Consultant - National Focal Points for Austria, Italy and Germany, Vienna, Austria

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Sunday, 7 March 2021

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Vacancy number: VNSECC01608

Vacancy type: Experts/Consultants

Field of expertise: Economic and Environmental Affairs

Number of posts: 3

Duty station: Vienna

Date of issue: 19 February 2021

Deadline for application: 7 March 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Date of entry on duty: 29 March 2021


Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 109 working days within the period 29 March 2021 - 31 December 2022.

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, counterterrorism 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 Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) deals with economic and environmental issues, operating under the premise that promoting economic prosperity and co-operation on environmental problems can contribute to international security and stability. The OSCE’s role is twofold: a) to monitor economic and environmental developments among participating States, and alert them to any threat of conflict, and b) to facilitate the formulation of economic and environmental policies and initiatives among participating States, to promote security.

The OCEEA has launched the E-MINDFUL project that aims to provide guidance on how to leverage balanced and fact-based communication on migration to foster social cohesion, de-polarize the public perception of migrants and prevent further divisions and instability in hosting societies. The project - co-funded by DG HOME and implemented in partnership with the ILO and the Observatory on Public Attitudes on Migration at the European University Institute (OPAM/EUI) - will involve countries in the EU and in the Western Balkans (Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia and Serbia).

To ensure full participation and engagement of relevant authorities in the countries involved, and maximise ownership of the project activities, objectives and outcomes, National Focal Points (NFPs) from key national institutions will act as liaison officers for the project partners, in particular the OCEEA and the ILO in the countries under their respective responsibility. NPFs will serve as entry point for all the information concerning the project implementation and will maintain a constant communication flow with the most suitable institutional setting at national level, while harnessing opportunities to provide the project with visibility. When applicable, NFPs will also interact with OCEEA and ILO with reference to possible co-funding made available by national authorities and its management vis-à-vis the contribution agreement(s) or other tools for financial contribution.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the co-ordinating role of the OCEEA Economic Affairs Officer (Senior Project Manager (SPM) of the project) and the overall supervision of the Project Steering Committee (PSC), the National Focal Points for Austria, Italy and Germany will be tasked with:

Acting as entry point for all the information concerning the project implementation and maintaining a constant communication flow with the most suitable institutional setting at national level, including with reference to possible financial contributions from national authorities from Austria/Italy/Germany to the project; Providing inputs for and supporting the elaboration and the implementation of the project action plan as well as the communication and visibility plan, bringing the added value of the Austrian/Italian/Germany institutional setting involved in the project implementation; Assisting in maximizing the dissemination of information about the project objectives, activities and outcomes, identifying institutions and organizations that can act as multipliers of the information/messages about the project; Participating in all project events and relevant activities, particularly those organized in Austria; Providing inputs, when appropriate, on project reports and other deliverables, including project progress reports and final report in order to fully reflect contributions from national institutional settings; Performing any other tasks related to ensure participation and ownership of the project objectives, activities and outcomes from the relevant institutional setting at national level.

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Necessary Qualifications

University degree in journalism and communication, social science and sociology, law, international relations or similar;
At least three years of work experience in public institutional settings, government authorities or affiliated entities; advantageous if in the field of migration governance/migrants‘ integration;
Experience in dealing with transnational projects; familiarity with EU Agenda on migration would be an asset;
Excellent communication and reporting skills;
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Working with international organizations and/or high political institutions would be an asset;
Professional fluency in written and spoken English, including excellent drafting skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
Professional fluency in Italian and/or German;
Computer literacy;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Remuneration Package

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position 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 //‘>http: //

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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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