International Consultant – Policy guidance and legal analysis, joint module development for national table-top exercises, Countering the Use of Internet for Terrorist Purposes (CUITP) in South Eastern Europe

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Background:
 

Please note that this is a consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 35 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 Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) is the focal point for co-ordinating and facilitating OSCE anti-terrorism activities. TNTD/ATU contributes to the implementation of the OSCE's counter-terrorism commitments by providing support to the Chairperson-in-Office, the Secretary General and the participating States on anti-terrorism matters and by enhancing co-ordination within the OSCE on related issues.
OSCE participating States (pS) identified CUITP as one of the strategic focus areas of OSCE counter-terrorism efforts. Specifically, participating States committed to intensify efforts in addressing the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes and to identify possible strategies to combat this threat, while ensuring respect for relevant international human rights obligations and standards. They also underscored that effective steps to counter terrorist use of the Internet require strong and mutually beneficial public-private partnerships (PPP) with business community, industry, media, and civil society. In this context, OSCE pS committed themselves to further disseminate lessons learned and exchange relevant information and national best practices to counter violent extremists’ exploitation of the Internet at the national level and OSCE-wide and regional levels. 

To support the OSCE pS in SEE to improve the efficiency of their national efforts to address the threats posed by the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, TNTD/ATU developed an ExB Project # 1102040 “Series of National Table-Top Exercises in South Eastern Europe on Preventing and Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes”. This project envisages the organization, upon request of interested OSCE participating States in SEE, of up to six Table-Top Exercises (TTXs) in the region on preventing and CUITP. 

As part of the Project, TNTD/ATU requires the service of a Senior Policy Expert to guide and co-ordinate the work of other two consultants by providing policy support and legal analysis in the joint development of the regional package with six scenario-based TTXs on CUITP, one per each country, on CUITP to be held in South Eastern Europe

Hence, the objective of this assignment is to analyse from a legal and political perspective a strategic-level and policy-based regional package of six national TTXs on CUITP to be held in the South-Eastern Europe.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see: http://www.osce.org/secretariat

 

Tasks and Responsibilities   

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (TNTD/ATU) and in close coordination with relevant OSCE field operations in South Eastern Europe and other line stakeholders, the selected Senior Policy Expert will be tasked to guide and co-ordinate the work of other two experts in the joint development of a regional package with six scenario-based TTXs on CUITP (one per each country) to be held in South Eastern Europe. In particular, the selected Senior Policy Expert shall:

  1. Liaising with and co-ordinating the work of other two consultants in the joint development of the regional package of TTXs on CUITP by providing policy guidance and legal expertise with the view to ensure the materials comply with pertinent policy and/or legal mechanisms of the South-Eastern Europe and are politically balanced;
  2. Together with two consultants, co-ordinating the joint development of TTX modules on CUITP by ensuring timely communication with relevant ATU/TNTD, OSCE field operations in the South-Eastern Europe, ODIHR, and RFoM;
  3. Refining the draft package following the feedback received from the TNTD/ATU and OSCE field operations in SEE, as well as other stakeholders, and submitting the final version of the package.

Note: A detailed description of the nature of the assignment will be reflected in the terms of reference upon identification and selection of suitable expert


Deliverables:

  1. Conduct a desk-based research to collect and review relevant policy and legal mechanisms of the six SEE countries, including those prepared by two other consultants and formulate the draft package;  
  2. Tailor and refine the draft paper following feedback received from the TNTD/ATU, ODIHR, RFoM, and OSCE field operations in the SEE, and submit the final version of the package to ATU/TNTD.
     

Necessary Qualifications   

  • Second-level university degree in a discipline relevant to one or more of the following topics: international human rights law, politics, social sciences, media and governance, security studies,;  
  • A minimum of  seven (7) years of demonstrated experience in providing thorough political analysis, policy advice and/or legal support in the context of the South-Eastern Europe;
  • Knowledge of legal aspects tied to online content moderation practices and relevant regulatory frameworks in the South Eastern Europe;
  • Knowledge of the European Law and other legal mechanisms regulating the use of ICTs and other types of online moderation is a distinct asset;
  • Knowledge of policy and practical challenges in counter-terrorism, policing and police reform, compliance with the rule of law and human rights in the context of the South Eastern Europe is desirable;
  • Previous experience in designing and drafting TTXs with real-case scenarios for training exercises is highly desirable;
  • Professional fluency in English including excellent writing skills; 
  • Knowledge of other OSCE official languages is an asset;
  • Previous experience in international capacity-building assistance, preferably with the OSCE or other international organizations;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under time pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
     


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 https://vacancies.osce.org/.


If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form.


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

 

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

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