Consultant - Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism - Training Evaluator, Vienna, Austria

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Thursday, 4 March 2021

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 Secretariat

Vacancy number VNSECC01607 Vacancy type Experts/Consultants Field of expertise Security Number of posts 1 Duty station Vienna Date of issue 18 February 2021 Deadline for application 4 March 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Background

Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 61 working days.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, 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 Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) is the focal point for co-ordinating and facilitating OSCE anti-terrorism activities. TNTD/ATU contributes to the implementation of the OSCE’s counter-terrorism commitments by providing support to the Chairperson-in-Office, the Secretary General and the participating States on anti-terrorism matters and by enhancing co-ordination within the OSCE on related issues. TNTD/ATU also assists participating States with implementing their relevant commitments in this area, as defined by relevant decisions, and acts on requests from participating States to assist in enhancing their capacities to respond to current and emerging terrorist threats. TNTD/ATU supports the work of relevant UN bodies and enhances co-operation with external partners and other regional organizations in preventing and countering terrorism.

"Implementation of the ‚Leaders against intolerance and Violent Extremism‘ (LIVE) Training Courses" is a flagship TNTD/ATU ExB project designed to build the capacity of civil society in fostering community resilience to VERLT. It supports the implementation of Ministerial Council Declaration No. 4/15 on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism. This intervention is a continuation of an ExB project launched in 2016 under which TNTD/ATU commenced the development and piloting of three LIVE training curricula tailored to youth leaders, women leaders and community leaders.

The overall objective of the current project is to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism through effective implementation of the ‚Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism‘ (LIVE) training courses.

The current project supports those training courses delivered in and planned for 2018 - 2021, 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.

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

Tasks and Responsibilities

The OSCE is looking for a qualified candidate to the position of an external consultant with expertise in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and in-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in issues related to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (P/CVERLT).

Under the supervision of - and in close collaboration with - TNTD/ATU, the selected Consultant will conduct an evaluation of the Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism (LIVE) initiative and develop an evaluation report. The consultant will be tasked with the following:

Measuring the utility of the initiative for its main beneficiaries (LIVE facilitators and LIVE training participants), OSCE field operations and the LIVE initiative’s partners;Assessing, whether, to date, the intended outcome of the LIVE initiative has been achieved in geographical areas where the project has been implemented; Delineating key challenges and lessons learned to date from the implementation of the LIVE initiative;While, given that the project is still ongoing, the long-term impact might not yet be observable, assessing if and to what extent the intended overall objective of the LIVE initiative has been achieved in areas where the project has been implemented;In assessing the realization of its foreseen outcomes, the evaluation should also consider whether the LIVE initiative has sufficiently mainstreamed the do-no-harm approach;Providing robust, contextualized, short and long-term recommendations concerning P/CVERLT capacity-building activities for civil society and other relevant stakeholders of the OSCE Secretariat, field operations and LIVE partners. Due to the OSCE field operations‘ focus on youth-centered activities in the context of the LIVE initiative, emphasis should be placed on activities designed with and for young people;Providing recommendations to inform organizational succession planning and ongoing stewardship of the LIVE initiative following the current ExB project.

Necessary Qualifications

Second-level university degree in social sciences or related fields;
A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in developing MEL approaches;
Preferably a minimum of four years of documented evaluation experience in a lead role;
A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in the area of P/CVERLT;
Extensive documented knowledge of monitoring and evaluation approaches, standards, methodologies, and best practices, of relevance to international organizations;
Strong documented quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
Documented knowledge of issues pertaining to preventing and countering violence, intolerance, violent extremism, terrorism, strategic communications, as well as human rights aspects in these contexts;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Professional fluency in English with excellent writing skills; knowledge of other OSCE official languages is an asset;
Flexibility and ability to work under time pressure to meet tight deadlines;
Computer literate;
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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 tasks and deliverables, 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://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under http://www.osce.org/employment.

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

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

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.

Applicants should be aware that OSCE staff/mission members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. The OSCE subscribes to the following core ethical standards or values: integrity, diversity, commitment and accountability.

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