International Consultant - Gender Equality, OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Thursday, 9 September 2021


Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 30 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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) plays a key role in supporting the Secretary General in the effective implementation of his/her mandate and specific tasks given to him/her by the OSCE participating States. The Gender Issues Programme of the OSG supports the efforts of the OSCE Secretary General to promote a continuous and sustainable gender mainstreaming process across the Organization and the full implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, as well as other gender-related commitments undertaken by the OSCE participating States. It assists and advises the OSCE structures in the implementation of the Action Plan by providing technical assistance for the mainstreaming of gender in all activities, policies, programmes and projects.

As the largest regional security organization in the world, the OSCE has an important role to play in addressing the comprehensive aspects of women’s and men’s, girls‘ and boys‘ human rights and security. The Gender Issues Programme of the Office of OSCE Secretary General (hereinafter "Gender Section") works towards the implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan and relevant MC decisions and supports systematic efforts to mainstream gender equality across the Organization in all its policies, programmes, projects and activities in three dimensions of comprehensive security.

The OSCE extra-budgetary project "WIN - Women and Men Innovating and Networking for Gender Equality" will advance gender equality as a necessary prerequisite for achieving and maintaining stable, prosperous and peaceful societies in the OSCE area. The project aims to accelerate the implementation of the OSCE 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. It will do this by developing sustainable capacity in the area of gender equality and comprehensive security in selected participating States in close coordination and co-operation with ODIHR and other Executive Structures. Moreover, it will contribute to transforming harmful social norms, unequal power relations, traditional attitudes and behaviours of decision makers in favour of gender equality; strengthening women’s networks and networks of male advocates; and empowering women to participate in conflict prevention.

Men have an important role to play in the promotion of gender equality, both as change-makers and ultimate beneficiaries. OSCE executive structures implement a wide range of activities, projects and programmes to implement the Organization’s gender equality commitments in line with the relevant Ministerial Council Decisions.

For example, the OSCE Ministerial Council in 2018 recognised "the importance of actively engaging men and boys in efforts towards elimination of discrimination and all forms of violence against women and girls, including by addressing the root causes of gender inequality and violence and by raising awareness about the impact of negative attitudes, behaviours, and gender stereotypes that can underlie and perpetuate discrimination and violence"

In light of this, the OSCE Gender Issues Programme is conducting a mapping and needs assessment of existing OSCE activities, as well as a mapping of networks of men that aim to promote gender equality in the OSCE region.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see:

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Consultant will be tasked with the following:

Conduct a mapping of completed, on-going and planned OSCE projects (between 2017 and August 2021), through document review and key informants interviews;
Prepare a report (10-15 pages) highlighting good practices, gaps and opportunities for designing projects for men’s engagement in gender equality;
Develop a mapping of existing and emerging men’s networks for gender equality in the OSCE region;
Conduct a desk review, as well as collect data through surveys, semi-structured interviews with selected networks in order to identify opportunities and good practices, as well as gaps and obstacles, for networks of men to support/strengthen gender equality in the OSCE region;
Prepare a tool/checklist for OSCE developing project on promoting gender equality by engaging men. The tool will be based on the outcomes of the assessment and mapping, and provide a practical guidance for OSCE staff that plan to develop and implement projects on promoting gender equality by engaging men and boys.


Conduct an assessment of OSCE projects and activities for men focused on gender equality

Conduct a mapping of men’s networks for gender equality in the OSCE region

Prepare a tool/checklist for OSCE developing project on promoting gender equality by engaging men

Necessary Qualifications:

Second-level university degree in gender studies, social or political sciences or related field;
At least six years of professional experience in the area of gender equality with a focus on male engagement for gender equality;
Proven experience in conducting assessments (i.e. desk reviews, questionnaires, interviews) and drafting reports on gender related issues, ideally focused on men’s engagement in gender equality;
Proven good knowledge of and familiarity with existing strategies and practices in the field of gender equality and engaging with men for gender equality;
Experience working with international or regional organizations would be an asset;
Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting and editing skills;
Good communication skills, initiative and problem solving skills;
Computer literacy with knowledge of the Microsoft Office package;
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 depend tasks and deliverables, the selected consultants/experts qualifications and experience and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

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

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under

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 candidates 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.

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

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

Additional Information

Requisition ID: GEN00000A

Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant

Grade: No grade

Location: OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Posting Date: Aug 26, 2021

External Closing Date: Sep 9, 2021

Job Type: Consultant

Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

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