Vienna, Austria
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Senior Adviser

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Senior Adviser

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre/Deputy Head of the OSCE Secretariat (D/CPC) is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and directing field-related activities and activities related to politico-military aspects of security. She co-ordinates effective application of the OSCE conflict cycle toolbox encompassing early warning, conflict prevention, risk reduction, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation as well as supports enhancement and use of the Organization’s mediation and dialogue facilitation capabilities as mandated by the relevant OSCE decisions and commitments. She serves as the focal point in the Secretariat in relation to all politico-military matters and co-ordinates support to the proceedings of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation by providing advice and facilitating the work of  the FSC Chairmanship and the Troika. She also oversees the programmatic activities of the CPC, with respect to development and implementation of programmes and projects managed by CPC.

A support function will be created to assist  the D/CPC in strategic and liaison matters.

The Senior Adviser will report directly to the D/CPC. He/she will support her in fulfilling her tasks as laid out above, including by helping to identify issues of strategic importance, develop proposals together with CPC teams, and fulfil a liaison  role both within the CPC but also between the CPC and the current and incoming Chairs as well as international partners. In particular, the Senior Adviser will support the D/CPC in developing a longer-term strategy for the CPC, based on the commitments identified by the participating States, enhancing consistency and continuity. He/she will work in close collaboration with colleagues in all parts of the CPC, the Secretariat, the Chairmanship, the other participating States, as well as with relevant OSCE offices/Institutions/Field Operations.

Specifically, the Senior Adviser will be responsible for:

  1. Advising and supporting D/CPC long-term policy planning, including on cross-cutting and thematic issues, regional and country-specific strategies;
  2. Providing advice to D/CPC to strengthen priority setting and continuity, particularly in support of the field operations;
  3. Carrying out analysis of the political and operational environment of the CPC, identifying, monitoring and assessing relevant developments;
  4. Supporting liaison with the current and incoming Chairs and co-operation with key international partners on CPC relevant issues, in close co-operation with other parts of the Secretariat. Developing and enhancing strategic partnerships with new partners;
  5. Performing other related duties as assigned, such as drafting key note speeches and other high-level documents for D/CPC.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Second-level university degree in political science, international relations, or another related field;
  • A minimum of eight years of academic, policy and/or programmatic experience in conflict prevention, early warning, mediation, of which at least five years should have been in a multilateral, multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conflict prevention issues in the OSCE area;
  • Substantial expertise in internal co-ordination of international organizations, policy related analysis, assessments and programmatic design;
  • Experience in strategy development and strategic support in an international environment;
  • A good network of contacts relating to Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security issues;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • A high degree of initiative and sound judgement;
  • Ability and desire to engage in solutions-oriented creative thinking;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of at least one other OSCE working language is a strong asset; knowledge of at least one other OSCE working language is a strong asset;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.

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