Head of Democratization Department, Tirana At Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Closing date: Sunday, 4 June 2023

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:

  •  Second-level university degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  •  Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  •  Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following: Education: Second-level university degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience

Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements: Mandatory:

  •  Substantial professional experience in democratization, specifically one or more of the fields of elections and electoral reform, civil society, parliamentary support and reform, media reform, participation and empowerment of youth and marginalized communities, gender equality
  •  Experience developing and implementing capacity-building/reform programmes, and in project management
  •  Proven ability to lead a team, preferably in a multi-cultural environment
  •  Working fluency in the English language and excellent communication skills; operational competence with relevant usual office IT applications


  •  Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments
  •  Familiarity and experience with South-Eastern Europe, especially Albania
  •  International field mission experience
  •  Familiarity with the international organizational contexts around democratization and around Albania
  •  Experience in programme budgeting and evaluation

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Head of Presence and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Presence, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  •  Managing the performance and development of the Department, based on the national context, international standards and best practice, OSCE values and goals, and senior management guidance;
  •  Leading the annual development, implementation and evaluation of a package of projects to advance the democratization programme;
  •  Overseeing the development and management of extra-budgetary projects to supplement annual project work, and assists in attracting the necessary funding from OSCE participating States and other donors;
  •  Managing the department’s human resources with direct supervisory responsibilities for currently four staff and overall management responsibility for the performance and development all the departmental staff;
  •  Advising senior management on thematic issues and the work of the department;
  •  Developing and maintaining a close relations with key national and international partners on the ground partners as well as with relevant OSCE colleagues in Vienna and the region;
  •  Representing the department and the Presence as appropriate and/or delegated in national and/or international meetings and fora;
  •  Overseeing the quality of all briefing and reports produced by the department;
  •  Supporting senior management and other colleagues in maintaining institutional health, an instinct for continuous learning, and an environment of professionalism, respect and equality;
  •  Performing any other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Presence in Albania, please see: https://www.osce.org/presence-in-albania

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 https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

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: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.

Additional Information

  •  Issued by: OSCE Presence in Albania
  •  Requisition ID: ALB000037
  •  Contract Type: International Secondment
  •  Grade: S3
  •  Job Level: Senior Management
  •  Job Type: Seconded
  •  Number of posts: 1
  •  Location: ALB – OSCE Presence in Albania, Tirana
  •  Issue Date: May 10, 2023
  •  Closing Date: Jun 5, 2023
  •  Employee Status: Fixed Term
  •  Schedule: Full-time
  •  Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)
  •  Job Field: Democratization
  •  Target Start Date: 10 October 2023


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