Political/Reporting Officer, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

City: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Office: OSCE Sarajevo

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the institutions.

Issued by

OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vacancy number VNBAHS00940 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Political Affairs Functional level Professional Grade S1 Number of posts 1 Duty station Sarajevo Date of issue 4 August 2020 Deadline for application 1 September 2020 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST) Date of entry on duty 25 November 2020

General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

Excellent physical condition

Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission

Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

First-level university degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields

Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments

Experience in preparing analytical reports

Excellent communication and drafting skills

Knowledge of regional political history and developments

Diplomatic and negotiating skills

Tags bosnia and herzegovina computer applications human rights journalism political affairs political history political science

Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


First-level university degree in journalism, political science, international relations or related field;
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred;
Ability to quickly review information products, both in terms of language and substance;
Experience in preparing analytical reports;
Knowledge of regional political history and developments;
Knowledge of the OSCE policies and principles;
Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure of deadline;
Professional fluency in English;
Excellent written communication skills;
Ability to operate Microsoft Office computer applications.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to play a vital role in strengthening the countrys ability to foster a sustainable and stable security environment, to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovinas governance, and to encourage its consolidation as a democratic society. The Mission supports political and education reform and works to promote and protect human rights of all citizens of BiH.

Under the supervision of the Senior Political Adviser, the incumbent gathers and reviews information related to political, socio-economic and security issues in the country and provides advice on Missions responses and activities. He / she also works to ensure quality and harmonization of content and style within Mission reports, speeches for Missions senior staff, and other external and internal documents. The Political and Reporting Officer is also responsible for providing advice to the Senior Political Adviser related to political and programmatic reporting, external communication and related issues.

As the Political and Reporting Officer, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties:

1. Gathering and reviewing information related to political, socio-economic and security issues in the country;
2. Drafting and reviewing external and internal reports, publications, talking points, speeches and briefing packages, for quality of content and style;
3. Developing and/or maintaining informational products on a wide range of thematic topics of the Missions interest;
4. Developing and/or maintaining information gathering/processing mechanisms;
5. Supporting co-ordination, and information sharing between relevant staff in the programmatic departments, and with the Heads of Field Offices, to ensure strategic and operational cohesion between political and programmatic activities;
6. Providing advice to the Supervisor on reporting and co-ordination needs and challenges, including specialized communication components to enhance reporting products and services;
7. Acting as focal point within the Political and Reporting unit for selected field offices and assigned thematic topics/issues;
8. Performing other tasks as required.

For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see: https://www.osce.org/mission-to-bosnia-and-herzegovina

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. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.