Associate Project Officer

Job Overview

Please note that this vacancy notice is for a maternity leave replacement and the contract will be from 22 February 2021 until 3 September 2021.

Within the Transnational Threats Department, the Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) acts as the focal point for OSCE counter terrorism activities. The Unit assists OSCE participating States in implementing anti-terrorism commitments, thereby enhancing their overall capacities to prevent and combat terrorism. The Unit currently consists of 10 staff members.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head, Anti-terrorism Issues, the incumbent will lead the implementation of the multi-year ‘Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism’ (LIVE) Initiative.

This ExB project is the continuation of an ExB project launched in 2016 under which TNTD/ATU started the development and piloting of three LIVE training curricula tailored to youth leaders, women leaders and community leaders; emphasis was given to traditional and religious communities, as well as to accompanying tools to ensure selection of appropriate participants and support the outcome and evaluation of course delivery.

The current project “Implementation of the ‘Leaders against intolerance and Violent Extremism’ (LIVE) Training Courses” will support those training courses planned for 2018 – 2020, by: (i) establishing a cadre of LIVE facilitators through a series of regionally tailored train-the-trainer (ToT) seminars; (ii) leveraging and tailoring the #UnitedCVE campaign to enhance visibility and reach of the local initiatives generated by LIVE graduates; and (iii) providing overarching guidance and co-ordination in support of funding and sustainability of LIVE training and related activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities
The incumbent will act as a manager of the LIVE Initiative and lead in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities in support of the Initiative as well as provide advice to the project team. More specifically, the selected candidate will be tasked with:

  1. Overseeing, co-ordinating and ensuring coherence in the implementation of: LIVE curricula; providing fundraising, budget formulation and advisory support (including trainer selection, contextual tailoring of curricula) to OSCE field operations and partners to bolster the scale and quality of training delivery,  outcome and monitoring and evaluation;
  2. Identifying and liaising with programmatic focal points within all executive structures and partner organizations regarding their participation in ToTs, planned training delivery and participant selection;
  3. Ensuring alignment and synergies of the LIVE Initiative with other international and OSCE initiatives relevant to civil society roles in preventing VERLT;
  4. Devising an outreach and partnership strategy and establishing partnerships;
  5. Overseeing, and ensuring strategic and policy alignment of the communication component #UnitedCVE campaign;
  6. Collecting and compiling, from various sources, information relevant to further development of developing the ToTs, their update and tailoring curricula and delivery; to ensure continued relevance. carrying out  monitoring visits and evaluation analyses; for lessons learnt purposes;
  7. Monitoring implementation of activities  identifying any problems and taking corrective action, Exercising responsibility over the project budget;
  8. Hiring, overseeing and approving the work of consultants working on  the development, regional tailoring, delivery and evaluation of train-the-trainer courses (ToTs),
  9. Preparing substantive and financial reports and liaising with donors as required;
  10. Contributing to written output, e.g., speeches and talking points (for senior management), analytical notes, reports and input to reports on  the LIVE Initiative as requested;
  11. Representing, and delivering presentations on, the LIVE Initiative in formal and informal fora, meetings and discussions, inside and outside the Organization, as requested;
  12. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Transnational Threats Department, please see:

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in international affairs, political sciences, sociology, psychology, international law, security studies or closely related field;
  • A minimum of four years of relevant professional experience in international affairs; previous experience with the OSCE or other international organizations, especially in project management and technical assistance is an asset;
  • Experience in multilateral affairs, project co-ordination and implementation is highly desirable. Practical experience in working for or in co-ordination with the UN system or other international organizations;
  • Planning and organizing skills with ability to multi-task and adhere to tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated skills in managing complex project logistics, budgets and deliverables;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills, knowledge of another official OSCE language is an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Experience in anti-terrorism-related technical assistance programmes and projects would be a distinct asset, in particular with regard to South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia resulting in an understanding of diverse political, religious and societal sensitivities and legal frameworks in these two regions and the resulting challenges and opportunities for civil society in P/CVERLT is an asset.
Required competencies
Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration Package
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 5,098depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see 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.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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