Vacancy for International Consultant at OSCE Secretariat, Vienna



Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 65 working days.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

The Office of the Secretary General (OSG) plays a key role in supporting the Secretary General in the effective implementation of his/her mandate and specific tasks given to him/her by the OSCE participating States. The Gender Issues Programme of the OSG supports the efforts of the OSCE Secretary General to promote a continuous and sustainable gender mainstreaming process across the Organization and the full implementation of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, as well as other gender-related commitments undertaken by the OSCE participating States. It assists and advises the OSCE structures in the implementation of the Action Plan by providing technical assistance for the mainstreaming of gender in all activities, policies, programmes and projects.

The OSCE Gender Issues Programme (Gender Section), through the WIN-project (WIN for women and men – strengthening comprehensive security through innovating and networking for gender equality), is implementing activities to identify good practices, develop training materials and share knowledge on preventing and combating violence against women. Under the EVAW pillar of this project, the Gender Section will conduct a mapping of women resource centers and other service providers in Central Asia, South Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Mongolia. 

The proposed activity is the first step of a broader set of initiatives aimed to increase networking and knowledge sharing between women resource centers in the OSCE region. 

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see: 


Tasks and Responsibilities:

The consultant or team of consultants will work closely with the Gender Adviser in the Gender Section, for co-ordinating and receiving information from OSCE experts working in field operations included in the mapping exercises. 

The main objective is to get insight in the availability and quality of specialized services for survivors of GBV, gaps and challenges in the service provision, as well as good practices. Specific attention will be placed to the availability and accessibility of services to women from disadvantaged groups, including rural women and women with disabilities. 

The following key tasks are foreseen:

1)    Mapping and needs assessment criteria (i.e. kinds of services provided, accessibility of services for different disadvantaged groups, existence and implementation of SOPs and referral mechanisms, adherence to standards like the Essential Service Package for women and Girls or other standards, membership of relevant networks, etc.) 
2)    Conducting a desk review of international standards and good practices (including from UN agencies, civil society organizations, and with examples from different OSCE participating States) that are applicable to women resource centers;
3)    Preparing an online survey/questionnaire
4)    Conduct qualitative interviews with key stakeholders (approximately 3 per country, as well as regional and head offices) with main focus on representatives of women resource centers, as well as OSCE staff, international organizations and others as needed;
5)    Identifying and assessing main gaps and needs, as well as good practices and promising approaches that could be replicated.
6)    Preparing and facilitating one online workshop for women resource centers to share good practices and identify recommendations for the OSCE WIN project (including preparing the concept note, agenda, presentation of the good practices, proposed list of participants and speakers, pre- and post- workshop survey questionnaire), in close collaboration with the WIN project team.


1)    Detailed research plan including table of contents and outline for the mapping exercise and work plan)
2)    Comprehensive mapping exercise of women resource centers in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Mongolia through:
3)    One summary report containing the key conclusions from desk review, qualitative interviews and assessment (approximately 5 pages)
4)    One comprehensive table listing women resource centers, as well as basic information on types of services provided, location, beneficiaries, and contact information


Necessary Qualifications:

  • Second-level university degree in gender studies, social or political sciences or related field;
  • Solid knowledge of and familiarity with existing policies and practices in the field of combating gender-based violence, including the international human rights framework;
  • At least six years of professional experience in the area of gender, with demonstrated experience in the area of combating gender-based violence (GBV);
  • Proven experience in assessing, developing and implementing standards and tools on provision of services to survivors of GBV;
  • Experience working with relevant international or regional organizations would be an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting and editing skills;
  • Working knowledge of Russian is a strong asset;
  • Good communication skills, initiative and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity. 
  • Computer literacy with knowledge of the Microsoft Office package, online meeting tools.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the applicable fee scale that applies to the delivery of consultancy services by individual contractors, and shall depend on the complexity of the tasks and deliverables.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under

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

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

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

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


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