Associate Project Officer, Austria

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Friday, 10 September 2021


Please note that this position is funded under an Extra-Budgetary (ExB) Project which runs until 31 December 2022.

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.

Free expression and free media are basic human rights. To ensure compliance with media-freedom commitments agreed upon by participating States, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) was established in December 1997. The function of the Representative is to observe relevant media developments in OSCE participating States with a view to providing early warning on violations of freedom of expression. The Representative concentrates on rapid response to serious non-compliance with OSCE principles and commitments by participating States. In case of serious problems caused, for instance, by obstruction of media activities and unfavourable working conditions for journalists, the Representative seeks direct contacts with the participating State and other parties involved, assesses the facts and contributes to the resolution of the issue. Another task is to assist participating States by advocating and promoting full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding freedom of expression and free media. Assistance is typically provided in the form of legal analyses of legislation, organizing conferences and roundtables during which best practices are shared and promoted, preparing topical publications and guidebooks on media freedom matters and providing training seminars for media and government officials.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Director, as Associate Project Officer, you will act as the main project officer for Safety of Female Journalists Online (SOFJO) Phase II addressing the safety of female journalists online, in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the project online and offline, and other activities within your field(s) of responsibility, as well as in the organizational and logistic issues related to them.

More specifically, you will be performing the following:

Co-ordinating the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the gender targeting project and its activities with a view to effectively utilizing resources and the added value of the Office;
Preparing gender-responsive project approaches, including activity needs analysis, in line with the OSCE standards and commitments on media freedom and gender equality; researching and planning future activities from a result-perspective and with a multi-stakeholder approach;
Preparing written outputs, e.g., speeches and talking points (for the Representative, the Director, the Secretary General, Chairmanship), analytical notes, reports and inputs for reports on matters within the nexus of gender equality and media freedom; dealing with press and public information related issues for the project;
Identifying and managing the development of creative and cost-effective digital approaches for thematic digital activities enabling the planned project results, such as interactive networking; hybrid meeting designs and digital round tables;
Managing the production of targeted audio-visual and written web-content independently and in line with the OSCE style- and language guidelines; filming and editing audio-visual presentations for web-publishing;
Overseeing the work of expert consultants, service providers, possible implementing partners, and temporary staff involved in the implementation of the project;
Commissioning and co-ordinating technical consultants; and overseeing the financial bookings;
Monitoring budget implementation of the project, checking the bookings, financial/payment documents, and liaising with all relevant parties to ensure timely and accurate payment, et al;
Participating in formal and informal meetings and presentations, inside and outside the RFoM Institution; making presentations on topics/activities;
Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, please see

Necessary Qualifications:

First-level university degree in political science, communication, media studies, gender studies, journalism, law, or other related field;
A minimum of four years of work experience in the areas of project management, event planning and/or international relations;
Experience in applying knowledge of project management techniques, including result based management of the full project cycle;
Experience in drafting and editing professional documents as well as filming and editing audio-visual material for web-publishing;
Experience in applying financial management skills including management of expenses, and experience of procurement of services;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Professional fluency in written and spoken English; additional OSCE language is beneficial;
Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 5,090, with the actual monthly salary depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

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

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

Only those candidates 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.

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.

Additional Information

Requisition ID: OSC00002H

Contract Type: Fixed-Term

Grade: P2

Location: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Vienna

Posting Date: Aug 16, 2021

External Closing Date: Sep 10, 2021

Job Type: Contracted

Job Level: Professional

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)

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