Expert on Policy and Co-ordination (international consultancy), Belgrade, Serbia

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

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade, Serbia

Office: OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Closing date: Tuesday, 27 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 Serbia

Vacancy number VNSRMC00675 Vacancy type Experts/Consultants Field of expertise Political Affairs Number of posts 1 Duty station Belgrade Date of issue 21 April 2021 Deadline for application 27 April 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST) Date of entry on duty 17 May 2021


This vacancy is open for the applicants with the citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding the Republic of Serbia.

The Office of the Head of Mission (OHoM) of the OSCE Mission to Serbia closely follows the political situation in Serbia and the wider South-Eastern Europe region. OHoM is the main communication channel of the Mission and its programmes with the OSCE Secretariat, OSCE institutions, international organisations and national stakeholders. Through its various units, it ensures adequate coordination and quality control of programs, policy, communication, political advice and reporting. To perform these tasks, the OHoM relies on its fixed-term staff, but on occasion also on experts possessing adequate expertise in the above-mentioned areas. To this end, the OHoM requires the services of an experienced expert, familiar with the functioning of front offices, co-ordination mechanisms, communication, reporting and political affairs.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission, the consultant will be responsible for:

Providing advice on policy and co-ordination to the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), advising on co-ordination and integrated processes within the Mission; facilitating the translation of the Mission leadership’s strategic vision and policy intent into viable tasks and priorities; advising on coherent and integrated communication and information-sharing within the Mission and between the Office of the Head of Mission (OHoM) and the Mission’s departments;Advising HoM and DHoM on a range of Mission activities, including mandate implementation, sensitive political developments, policy, planning, management and security issues; assessing their implications and providing appropriate policy options, recommendations and proposals in response to issues of strategic interest;Advising on feeding departments‘ input into written material for HoM or DHoM and clearance of talking points, briefs, reports and letters to ensure quality and accuracy; providing input into the Mission’s budget documentation;Maintaining contacts with host country government officials, representatives of international organisations and the diplomatic corps in Belgrade; co-ordinating high-level visits;Advising on the co-ordination of work within the OHoM and its interaction with other departments, including through the development, implementation and periodical update of standard operating procedures;Participating in recruitment and selection boards as expert panel member, in the sense of Staff Instruction No. 17, para 8.6.5 and its Annex IX.

The expert will be based at the Mission, duty station Belgrade.

Necessary Qualifications

Advanced university degree in political sciences, international relations or a related field;
Minimum 10 years of experience in multilateral organisations, providing support to senior executives;
Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments;
Proven experience in preparing analytical reports;
Excellent communication and drafting skills;
Demonstrated knowledge of political, security, economic and social issues in the Republic of Serbia and South-Eastern Europe;
Diplomatic and negotiating skills;
Professional fluency in English language, both oral and written, and working knowledge of the local language;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, national and religious background;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the

OSCE Competency Model available at:

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

The consultant will be employed on a Special Service Agreement for a period of 2.5 months, and will be paid EUR 250 per day worked. Payment will be effected at the end of each month, depending on the actual number of days worked in that month.

How To Apply


apply online through this website (

no later than 27 April 2021. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 15 May 2021 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration

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