Expert on Women Peace and Security, Vienna, Austria

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Vacancy number: VNSECC01565

Vacancy type: Experts/Consultants

Field of expertise: Human Rights

Duty station: Vienna

Date of issue: 20 October 2020

Deadline for application: 3 November 2020 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Date of entry on duty: 16 November 2020


Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 40 working days.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Gender Section of the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) supports the efforts of the OSCE Secretary General to promote a continuous and sustainable gender mainstreaming process across the Organization and the full implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, as well as other gender-related commitments undertaken by the OSCE participating States. It assists and advises the OSCE structures in the implementation of the Action Plan by providing technical assistance for the mainstreaming of gender in all activities, policies, programmes and projects.

The OSCE’s new multi-year, comprehensive programme ‚WIN - Women and Men Innovating and Networking for Gender Equality‘ will advance gender equality as a necessary prerequisite for achieving and maintaining stable, prosperous and peaceful societies in the OSCE area. The programme aims to accelerate the implementation of the OSCE 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. It will do this by developing sustainable capacity in the area of gender equality and comprehensive security in selected participating States in close coordination and cooperation with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and other Executive Structures. Moreover, it will contribute to transforming harmful social norms, unequal power relations, traditional attitudes and behaviours of decision makers in favour of gender equality; strengthening women’s networks and networks of man supporting gender equality; and empowering women to fully participate in conflict prevention.

This will be achieved through developing high-quality evidence on the nexus of gender and security and will focus on the women, peace and security agenda, the economic and environmental dimension and combating violence against women and girls (VAWG) with the aim of positively changing policy and practice in participating States. The Programme will strengthen existing and create new networks of female and male gender advocates in governments and civil society in order to foster and enhance an inclusive dialogue in the OSCE region, including in mediation efforts. Finally, the Programme will increase participation of women in peace and development processes at all levels.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The OSCE Gender Section is looking to recruit an expert in Women Peace and Security who will primarily be responsible for the planning and launching of the Women Peace and Security component of the WIN project and for kicking off critical activities. The Technical Advisor will work under the direct guidance of the WIN Project Manager and in close co-operation and co-ordination with the Senior Gender Adviser, the Senior Co-ordination Adviser and Gender Advisers. The expert will be tasked with the following activities:

Designing and developing a comprehensive WPS implementation strategy/project approach taking into account policies of major donors and covering these main components but not limited to the following areas:Networks of women in peace processes; Mapping of research and analysis on gender equality and comprehensive security in the OSCE region; Identifying studies and research on WPS in the OSCE region; International mentoring program to support women in law enforcement, border security and the defence sectors; Career opportunities for young women working on peace and disarmament; Capacity-building workshops for women peacebuilders to engage in various mediations tracks; Conceptualising an online mediation training course; Conceptualising capacity building on preventing violent extremism; Developing at least 6 short concept notes for key priority activities/events at local, national and sub-regional level in year 1 of the project; Supporting the project manager in drafting Terms of Reference, tenders and implementing partner agreements; Providing substantive technical advice and organize online events, meetings of working groups and other activities; Some of the components above can be developed with the support of outside consultants with military or a security background.


December 2020: First draft WPS implementation strategy for review by Gender Section (10 days)

December 2020: Draft concept notes for at least 6 priority activities for 2021 for review by Gender Section (10 days)

January 2021: Final version of the WPS implementation strategy (10 days)

January 2021: Final concept notes for the above mentioned 6 priority activities for 2021 (5 days)

February: Provide support to the WIN project manager in drafting ToRs, tenders and Implementing Partner agreements (5 days)

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see: //‘>http: //

Necessary Qualifications

Second-level university degree in social or political sciences or related field;
At least six years of professional experience in the area of women’s empowerment, with demonstrated experience in the area of women peace and security

Proven experience in planning/programming, project management and implementation, drafting concept notes and reports;
Good knowledge of existing policies, practices and lessons learned on the implementation of WPS agenda, including the international framework and national contexts;
Experience working with international or regional organizations would be an asset.

Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting and editing skills;
Good communication skills, initiative and problem solving skills;
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Computer literacy with knowledge of the Microsoft Office package;
Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

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

Remuneration will depend on the selected consultants/experts qualifications and experience and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

How To Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under //‘>https: //

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under //‘>https: //

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

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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.