International Consultant - Humanitarian Mine Action Expert (SSA), Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 August 2022


Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of up to maximum 144 working days per calendar year. Work location: home-based and field work. Travel within the OSCE region.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental as well as 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, 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 OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the OSCE decision-making bodies in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is an autonomous OSCE decision-making body that deals with military aspects of security. The FSC Support Unit (FSC SU) co-ordinates and facilitates the OSCE’s role in the politico-military dimension. The primary task of the Unit is to provide expertise and support to the FSC. The Unit initiates, develops, implements technical assistance projects in the field of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA), including preventing and combating illicit trafficking in all aspects, as well as performs quality assurance and quality control of the implementing agencies (OSCE Field Operations, UN agencies, and commercial contractors). The amount of workload, as well as the need for technical expertise under specific assistance projects, including those delegated for implementation to the Field Operations require relying on additional technical capacity hired through consultancy.

Objective of Assignment:

To further support these processes, the FSC SU is seeking to hire the consultant who will be entrusted with substantive responsibilities in providing necessary expertise and advisory in the field of Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA). Ideally, the consultant should also have an experience in advocacy, policy drafting and analysis in the security field.

The consultant would be working under the guidance and supervision of the FSC SU Project Officer, and with the support of the project teams from the respective FOs in ensuring effective co-ordination of action, strategic and forward planning and consistency of wide mine-action activities. She/he will be tasked with providing advisory and support to national programmes to effectively address the host-country HMA capacity building efforts in different humanitarian, reconstruction and development contexts.

Duration of Assignment: 144 working days

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The OSCE is looking for qualified candidates for a consultancy position of an international consultant on HMA. The consultant’s/expert’s services will be engaged by the relevant Project Manager of the FSC Support Unit within the following clusters of tasks that will be further specified in the additional Terms of Reference, including maximum number of days per task.

Design and monitoring the HMA related project activities;
Provide support in analysing and reviewing the existing legal framework on HMA and related data collection methodologies, identify gaps and provide advisory support and recommendations for their improvement including the advisory on responsibilities and co-ordination mechanisms, in line with OSCE best practices and other applicable international Mine Action standards and guidelines, systems and bodies;
Provide HMA related operational support and/or technical advisory in the following thematic areas: i.) Governance and management of Mine Action programmes, including strategic management, quality management and results-based management systems, information management, gender and diversity, and environmental impact; ii.) Land release, including risk management, land release process and reporting, non-technical and technical survey, clearance and legal aspects of land release; iii.) Stockpile destruction and ammunition safety management, including planning of stockpile destruction, environmental considerations, methodologies and technologies for stockpiles destruction, stockpile destruction of landmines and cluster munitions; iv.) Awareness raising and explosive ordnance risk education, including needs assessments, developing and communicating safety messages, information management, community liaison, monitoring and evaluation; v.) Victim assistance, including needs assessments, emergency and continuing medical care, rehabilitation, psychological and psycho-social support, socio-economic inclusion, and laws and policies.

Identify gaps and potential priority needs, finalizing findings and recommendations in line with the guidance and feedback received from OSCE executive structures and representatives of relevant national authorities;

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Necessary Qualifications:

Second-level university degree in business management, political sciences/ peace & conflict studies, disaster or/and emergency management, law, police, security and/or military/defence studies;
Minimum eight years of professional experience at national and/or international level in the field of HMA, including progressively responsible experience in technical assistance activities ranging from managerial, legal, operational management to technical advisory support;
Knowledge of and/or experience in landmine/explosive remnants of war-related arms control and humanitarian disarmament conventions as well as in International Mine Action Standards and other technical guidelines;
Knowledge and skills of the project management frameworks in international organizations, including results-based management within the project cycle; knowledge of OSCE project management requirements and procedures is an advantage;
Knowledge and understanding of standard policies and practices in politico-military dimension as well as transnational aspects of security in international organizations, as well as practical experience in their implementation; varied experience with government, civil society and intergovernmental agencies in OSCE geographical area would be an asset;
Knowledge and skills in the domain of evaluation (ex-ante, mid-term, final and ex-post) applicable to international technical assistance projects in HMA;
Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Demonstrated ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Strong ability to carry out work independently;
Excellent analytical, diplomatic and negotiation skills;
Professional fluency in English with excellent written/spoken communication skills; knowledge of local languages in the geographical area of OSCE practical assistance projects in South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia would be of distinct advantage;
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a challenging environment and within limited time frames;
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;
Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.

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.

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 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

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Requisition ID: FSC000011

Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant

Grade: No grade

Job Level: Senior Professional

Job Type: Consultant

Number of posts: Roster Call

Location: OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Issue Date: Jul 12, 2022

Closing Date: Aug 9, 2022

Employee Status: Short-Term

Job Field: Military Affairs

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