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This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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 Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR CTHB) represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues. The Office of the Special Representative for Combating in Trafficking and Human Beings (OSR CTHB) assists OSCE participating States in the implementation of commitments and full usage of recommendations set forth in the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and its addenda as well as relevant Ministerial Council Decisions. The Office provides a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings (CTHB) with a focus on the following activities: enhancing the awareness and understanding of trafficking in human beings (THB) across the OSCE region; policy planning and advocacy especially in the area of emerging trends of THB and effective approaches to combating THB; and direct assistance to participating States in practical and technical areas, at their request.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the overall leadership of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR CTHB), and the immediate supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the selected candidate will make recommendations on long and short-term programmes of activities and courses of action to be taken relating to OSR anti-trafficking initiatives, focusing on combating trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation in supply chains.

More specifically, the selected candidate will perform the following duties:

1. Providing assistance and advice in relation to the implementation by OSCE participating States of OSCE commitments and recommendations related to combating trafficking in human beings in the following areas: labour exploitation in supply chains, the demand for goods and services resulting from THB, and in relation to the following documents:

  • the 2011 Vilnius Ministerial Declaration on Combatting All Forms of Human Trafficking;
  • the 2013 Addendum to the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings: One Decade Later;
  • the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Resolution on Responsibility to Combat Human Trafficking in Government Contracts for Goods and Services, adopted in July 2015; and
  • MC.DEC/6/17 “Strengthening Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings”;
2. Supporting the SR CTHB with policy and operations-level analysis, recommending the development of strategies and anti-trafficking initiatives to ensure the application of principles of due diligence and transparency throughout supply chains to prevent fraudulent labour recruitment, to strengthen government procurement processes to prevent the purchasing of goods and services produced by trafficked persons, including in mega-sporting events, and other large contracts and encourage the adoption of the relevant international standards;

3. Co-ordinating and leading the implementation of the OSR CTHB ExB project “Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings in Supply Chains through Government Practices and Measures” including the organization of training with partners on issues related to combating trafficking in human beings in supply chains;

4. Assisting in the co-ordination of the efforts of other OSCE structures engaged in CTHB across the three dimensions, on issues related to the prevention of trafficking in human beings in supply chains; strengthening networking with antitrafficking partner organizations in participating States; providing recommendations for programmes and possible joint activities, including publications;

5. Serving as the focal point in the OSR CTHB on combating trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation in supply chains for partners at regional and international levels;

6. Assisting the SR with the drafting and finalizing of statements and other texts;

7. Ensuring regular flow of information to the participating States on the above-mentioned project/subject-related activities of the Office;

8.Performing other related duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the work of the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, please see

Necessary Qualifications:
Second-level university degree in a relevant field, ideally supply chain management, procurement, international relations, trade, law, or related fields;
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least four years of addressing trafficking in human beings and/or working on policies for sustainable supply chain management; responsible procurement; and/or the implementation of policies and activities towards responsibility and sustainability in procurement, sourcing, or supply chain management;
Broad knowledge of assurance and compliance with human rights, including labour rights and related issues in procurement, sourcing, or supply chain management and recent legislative developments;
Experience in the development, implementation, or management of sustainability or responsibility programmes in procurement or supply chain functions at an international organisation, public sector organisation, or multi-national corporation.
Experience working for an international organisation and/or other relevant international experience;
Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
Computer literate with experience in Microsoft applications;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

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 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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

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

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:

Required competencies

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals;
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions;
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles;
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

Core competencies

Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization;
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment;
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner;
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions;
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects;
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances.

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment;
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them;
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback.

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat
Requisition ID: OFF000018
Contract Type: International Secondment
Grade: S
Job Level: Professional
Job Type: Seconded
Number of posts: 1
Location: OSCE Secretariat, Vienna
Posting Date: Oct 27, 2021
Closing Date: Nov 10, 2021
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Schedule: Full-time
Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)
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