Aug 12, 2015

Counter Terrorism Officer

Employer: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Location: Vienna

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) - Wien, W This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to 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 Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) is the focal point for co-ordinating and facilitating OSCE anti-terrorism activities. The Department contributes to the implementation of the OSCE's counterterrorism commitments by providing support to the Chairmanship-in-Office, the Secretary General and the participating States on anti-terrorism matters and by enhancing co-ordination within the OSCE on related issues.

TNTD/ATU also assists participating States with implementing their relevant commitments in this area, as defined by relevant decisions, and acts on requests from participating States to assist in enhancing their capacities to respond to current and emerging terrorist threats. TNTD/ATU supports the work of relevant UN bodies and enhances co-operation with external partners and other regional organizations in preventing and countering terrorism. TNTD/ATU currently comprises 11-12 persons.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Head of Unit and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of the Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU),
contribute to the implementation of the OSCE anti-terrorism commitments. Specifically, the incumbent:

Participates in the conception, the development, the implementation and the evaluation of OSCE counter-terrorism programmes or projects; monitors programme/project development and implementation and liaises with relevant parties and stakeholders, as well as identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
Follows closely the developments occurring in a series of thematic areas pertaining to counter-terrorism and/or identified as key issues to the TNTD/ATU activities; identifies trends and possible gaps and proposes course of action;
Participates actively as a representative of the TNTD/ATU in counter-terrorism activities set up by other OSCE institutions and bodies, international and regional organizations as well as other stakeholders;
Facilitates the co-ordination of the assigned portfolio activities with those developed by other OSCE institutions and field operations; reports to the relevant OSCE bodies as required, including the Security Committee and provides expert advice as requested by the Secretary General or the Chairman-in-Office through the Head of the Unit;
Deals extensively on issues related to travel documents security;
Identifies, explores and fosters synergies and complementarities between the ATU and possible project partners;
Facilitates interaction between the participating States following PC Decision No. 1063 and other relevant OSCE documents, including bilateral technical assistance and co-operation in the assigned portfolio; identifies, together with the interested participating States, gaps, needs, requirements and resources for assistance in implementing counter-terrorism measures;
Assists the Head of ATU and the Deputy Head in providing guidance to fund managers of OSCE executive structures to facilitate the achievement of the established counter-terrorism goals.
Performs other duties as required.  

University degree in international/political affairs, security/military, law enforcement studies or a closely related field
Minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in security affairs, and at least two years with international organizations; previous experience at the OSCE (Institutions/field operations) is a distinct asset
Established relevant professional experience in the field of anti-terrorism
Established relevant law enforcement and/or intelligence background
Demonstrated ability to foresee risks, anticipate conflicts and propose solutions
Experience with customs and borders is a distinct asset, but not a prerequisite
Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written; knowledge of other OSCE languages is desirable
Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
Ability to operate windows applications including word processing and email.

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