered through three specific objectives:

1.    Security sector institutions operate more effectively in areas of forensics, oversight mechanisms, re-integration and rehabilitation;
2.    Local law enforcement institutions are able to effectively identify, prevent and combat serious and organized crime; 
3.    Law enforcement institutions and relevant oversight bodies improve their response to preventing, combating, and monitoring hate crimes, while institutional mechanisms efficiently address VERLT. 

At the request of the KAF, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo will organize a five-day “Basic training for inorganic explosives before and after explosion” before and after explosion for ten KAF officials. The training will also cover forensic recovery, identification and analysis of explosives traces, as well as techniques used in forensics for post-blast analysis. The Mission will hire an international consultant with extensive experience in forensic work with explosives, to deliver the training, in order to ensure that the beneficiary will learn the main concepts and the best pactices in the area from an active practitioner in the field.


The training will cover:


•    Use of LC/MSMS-Ultra high performance liquid chromatograph with triple quadrupole mass detector, Model: LCMS-8060, 
•    Validation methods for un-exploded organic explosives and OGSR (organic gunshot residues).


Objective of Assignment: 


The main purpose of the training is to provide participants with hands-on knowledge on pre-detonation/explosive type, construction recognition of explosives and post blast evidence exploitation. In particular, the training will provide the KAF experts with required knowledge and skills to precisely conduct forensics examination to identify the source, type of explosive and the interconnection of the use by criminal and/or terrorist organizations.


Duration of Assignment:


The expert will be hired for eight days.


Tasks and Responsibilities:


Under the supervision of the PDMS Project Manager, the international consultant will familiarize the participants with forensic techniques of explosives’ analysis.    

The consultant will be responsible for:

  • Conducting pre-training evaluation in order to understand the prior knowledge of the recipients of the topics covered in the training, in order to adjust a course flow that would be appropriate for their level. 
  • Developing the training methodology and materials in consultation with the activity manager and deliver the agenda, presentation slides, case studies and role plays prior to the training.
  • Delivering a five days basic training for inorganic explosives before and after explosion for ten KAF officials. 
  • Conducting post-training evaluation in order to determine whether the training was beneficial to the participants.
  • Producing post-training evaluation report and recommendations for further action by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo.



  • By 19 June 2023, submit the presentation, agenda and corresponding materials to the activity manager for review and potential amendment;
  • By 26 June 2023, incorporate PDMS comments in training agenda and material and submit the final version to activity manager for approval;
  • From 03 to 07 July 2023, conduct a  five-day training for 10 participants;
  • By 14 July 2023 deliver a final report, including the results of pre-post evaluation, to the PDMS Project Manager summarizing the observations during the training and providing recommendation on further activities.


Performance Indicators:

  • Final training plan, agenda, presentations, practical exercises, case studies and a training evaluation questionnaire submitted to the activity manager on time and according to the OSCE official templates;
  • Training delivered as scheduled/planned in a requested format, and meeting the requirements of the Project Manager;
  • The completed pre-course evaluation test and the training evaluation questionnaire;
  • The final consultancy report is submitted to the activity manager on time, and meeting the requirements of the Project Manager; 
  • Positive feedback from participants (verbally and written) is received.


Necessary Qualifications:

  • A bachelor degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, Intelligence Studies, Political or Social Sciences or other similar vocational qualifications relevant to the topic or graduation from a recognised police academy or police college;
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in the area of explosives examination forensics;  
  • Proven experience in delivering specialized training courses to law enforecement agencies and public institutions;
  • Cultural sensitivity and sound professional judgment; 
  • Previous experience of working in a capacity-building role; 
  • Excellent spoken and written English language is essential;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and different gender, cultural sensitivity and judgment.


Remuneration Package:


Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.


In order to apply for this position, you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more fields of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form, or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.






Additional Information
  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: KOS000054
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: one
  • Location: KOS - OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Vushtrri / Vucitrn
  • Issue Date: May 8, 2023
  • Closing Date: May 28, 2023
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Target Start Date: 16/06/2023
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