Adviser on Gender Equality (P3)

Human Rights
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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 OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairpersonship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

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. This includes primarily assisting the Secretary General in his/her activities, serving as a focal point for liaison and support to the Chairperson-in-Office, and co-ordinating tasks across the Secretariat. It groups horizontal services such as Executive Management, Communications and Media Relations, Legal Services, External Co-operation, Security Management, Gender Issues, Conference and Language Services, Central Records Management, and oversees the OSCE Document Centre in Prague (DCiP). The OSG ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairpersonship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also functions as the Head of Executive Management.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Adviser on Gender Issues and the direct supervision of the Senior Co-ordination Adviser and in compliance with the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality (MC.DEC/14/04), MC.DEC/14/05 on Women in Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation, MC.DEC/15/05, 7/14 and 4/18 on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and MC.DEC/07/09 on Women’s Participation in Political and Public Life, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  1. Providing knowledge and expertise to field operations, institutions and Secretariat departments on the development of a consistent and systematic approach to integrating a gender perspective in their programmes and projects especially in the area of OSCE human dimension of security and cross-dimensional issues; raising awareness for gender mainstreaming and promoting the utilization of available instruments and tools for gender mainstreaming;
  2. Providing technical expertise and inputs on priority issues of gender mainstreaming to OSCE executive structures, including to senior management; 
  3. Assisting field operations, institutions and Secretariat departments in designing projects and implementing gender equality projects; supporting their activities in the framework of OSCE commitments in the area of gender equality and the priority areas of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality; designing and implementing  projects and initiatives for the Gender Issues Programme;
  4. Contributing to the development of training material for staff members and stakeholders in participating States and contributing to capacity development in OSCE on mainstreaming gender in cross-dimensional issues and in the human dimension;
  5. Performing other relevant duty assignments as requested.

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

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in gender studies, women’s studies, social sciences, political sciences, law studies, human rights, international relations or relevant related field;
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in gender issues, human rights in relation to gender equality, combating violence against women and women’s empowerment;
  • Solid experience in programme management in bi- or multilateral development or other organizations, including field operations;
  • Experience applying international texts and conventions related to gender equality and concepts of technical co-operation;
  • Experience supporting human rights commitments and international practice on women’s empowerment, required;
  • Experience applying knowledge of methodology of gender analysis, gender audits and gender mainstreaming;
  • Experience applying conceptual and strategic skills to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender related issues;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; professional fluency in Russian would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,490, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

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


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade 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.


Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see


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


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is XXX years.


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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