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

International Trainer (Prepare and Conduct Sessions on Economic and Environmental Factors of Border Security and Management)

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

Job Description

The OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC) was launched in May 2009 and is embedded in the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept, which was adopted in 2005 by all OSCE Participating States as a tool with which the OSCE might assist the Participating States and Partners for Cooperation in strengthening cooperation and capacities in the field of border security and management by ensuring and promoting open and secure borders with the Border Security and Management concepts of the OSCE Participating States and Partners for Cooperation being taken into consideration.

The purpose of the OSCE Border Management Staff College, hereinafter referred to as the OSCE BMSC, is to enhance the knowledge of present and prospective senior managers of the border security and management agencies of the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation and to promote greater cooperation and exchange of information among them. It is designed to provide a single point of knowledge delivery, a research and development capacity, outreach activities as well as access to the latest thinking, methodologies, techniques and technology regarding border security and management, within the framework of the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept.


The OSCE BMSC, therefore, requires for delivery of one of its modules, the services of an international expert to prepare and conduct sessions on Economic and Environmental Factors of Border Security and Management to the mid to senior level officers.

Tasks and Responsibilities      

According to the requirements of the wide range and speciality of the modules/topics of the BMSC Staff Courses, the international expert on Economic and Environmental Factors of Border Security and Management needs to have extensive international experience on the relevant issues to be delivered.

More specifically, the international expert will be expected to:

  • To introduce the participants to how economic and environmental health and safety factors impact national approaches to border security and management;

  • To explain the impacts that various border security and management models have on the economy and environment;

  • To explain how conduct early risk analysis, identify priority movements, harmonize documents, and standardize information on cross-border trade as essential factor to a country’s economy;

  • To explain the tools to facilitate trade such as the single window concept of processing the movement of persons, goods, services and investments into and across the country and other programs such as trusted travellers/importers;

  • To introduce special considerations, international commitments, and practices put in place to address the hazardous nature of many commodities that are moving across the globe;

  • To conduct detailed review of anti-corruption practices introduced to provide for good governance at the border and counteracting corruption in border security and management services;

  • To explain the roles of the various government structures addressing economic and environmental security (customs, phyto-sanitary, veterinary, etc.) within a country’s border security and management system;

  • To provide insight on critical intersection of border security and management and a country’s economic stability/development, taking into consideration the country’s economic model and interdependencies with neighbouring countries (i.e. preferential trading areas, free trade zones, customs unions, common markets/single economic space, monetary union);

  • To define and explain how border security and management solutions are chosen depending on the co-operative arrangements the country has adopted;

  • To elaborate the role played by international organizations, such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in finding balance between efficient border security and economic and environmental concerns.


  • Lectures;

  • Case-studies;

  • Seminars;

  • Discussions;

  • Group exercises and activities supported by expert;

  • Expert’s feedback;

  • Pre-course, post-course questionnaires;

  • Results of group research work.

Organizational Setting:

The international expert will work under direct supervision of the OSCE BMSC National Training Officer


The OSCE BMSC team will provide the international expert with the necessary information and materials for the fulfilment of the task.

Necessary Qualifications      

  • Higher education, qualification from a university, e.g. MA degree or equivalent qualification in environmental studies or economy, border security and management, law enforcement, military, political science, international relations or related field, customs control or similar academic degree;

  • Minimum of 10 (ten) years of relevant professional experience in border security and management;

  • Minimum of 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience in national and international organizations in the field of economic and environmental factors in Border Security and Management, international relations or related field, in development and delivery the training on border management and other security sector actors or related field;

  • Minimum of 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience in delivering training on issues related to environmental and economic factors in Border Security Management, preferably on international level;

  • Relevant work experience and sound knowledge in the field of issues related to environmental and economic factors in Border Security and Management;

  • Experience in elaboration of lesson plans, terms of references, needs assessments, planning and delivering training courses, etc.;

  • Ability to moderate seminars, workshops, training sessions and roundtables;

  • Excellent teaching skills, advanced trainer’s and lecturer’s skills and solid experience on adult education;

  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated analytical skills as well as maturity of judgment;

  • Excellent oral expressions in English or Russian;

  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and with colleagues throughout the OSCE with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural and professional backgrounds as well as different gender, diverse political views and approaches to problems, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;

  • Good knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation. Previous work-experience within OSCE, UN or EU would be an asset;

  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to cooperate with the BMSC Management in terms of consideration and accepting of their opinions and comments and adjusting the elaborated sessions/modules for the BMSC Staff Course to their needs and requirements;

  • Potential to contribute to the academic field;

  • Resourcefulness and initiative;

  • Good understanding of the challenges faced by Central Asian pS and OSCE Partners for Cooperation (namely Afghanistan) in border security and management.

Required competencies      

Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles

  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization

  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment

  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner

  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions

  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects

  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment

  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them

  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package      

The consultant will be remunerated commensurate with consultant’s experience and qualifications in accordance with OSCE established rates. Applicants should indicate whether they wish to be included in the OSCE Roster of Consultants for similar assignments.      How To Apply      

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under In case of technical difficulties with online application, please use the OSCE offline application form that can be downloaded at

The completed application form along cover letter and recommendation letters should be submitted by e-mail to quoting the job title in the subject line. Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language will not be considered.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

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