International Consultant - Legal Expert - Criminal Justice Statistics, Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Thursday, 2 March 2023


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.

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The Policy Support Service (PSS) serves as the Organization’s primary point of contact on all matters concerning field operations; it monitors the implementation of the mandates of the individual field operations and advises the SG and the Chairmanship on related policy and operational issues. It also analyses early-warning signals regarding the situation in the field and recommends the implementation of relevant preventive or reactive action. Support provided to the SG and the Chairmanship includes background information, policy support and advice, input to speeches and travel files as well Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe as drafting summary records. PSS facilitates the co-ordination of programmes and activities among field operations and with those of OSCE specialized units within the Secretariat and institutions and assists field operations with their input to the budget cycle process. PSS also provides support for the Chairman-in-Office’s representatives dealing with protracted conflicts and related formats. The PSS is composed of four regional desks covering Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

The Regional Trial Monitoring Project, embedded in PSS, South Eastern Europe Desk, focuses on supporting a more effective administration of justice with regard to serious corruption and organized crime cases in the Western Balkans through trial monitoring. For more information on the project and its deliverables, please see: Western Balkans Trial Monitoring Project | OSCE

Objective of Assignment:

The international consultant will advise on issues pertaining to good data governance in the criminal justice sector and how they can be linked to evidence-based policy making.

Duration of Assignment:

Duration of the assignment is up to 15 days within four months.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

As part of the OSCE’s Regional Trial Monitoring Project on Combatting Organised Crime and Corruption in the Western Balkans, the consultant, in close collaboration with the five field teams and the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator, will:

Develop tools (questionnaires, interview questions etc.) and guidelines for data collection

Collect and critically review criminal justice data practices in the five relevant jurisdictions; liaise and engage with necessary national institutions to gather data and information.

Analyse collected data and provide a report with findings, including recommendations that provide a path forward in the development of a system for criminal justice statistics that feed into relevant policy making processes The OSCE is looking for a professional with demonstrated and in-depth expertise in financial investigations and asset forfeiture, especially in the field of justice sector public institutions. Candidates are requested to indicate their area of expertise in their application (cover letter) by referring to the above-mentioned thematic portfolios.

Necessary Qualifications:

Advanced university degree in applied data governance, statistics, computer science, criminology, social sciences or related fields is required. A first level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in management of inter-agency data collection systems at the national or international level is required.

Prior experience in development of data governance principles at the national or international level is required.

Experience in data exchange and system interoperability is desirable.

Experience in handling diverse criminal justice statistics is desirable.

Excellent knowledge of international standards and OSCE commitments in the field of rule of law reform processes.

Knowledge of the political situation and judicial structure in the Western Balkans, including the framework pertaining to the processing of organized crime and corruption.

Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.

Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills;
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;
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

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Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

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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: SEC000147

Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant

Grade: No grade

Job Type: Consultant

Number of posts: 1

Location: SEC - OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Issue Date: Feb 16, 2023

Closing Date: Mar 2, 2023

Job Field: Legal Affairs

Target Start Date: As soon as possible

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