Communications Expert

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe , Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st May, 2021

Job Description

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 OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) plays a key role in supporting and coordinating the OSCE's activities in the field, in providing analysis and policy advice to the SG and the Chairmanship, in leading work on all aspects of the conflict cycle, and in supporting various formats dealing with protracted conflicts. The CPC also serves as focal point in the Secretariat for coordinating and developing the OSCE's role in politico-military dimension.

The services of a consultant are required to provide programmatic assistance to the FSC Support Unit, project no. 1101994 "Strengthening OSCE action against the illicit proliferation of SALW and SCA". The assignment is aimed at improving the means of communicating, promotion and raising awareness about the project's results, products and progress to internal (OSCE Executive structure) and external target audiences (participating States, donors and other international organizations) operating in the field of Small Arms and Light Weapons/ Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SALW/SCA).

The project objective is to assist the OSCE participating States (pS) to be able to better plan, implement and if necessary strengthen their commitments against the illicit proliferation of SALW/SCA. The project objective will be achieved by the establishment of a baseline for providing technical advice and institutional support for the OSCE pS to supplement the OSCE's SALW/SCA normative base and improve the implementation of its practical assistance projects. This means that needs and requirements for assistance of requesting States will not only be better justified - taking into consideration the long-term outlook of OSCE engagement, but also can be better planned and coordinated with the requesting State, international community and donors. Additionally, it implies that donor States providing resources will allocate their financial and other resources more efficiently, effectively and with more impact. Moreover, proposals for supplementing the OSCE SALW/SCA normative base will be used for stimulation of dialogue among the community of subject matter experts and OSCE pS on updating OSCE documents, the plan of action and best practices guidelines in relation to SALW/SCA to include considerations for the establishment of a mechanism for the regular update of these documents.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The OSCE is looking for qualified candidates for a consultancy position of Communications Expert. The consultant will support the FSC Support Unit in formulating and facilitating communications and visibility approaches for the organization-wide SALW/SCA portfolio. More specifically, the Expert/Consultant will be tasked with:

  • Analysing the existing communications and visibility approaches and tools, identify gaps and advise on the effective use of tools of communication;
  • Providing advice to SALW/SCA team/s on effective use of tools of communication and ways to communicate project activities and results, and follow on planning implementation and monitoring of such activities/results;
  • Developing a Guidance Note on Communications and Visibility for SALW/SCA projects, assisting them in communicating effectively with regards to SALW/SCA projects, their results and implementation progress to internal and external audiences, covering such elements as: a) formulation of communications objectives; b) analysis of stakeholders and target audiences; c) formulation of messages; d) analysis of best practices in the OSCE Field Operations; e) facilitation of knowledge building and sharing and identification of relevant information on SALW/SCA theme.

Necessary Qualifications

  • First-level university degree in communications, public relations and/or social sciences;
  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in communications;
  • Proven expertise in developing and implementing communication strategies, preferably for international organizations;
  • Previous experience working on communications and outreach that relate to the OSCE political-military dimension;
  • Previous work experience or familiarity with the OSCE brand identity requirements;
  • Excellent analytical, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written. and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a challenging environment and within limited time frames;
  • Professional competence with MS Office and Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity as well as ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.


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