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Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues (S)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR 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 Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.

In accordance with ODIHR mandate, the Human Rights Department (HRD) assists participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. Areas of work covered by the Department include monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise and technical assistance to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments; supporting the development of effective human rights education and capacity building; enhancing the protection of human rights while countering terrorism; addressing the relationship between human rights, gender and the security sector; promoting freedom of religion or belied, and emphasizing human rights aspects of combating trafficking in human beings.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The Anti-trafficking Adviser, directly supervised by the Head of the Human Rights Department (HRD), aims to assist OSCE participating States in complying with their OSCE human dimension commitments to protect trafficked persons and prevent trafficking in human beings. S/he contributes to the achievement of overall objectives of the Human Rights Department when and as required. In particular S/he aims to support the establishment and strengthening of "National Referral Mechanisms", to improve strategies to identify and protect trafficked persons and support trafficked persons' access to justice and remedies, including compensation. The assigned duties include:

  1. Contributing to the development and regular review of ODIHR's anti-trafficking efforts as per relevant OSCE combatting trafficking in human beings (CTHB) commitments; identifying key areas of concerns through monitoring of developments in law, policy and practice and assessing the impact of trafficking on the human rights of victims and survivors of trafficking; 
  2. Identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating targeted anti-trafficking projects; including existing experience and best practices in the OSCE region to protect and assist trafficked persons, and establishing and strengthening "National Referral Mechanisms"; conducting assessment visits and consultations with relevant institutions, especially the OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB), and OSCE field operations, planning workshops, developing evaluation mechanisms, and preparing donor reports;
  3. Co-operating with all relevant colleagues and units to ensure co-ordination of combatting trafficking in human beings (CTHB) efforts, both within ODIHR, other OSCE institutions, field operations and anti-trafficking focal points; and maintaining relationships with key international and national governmental and non-governmental actors in the anti-trafficking field, and independent experts, and consulting with OSCE field operations and all relevant actors including experts from government agencies, international organizations and NGOs on project needs and implementation; contributing to project implementation and provides relevant expertise and feedback on draft materials, project proposals;
  4. Analysing and monitoring public policy, legislation, and State practices affecting areas related to trafficking and human rights, in particular concerning the establishment of "National Referral Mechanisms", strategies to identify and protect trafficked persons and support trafficked persons' access to justice and remedies, and the protection of human rights in the return of trafficked persons; collecting and providing participating States with relevant information on best practices related to identification, and assisting in the organization of anti-trafficking sessions at Human Dimension Events;
  5. Providing advice and recommendations to the ODIHR management and colleagues and to OSR/CTHB on anti-trafficking issues as required;
  6. Participating and representing ODIHR in relevant conferences, meetings and events as appropriate; 
  7. Contributing to the overall work of Human Rights Department, including deployment to human rights assessment missions as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see

Education and Experience:

  • First-level university degree in social sciences, law, or another related field;
  • A minimum of six years of relevant professional experience, with at least two with an international organization;
  • Excellent knowledge of trafficking in human beings and human rights issues;
  • Strong project management and implementation experience in relation to countering trafficking in human beings;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of other language relevant to the OSCE region an asset, in particular Russian language;
  • Familiarity with anti-trafficking stakeholders;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions or cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities, including those related to vulnerable groups.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under If your participating State does not provide the option to apply online for seconded positions, you are kindly requested to submit your offline application form available at to the respective OSCE delegation whose address can be found at

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: 

Additional Information
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