Job Description


General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure 


Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are: 

  • Experience in preparing analytical reports
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments


Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



First-level university degree in International Relations, political science, social sciences, Journalism, development studies or related fields



Minimum two years of relevant professional experience in an international organization, government or non-government sectors, political parties, legislatures or academia/think-tanks;


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university degree in international relations, political science, social sciences, journalism, development studies or related fields; 
  • Minimum two years of relevant professional experience in an international organization, government or non-government sectors, political parties, legislatures or academia/think-tanks;
  • Knowledge of the political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International agencies in BiH; and their activities and mandates;
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports, research, writing and editing;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills.



  • Knowledge of local languages would be an asset.


Tasks and Responsibilities


The Political and Reporting Unit is located within the Office of the Head of Mission’s Policy and Planning Section and is led by the Senior Political Adviser. The Unit provides Analysis and reporting on political developments in BiH, assesses trends affecting the political and Security situation, provides early warning and political advice to the Chief of Policy and Planning and Head of Mission, and recommends action to senior management on political and programmatic synergies.


The main purpose of the role is to analyse socio-political trends in the Mission’s operating environment, with a particular focus on issues affecting Mission activities and BiH’s ability to meet OSCE commitments, including through consultation and Coordination with other Mission staff as needed. Furthermore, the purpose of the job is to alert and advise the Senior Political Advisor on any issues that could require a response or action by the Mission and prepares regular and ad-hoc reports on socio-political trends.


The successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:


1.    Producing and presenting background material for internal and external meetings of Mission Senior Staff, including, talking points, speeches, briefing packages, policy messages and attends and reports on these meetings as requested;
2.    Drafting and reviewing policy documents and project proposals and reports for external distribution, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the Mission’s mandate, OSCE commitments and political objectives;
3.    Contributing to the development of Mission strategy by following decisions of the OSCE Permanent and Ministerial Councils and taking part in internal working groups, with the aim of establishing coherent Mission policy in those areas;
4.    Reporting on and monitoring regional developments as well as the activities of international organizations relevant to the work of the Mission;
5.    Maintaining contacts with key partners and in delivering presentations to external audiences on the country’s political environment.   



For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see:



The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


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

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. 

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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