Project 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, 13 April 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 Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vacancy number VNBAHP00960 Vacancy type International Contracted Field of expertise General Staff / Monitoring Functions Grade P1 Number of posts 1 Duty station Sarajevo Date of issue 16 March 2021 Deadline for application 13 April 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST) Date of entry on duty 20 June 2021


Please note that this position is funded under an Extra-Budgetary (ExB) Project which runs until 31 December 2021, with the possibility of an extension subject to further receipt of funds.

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to play a vital role in strengthening the country’s ability to foster a sustainable and stable security environment, to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 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.

The Project Officer is based within the Human Dimension Department (HDD) at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is essential for the overall implementation of the extra budgetary project entitled: "Promoting a Dialogue for Reconciliation in BiH" (the Project).

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Deputy Head of HDD, should you be selected for the position, you will be primarily responsible for ensuring coherence and consistency in implementation of the project, liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, as well as regularly monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress in achieving of the project’s objectives. You will be responsible for regular provision of advice to the HDD Management and be directly responsible for timely organization of project activities, as well as liaison with implementing partners, donor agency and key beneficiaries. In particular, you will structure information received from the project stakeholders, implementing partners, key beneficiaries, and Mission Head Office and Field Office staff. You will prepare donor reports as requested. In addition, you will be required to consistently ensure the quality of reporting and provide regular and timely expert advice to the HDD Management in all issues arising from the monitoring of the Project’s implementation. In order to ensure the cohesiveness of the project, you will liaise with the HDD Management and co-ordinate the work of the Project Assistant working on the project.

As the Project Officer, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties: 1. Leading all project activities and events, drafts internal/external reports, participating in project related recruitment and procurement processes, and liaising with the field office staff on project implementation as well as project’s implementing partners, donor organizations, CSOs, relevant authorities and other groups in order to ensure effective co-ordination and implementation of planned project activities;
2. Conducting periodic assessments and advocacy for broader impact of the project, in particular in ensuring the timely delivery of expected outputs and effective synergy among the various stakeholders;
3. Monitoring and evaluating implementation of the project throughout the various stages, collecting relevant information, analysing data, and drafting progress and final narrative donor reports;
4. Conducting field visits throughout the country to monitor project implementation;
5. Providing advice on lessons learned from project implementation and making recommendations for more effective implementation and co-ordination of project activities;
6. Leading the recruitment of project consultants/external experts;
7. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see:

Necessary Qualifications

Citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding the citizenship and/or permanent residence of the country of the duty station;
First-level university degree in international relations, political science, human rights, conflict studies, communication or other related field;
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in project management/development;
Experience with project management and project management terms (results-based planning and the logical framework matrix) and proven experience in project proposal writing (experience in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation an asset);
Experience drafting reports and ensuring that language, tone, style and format match varying audiences and purposes;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, gender and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;
Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
Holding a valid driving license;
Working knowledge of the local languages is an advantage.

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

Monthly remuneration subject to social security deductions is about US$ 3,028 to which is added Board and Lodging Allowance (currently EUR 114 per day subject to change without prior notice). Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply

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


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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.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

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

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