Forensic Archaeologist, Western Balkans Program, L5

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th November, 2019

Job Description

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Western Balkans Program

In the Western Balkans ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil society organizations with one another and with governments and local authorities in the region. It has pioneered the application of state-of-the-art DNA and advanced database informatics to locate and identify large numbers of missing persons. To date, more than 70 percent of the estimated 40,000 persons reported missing at the end of the fighting in the Western Balkans have been accounted for. ICMP’s Western Balkans Program continues to provide assistance to countries in the region to account for approximately 12,000 persons that are still missing from the conflict in the 1990s.

Position Background

Reporting to the Forensic Coordinator, the Forensic Archaeologist’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Develops archaeological best practice;
  • Undertakes desktop assessment and analysis and assist in the provision of ICMP archaeological field support;
  • Coordinates with ICMP support staff and national authorities and agencies regarding desktop analysis, site assessment, and excavations;
  • Provides ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at excavations through implementation of standards for archaeological assessment and excavation;
  • Provides ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at examinations through implementation of standards for anthropological assessment, when requested;
  • Other related duties as required.


  • Education in Forensic Archaeology, Anthropology or related forensic discipline
  • Five years of relevant professional experience
  • Hands on experience in employing forensic archeological skills at excavations of human remains;
  • Experience in use of Total Station or similar survey equipment is an advantage.
  • Demonstrable ability to analyze artefacts and information, and experience in drafting excavation reports.
  • Proven photography and draughtsman skills.
  • Experience in forensic examination of human remains or proven high capability in identification of human remains.
  • Basic knowledge and some experience in human anthropology and human osteology; solid experience will be considered as an advantage.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of specialist software such as Adobe Illustrator, CAD and GIS is an advantage;
  • Additional requirements
  • Legally entitled to work in BiH;
  • Professional fluency in English and BCS; knowledge of Albanian is an asset;
  • Full driving license for manual transmission vehicles is essential;
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality, religion or gender;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, and Power Point;
  • Capacity and willingness to work in sometimes challenging circumstances;
  • Willingness to travel and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, when necessary.


  • This is a full time position with a competitive base salary at the L5 level on the ICMP WB salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent.
  • This is a locally engaged position and is not entitled to the expatriate allowances.
  • Review of applications will start the week of 21 October 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.
  • ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

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