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Serbia: Senior Programme Officer, Media

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Country: Serbia
Closing date: 02 Aug 2017

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:

  • University education in journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology
  • Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
  • Good analytical and interpersonal skills Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Advanced university degree in political science, international affairs, media affairs or related field; alternatively extensive experience in media affairs or experience in development work, including with media, in transition countries;
  • Proven track record in development in transitional countries, preferably on freedom of media issues;
  • Proven ability to work with a wide variety of actors, including media outlets, civil society groups, relevant governmental and independent media institutions, and professional associations;
  • Knowledge of the political environment relevant to the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, mandate and structure of the international community present in Kosovo; knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments would be an asset;
  • Experience in drafting and managing projects in a development context;
  • Demonstrated ability to design initiatives that creatively and effectively solve challenges in the mission area;
  • Ability to conduct research and presenting findings in an intuitive and coherent manner to a diverse audience;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in the English language;
  • Advanced skills in operating windows applications, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook for e-mail;
  • Holds a valid driving license.


  • Knowledge of the local languages or most common lingua franca in the mission area;
  • Previous experience in OSCE field missions, preferably in South Eastern Europe;
  • Negotiation and/or mediation experience. Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Media Section, the incumbent:

  1. Develops, drafts and implements projects, taking overall responsibility for those projects assigned to him/her; ensures that the projects are successfully implemented in accordance with its objectives throughout the project cycle, including designing action plans, budgets, implementation plans, final reports and evaluation;
  2. Assesses capacity-building needs of media outlets and relevant media institutions, developing and implementing targeted capacity-building initiatives;
  3. Conducts research on the role of media and status of media pluralism and freedom of media in the mission area;
  4. Drafts policy papers, summaries, and recommendations or conclusions derived from research on media pluralism and freedom of media;
  5. Provides programmatic advice to the Chief of the Media Section on further development of media, including non-Albanian media and media in northern Kosovo;
  6. Provides advice to professional associations of journalists, media outlets, and relevant media institutions;
  7. Provides capacity building in support of key institutions and media outlets in the form of training, coaching and mentoring;
  8. Provides advice on best international and European practices regarding media legislation and development
  9. Provides relevant written and verbal communication, such as: quarterly analytical reports, presentations, briefing notes, inputs to various mission tasks etc;
  10. Liaises with international stakeholders as well as regional media institutions;
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

How to apply:

To apply for a seconded position, click on the Apply Online link, select your respective participating State and follow the application method shown. If your participating State is using the online application form, this form will be directed electronically to your respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or OSCE Delegation. If your participating State is not using the online method, you will be requested to contact your OSCE Delegation.

The screening and nomination process takes place in the respective countries. OSCE participating States are responsible for the compensation/benefit packages of seconded staff, therefore please direct all related enquiries to the designated contact point. The OSCE pays living expenses in the form of a board and lodging allowance for positions located in field duty stations. However, for secondments to the Secretariat and the Institutions, all costs are borne by the nominating authority.