Head of Field Office, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Field location: Travnik, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Office: OSCE in Travnik

Closing date: Monday, 14 September 2020

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vacancy number: VNBAHS00939

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Political Affairs

Functional level: Middle management

Grade: S3

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Travnik

Date of issue: 3 August 2020

Deadline for application: 14 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:

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

Excellent communication and drafting skills

Knowledge of regional political history and developments

Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Second-level university degree in law, political dcience, international relations, public policy, or equivalent;
Tags bosnia and herzegovina conflict prevention gender perspective human rights political affairs political history political science programme implementation social conditions word processing

Minimum 6 years (including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual post) of relevant professional experience in an international setting. Previous experience of working with an international organisation preferred;
Understanding of the work of the Human Dimension Department and the strategic and local issues related to human rights, education, rule of law and democratic governance;
Knowledge of political structures and current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Excellent communication skills including the capacity to convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion for different audiences;
Strong analytical, problem solving, advocacy and mediation/facilitation skills;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, with ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Professional fluency in English with excellent oral and drafting skills;
Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff;
Excellent organisational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information;
Computer proficiency especially in word processing and email.


Knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian is an advantage.

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.

Should you be selected for the position, you will work on the co-ordination of the Human Dimension programme activities in your area of responsibility under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department (HDD). As Head of Field Office you will perform the following duties:

Ensuring that the Departments resources are used effectively and efficiently to achieve the Human Dimension programme objectives, providing co-ordination between the political and programmatic aspects of the Missions work in the Field Office; In co-operation with HDD Management and Heads of Section, supporting programme implementation through provision of mentoring and advice on programme policy and implementation and intervening directly with local counterparts where necessary; Liaising with governmental, non-governmental and international organisations active in sectors relevant to the Human Dimension Programme in the AoR to gather information and ensuring appropriate field level co-ordination; Acquainting yourself with local political and social conditions and proactively seeking information which might have an impact on the current implementation and future development of the Human Dimension Programme in your AoR and advising the Head Office accordingly; Providing regular political analysis and update to the Head Office and the Field and advising on all aspects relevant to the implementation and future planning of the programme, including first level evaluation of programmatic activities taking place in the AoR; Acting as early warning focal point in the Field and leading the process of development and implementation of the Field Office Conflict Prevention Plan in order to analyze the situation in the AoR, identify and prioritize issues to be addressed and develop adequate response action; Ensuring that there is effective communication between Field Office and Head Office by bringing problems and issues to the attention of relevant Head Office staff in a timely manner; and ensuring that progress in achieving the programmes objectives are reported accurately and by ensuring that instructions and requests from Head Office to the Field are understood and actioned; Informing the HDD Management and Heads of Section about programmatic issues, ensuring that programmatic activities are consistent with political objectives and that political obstacles to programme implementation are brought to the attention of the Head Office; Carrying out the administrative duties of the Head of Field Office; Ensuring that all Office staff work in compliance with the OSCE regulatory framework whilst maintaining a harmonious, productive and professional working environment; Attending security briefings on behalf of the Office organized by EUFOR Liaison and Observation Teams (LOTs), local police and other relevant organisations and informing all Office staff of the current security situation as appropriate; Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the work of OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see //www.osce.org/bih‘>http: //www.osce.org/bih

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 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.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.