Chief Political, Public Affairs and Reporting Officer (S3)

Political Affairs
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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 willing to work extra hours 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 international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree

  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments

  • Experience in preparing analytical reports

  • Excellent communication and drafting skills

  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments

  • Demonstrated diplomatic and negotiating skills

  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



Second-level university degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree



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:


  • Excellent spoken and written English,

    - Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely

    - Strong, proven analytical and reporting skills

    - Ability to work with all Microsoft programmes

    - Several years of progressively responsible management experience;

    - 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.



  • Experience in a public affairs function

  • Familiarity with the OSCE organizational and diplomatic context

  • Familiarity with the regional/national context


Tasks and Responsibilities


Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Presence, and working directly with the Head of Presence, the incumbent serves as the Head of Presence’s senior political advisor, briefer, scout, and staffer, also overseeing all political liaison work and responsible for the quality of all communication and public relation by the Presence The job holder forms part of the Head of Presence's ‘core’ team


In particular, the selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties;


1. Managing the Political and Public Affairs Unit, responsible for political liaison, reporting, public relations, and media monitoring;

2. Proactively monitoring political developments in Albania as well as in the region and timely appraising the Presence of relevant developments;

3. Assisting the Head of Presence/Deputy Head of Presence in defining Presence political approaches toward the mandated policy areas

4. Writing or finalizing speeches for the Head and Deputy Head of Presence. Ensuring that the Head of Presence has all necessary political context and briefing material for meetings

5. Advising and assisting in developing and disseminating public stances on issues of political importance for the Presence and for the OSCE at large

6. Preparing and editing reports on Presence activities and other political and related issues to inform OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Participating States, Institutions, and the Secretariat, with a major drafting/quality-control role in all strategic documents;

7. Maintaining regular contact with Albanian political actors

8. Liaising with Embassies and international organizations at the appropriate level;

9. Providing assistance to other members of the Presence, other OSCE missions in the region and the Secretariat on political and other related matters

10. Planning and organizing high-level visits

11. Performing any other duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Presence in Albania, please see:


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
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:

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