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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media seeks Adviser

OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 11 Mai 2018

Job Description

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She/he provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Principal Adviser and in close co-operation with the Director of Office, the incumbent


will perform the following duties:

  1. Monitoring media freedom issues and advising the Representative on FoM on policy matters regarding freedom of the media in the designated geographical area, maintaining country files, analysing national and transnational issues and developments, and developing proposals for action;
  2. Recommending the need and level for intervention directly to the Representative on FOM and to the Director, if needed;
  3. As focal point for the Office, monitoring, reporting and advising on a specialist topic on freedom of the media which will be assigned;
  4. Supervising the preparation and accompanying the Representative on visits to the countries in the region and to conferences elsewhere dealing with the designated region;
  5. Maintaining contacts with other relevant international organizations and NGOs with focus on above mentioned topics and regions;
  6. Closely co-operating with diplomatic representations of above regions to the OSCE;
  7. Preparing information materials and coordinating the publication of information resources;
  8. Performing related duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, please see

Necessary Qualifications

  • First-level university degree in political science, history, law, journalism or another related field;
  • At least six years of relevant professional experience including practical experience in the media freedom advocacy field or related experience within the OSCE or another international organization;
  • Professional fluency in the English language; knowledge of other language(s) spoken in the OSCE region is desirable;
  • Computer literacy including experience in handling modern information technologies such as internet, etc.;
  • Competency in using the internet and social networks is essential;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

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

Further information and application:

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