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Workshop on "SSR - from Theory to Practice"

Austria mandate in Armenia

The Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports has requested ISSAT’s support to conduct an SSR Workshop in Armenia in 2015. The workshop is organised by the OSCE office Yerevan and the Government of Armenia, supported by Austrian MOD.  

The Austrian MoD cooperation with Armenia, started in 2013, has included one training event (Introduction to SSR - Level 1 training & High level SSR sensitisation), followed in 2014 with support of an OSCE-/NATO-event with one expert, and with an SSR follow-up workshop in 2015.

 This SSR workshop will bring together approximately 25 Armenian governmental participants at senior level from different ministries and state institutions relevant to the security sector. 

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Workshop "SSR - from Theory to Practice"

Austria mandate in Armenia 09/11/2015 - 13/11/2015

Project started in 2012 with a first activity in June 2013 (“Introduction to SSR - Level 1 training & High level SSR sensitisation”) ARM-AUT-OSCE supported by ISSAT (2 instructors: Petra van Ojien/Sami Faltas)

2015: two activities to be implemented:

  • expert talks on specific aspects within Defence Sector Reform (took place in May 2015);
  • workshop on SSR with special focus on inter-agency cooperation (planned in November 2015).
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OSCE Assessment of the Law Enforcement Development Programme, Kosovo

mandate in Kosovo 30/01/2015 - 30/06/2015

OMiK (OSCE Mission in Kosovo), among the OSCE's largest field operations, forms a distinct component of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). It is mandated with institution and democracy-building, including the promotion of human rights and respect for the rule of law. In 1999, the OSCE was mandated with training the new police service that was to uphold human rights and democratic policing principles. To do so, the Mission’s Department of Police Education and Development (DPED) created an institution – the Kosovo Police Service School – that in 2006 evolved into the Kosovo Centre for Public Safety Education and Development (KCPSED) and in 2011 into the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (KAPS).

In order to better reflect the broader context of its programmes with justice, safety and security sector development, the DPED itself became the Department for Security and Public Safety (DSPS) in 2006. The DSPS experi­enced an acute reduction in its personnel figures, dropping from 30 international mission members and 57 local staff in January 2007 to 19 inter­na­tional and 36 local staff in December 2007. At the same time, the KCPSED was fully staffed by Kosovo/UNMIK civil servants and the transfer of the KCPSED to Kosovo/UNMIK's provisional authorities was completed. Having been renamed as the Department for Public Safety (DPS) in 2008, the name was once again changed in 2009, officially becoming the DSPS.

A core objective of the OSCE's Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) is to support the organization's Field Operations in their police-related activities, as well as to accumulate information and guidance to be used in preparation for, and planning of, future police-related activities. According to the OSCE Strategic Framework for Police-related Activities, the sharing of best policing practices among the organization's participating States is a key element of its police-related activities. The gathering, evaluation, and sharing of this information takes place at the request of participating States and with their consensus.

The OSCE’s Law Enforcement Development Programmes in South-Eastern Europe, which started 1998 in Croatia, are the longest running police-related activities of the OSCE in any of the organization's geographical regions. These Programmes offer a wealth of invaluable information and lessons, which should be recorded not only to preserve the institutional memory of the OSCE, but also to use the identified good practices in the planning of police development programmes in other OSCE regions in the future.

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Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues - OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Application Deadline: 02/10/2017 12:00 am

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is seeking an Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues. 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.

For more details on the vacancy, Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues, kindly follow the link.

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Programme Officer

Location: Vienna, Austria
Application Deadline: 13/09/2017 12:00 pm

The Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit (TNTD/ATU) is seeking a Programme Officer who will contribute to the implementation of the OSCE anti-terrorism commitments. More specifically, he/she will perform the following duties:

  • Facilitating interaction between the participating States under the PC Decision No. 1063, including providing support on technical assistance and co-operation;
  • Participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes or projects;
  • Identifying problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties;
  • Researching, analysing and presenting information on implementation of the relevant OSCE decisions and related commitments within the OSCE;
  • Assisting the Head/Deputy Head of Unit in the identification of possible additional taskings by the Permanent/Ministerial Council, avoiding duplication of efforts by other organizations;
  • Providing information and expertise to Delegations, OSCE bodies, Institutions and field operations on counter-terrorism related issues;
  • Assisting in policy development including the review and analysis of counter-terrorism related issues and trends;
  • Providing advice to the Chairman-in-Office, the Secretary General and the Co-ordinator to address transnational threats, through the Head of the Unit, as requested.

For more information on the vacancy Programme Officer, kindly follow the link.

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Senior Police Adviser

Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyztan
Application Deadline: 31/08/2017 12:00 pm

OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek is currently recruiting a Senior Police Adviser to oversee all aspects of the Programme Office in Bishkek’s (POiB) policing-related activities within the Politico-Military Dimension. The incumbent personally takes the lead in the POiB’s support to the police reform process in Kyrgyzstan. He/she provides support and advice to the Head of the Politico-Military Dimension (H/PMD) on all policing-related issues, with a particular emphasis those related to the police reform process. In this regard, the Senior Police Adviser maintains contacts with key decision makers and opinion-formers on policing matters, including with Parliamentarians, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Interior and civil society activists.A minimum of 10 years of police experience is required.

For more details on the vacancy Senior Police Adviser, kindly follow the link.

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Head of Human Dimension Unit

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Application Deadline: 27/07/2017 12:00 pm

Under the overall guidance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) Chief Monitor and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief Monitor, the Head of Human Dimension Unit (HDU) is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the Human Dimension Unit and determines priorities; ensuring consistency with, and relevance to, the Mission's mandate.
  • Overseeing, co-ordinating and analysing reporting on developments related to rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rights of individuals belonging to national minorities and/or other issues related to the promotion and protection of rights; informing the SMM senior management of priority issues in the promotion, protection and implementation of rights, identifies priority initiatives and contributes to planning these for the Mission.
  • Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating all Human Dimension projects and initiatives; acting as programme manager with budgetary and administrative oversight of the unit's activities;
  • Managing the work of the HDU in support of the negotiation process aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict;
  • Advising the Head/Chief Monitor and preparing reports on all Human Dimension issues throughout Ukraine related to the Mission's mandate, including potential problems, their causes and possible consequences;
  • Co-ordinating Human Dimension issues with other OSCE Institutions, in particular the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), government officials, local experts, international governments and non-governmental organizations.
  • Assisting in arranging OSCE regional events, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  • Coaching and supervising the work of the 11 HDU staff in the head office; ensuring field office staff working on human dimension issues receives sufficient support from other responsible thematic sections.
  • Performing other duties as required.

For more details on the Head of Human Dimension Unit, kindly follow the link. 

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Rule of Law Officer

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Application Deadline: 31/01/2017 12:00 am

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The 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. The ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with the ODIHR's mandate.

For a full description of the Rule of Law Officer job opening, kindly follow the link.

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Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights Department

Location: Tirana, Albania
Application Deadline: 18/12/2016 12:00 pm

OSCE Presence in Albania is looking for a candidate to chair the rule of law and human rights department with relevant and progressively responsible legal reform experience, with knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments to develops, co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of OSCE projects in the area of rule of law and human rights. 

To access the full description of Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights Department job vacancy, kindly follow the link.

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Organised Crime Adviser

Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyztan
Application Deadline: 04/10/2016 12:00 am

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Police Affairs, the Organized Crime Adviser advises and supports the Head of Police Affairs in the enhancement of the capacity of the local law enforcement agencies to deal with new types of organized crime and new technologies in line with international human rights best practices and develops strategic initiatives accordingly.

Specifically, the Organized Crime Adviser:

  1. Assesses and reports on organized crime-related issues, as well as drafts relevant background reports, food-for-thought papers and input to the Centre's regular reporting;
  2. Provides analysis and advice to the Head of Police Affairs on organized crime-related issues, and  proposes course of action to be implemented in developing the inter-institutional mechanism for organized crime countering;
  3. Co-ordinates all interested state authorities efforts in developing efficient multi-agency network for organized crime countering, in assisting agreed joint strategies and action plans through governance and a delivery model;
  4. Liaises with relevant local, international and/or government agencies  in identifying and analysing the problems/needs/risks in organized crimes sphere; proposes appropriate initiatives, plans, and course of action to address them;
  5. Develops and implements projects (sourced internally or externally), and co-ordinates all the stages of the project management cycle (planning, designing, budgeting, management and evaluation);
  6. As requested by the Head of Police Affairs, represents the OSCE and the Centre in Bishkek on advocating for the fulfilment of OSCE commitments related to organized crime fighting practices, behaviour and structures to external audiences;
  7. Supervises the work of two Programme staff as directed;
  8. Performs other duties as required.

To access the full description of the Organised Crime Adviser job opening, kindly follow the link.

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Local Reform Adviser

Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Application Deadline: 07/07/2016 12:00 am

The Politico-Military Unit of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine is implementing a project on 'Strengthening Democratic Control of Ukrainian Security Sector and Armed Forces' in 2016 together with Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defence and the Ministry of Defence.

The project supports adherence to OSCE commitments elaborated in the 'Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security' and complements work by the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE Secretariat to implement newly developed internal security sector reform/governance guidelines. This project seeks to increase democratic control of security sector and armed forces of Ukraine.

The PCU will engage 10 local experts to develop a Democratic Control of Ukrainian Armed Forces (DCUAF) concept and implementation plan as well as new regulations of the operational scope of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) departments; a new structure of the MoD; to collect information on observance of human rights of military personnel and protection of human rights of civilian population from unlawful actions of military personnel and report detected cases of failure to observe human rights of military personnel and to protect human rights of civilian population from unlawful actions of military personnel to MoD call centre.

For access to the full job description for Local Reform Adviser, kindly follow the link. 

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Counter-Terrorism and Police Issues Adviser

Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Application Contact: OSCE Office in Tajikistan ()
Application Deadline: 30/06/2015 12:00 pm

General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving licence and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • Graduation from a recognized police training school
  • Negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and utilise maps
  • Ability to perform first aid
  • Regular, active police service experience
  • Very good oral and written English communication skills
  • Knowledge of International Police Standards and human rights

    Level of Professional Competence Requirements

    Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following

    Education

    Police administrative courses in relevant field and specialized subject area

    Experience

    Minimum 10 years of diversified police experience including at least 12 months operational experience in the relevant field and specialized subject area

    Mission Specific Requirements

    Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements

    Mandatory

    • Proven working experience in project management, including planning/development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation/ controlling and reporting
    • Relevant experience in police reform development and implementation
    • Relevant professional experience in the field of counter-terrorism and police issues
    • Professional fluency in oral and written English and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
    • Previous working experience in a programmatic/strategic planning role
    • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
    • Experience of working in international organizations and/or experience in field missions
    • 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
    • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail

    Desirable

    • Advanced education in community-policing relations, crime prevention or any other related fields
    • Experience in security sector reform
    • Ability to provide leadership and motivation with strong supervisory skills
    • Working knowledge of the Russian and/or Tajik languages
    • Experience in negotiation/mediation
    • Experience of working in the Central Asian region and/or knowledge of the region

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    As one of the largest OSCE field operations, the Office in Tajikistan is involved in a wide range of activities, ranging from arms control, counter-terrorism and border management projects to supporting cross-border markets and free economic zones, human rights, media development, and legal reform initiatives.

    The Office helps the country implement a structural reform package and develop new, modern policing techniques to deal with organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorist activity. This includes legislative reform; training; and the introduction of democratic standards and community policing methods. The Office also assists with the implementation of a national anti-drug strategy and runs projects to combat violent extremism and radicalization.

    Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Politico-Military Department (PMD), the Counter Terrorism and Police Issues Adviser:

    1. Oversees the development and implementation of all relevant police reform initiatives;
    2. Establishes and maintains effective working relations with official Tajik authorities dealing with the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of serious criminal offences, such as terrorism and organized crime;
    3. Establishes co-operation and co-ordinates activities with other international partners in Tajikistan;
    4. Organizes, co-ordinates, implements and monitors anti-terrorism, police assistance and organized crime-related projects;
    5. Participates in working groups to support the strengthening of the national counter-terrorism response, including through the formulation of counter-terrorism strategies, improved intelligence sharing and relevant law enforcement initiatives
    6. Actively supports the Anti Terrorism Unit and the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Secretariat in Vienna, to identify, develop, co-ordinate, implement and monitor OSCE activities in the field of anti-terrorism/police assistance/organized crime;
    7. Determines current status of organized crime and police legislation in Tajikistan;
    8. Produces analytical reports on developments in Tajikistan, as assigned;
    9. Supervises 11 staff members (3 international and 8 national);
    10. Performs other duties as required.

    The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

    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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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Tools

Security Sector Governance and Reform: Guidelines for OSCE Staff

SS Gov and Reform

This document published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the support of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), follows on the recommendations of a study on The Role of the OSCE in Security Sector Governance  by DCAF. One of the recommendations was to develop guidance for OSCE staff in order to facilitate the provision of more effective and coherent support in the area of Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R).

The guidelines provide OSCE executive structures and their staff with a tool for pursuing a coherent and co-ordinated approach to supporting nationally led SSG/R processes. Their aim is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Organization’s ongoing efforts.

The current set of guidelines consists of the following sections:

• Cross-Dimensional Approaches to Security Sector Governance and Reform
• Impact-Oriented Approaches to Security Sector Governance and Reform
• Needs Assessments in the Area of Security Sector Governance and Reform
• Approaches to Strengthening Regional Co-operation on Security Sector Governance and Reform

Regular updates of the present guidelines will ensure that lessons identified from ongoing work are reflected and integrated. Moreover, further guidelines will be developed according to needs identified int he field. For this purpose, a review process will be initiated in 2016 to assess their effective use and to identify emerging guidance needs.

To access the Security Sector Governance and Reform: Guidelines for OSCE Staff, kindly follow the link.

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Policy and Research Papers

Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces

  • How can armed forces measure the impact of a gender perspective on operations?
  • How can armed forces monitor their success in providing equal opportunities for men and women, and tackling sexual harassment and abuse?
  • How can armed forces embed a gender perspective in all internal systems and processes?

This guidance note on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces, developed by DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR and the OSCE Gender Section, is a practical resource for militaries, and for those who manage and support them. It can help an armed forces move beyond a policy commitment to integrate gender  ­̶  by designating responsibilities, by monitoring how gender issues are addressed in human resource management and in operations, and by strengthening responses to misconduct.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW Tool on Defence Reform and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

It is an essential resource for those working at the strategic or management level in armed forces; gender units, gender advisers and gender focal points; equal opportunities officers and others responsible for human resources; and those supporting reform processes or gender mainstreaming.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight and Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions.

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Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight

  • How can a police service monitor its success in providing equal opportunities for men and women?
  • How can it monitor how it addresses the different security needs of men and women?
  • How can it ensure that attention to gender is embedded in all its internal systems and processes?

This guidance note on Integrating Gender into Internal Police Oversight, developed by DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR  and the OSCE Gender Section is a practical resource for police services, and those who manage and support them. It can help a police service move beyond a policy commitment to integrate gender  ̶  by designating responsibilities for gender, by monitoring how gender issues are addressed in human resource management and in police operations, and by strengthening prevention and respond to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Designed as a complement to the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW Tool on Police Reform and Gender, and DCAF’s Gender Self Assessment Guide, the guidance note contains checklists, examples of good practice from across the OSCE, and a self assessment table.

It is an essential resource for those: working at the strategic or management level in police services, responsible for human resources, providing specialist services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and supporting police reform and/or gender mainstreaming.

Associated guidance notes are available on: Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces and Integrating Gender into Oversight of the Security Sector by Ombuds Institutions & National Human Rights Institutions.

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LGBT People and Security Sector Reform in the Republic of Serbia

In 2011, Public Policy Research Center conducted a six-month project titled “Vulnerable Groups and Security Sector Reform: a Case Study of LGBT” on the relationship dynamics of LGBT people and the police / Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Armed Forces of Serbia / Ministry of Defence (MoD). The research was based on the assumption that the security sector institutions relationship with and attitude toward members of LGBT population is one of the indicators of change in their culture i.e. a part of the process of the so-called “second generation” reforms. The research team sought to examine how non-heterosexual individuals perceive the ongoing process of reforms in the security sector institutions, especially in regard to possible improvements of their own security. The intent was also to contribute to the increase of interest in the “security community” for the issue of LGBT people’s relationship with the security sector. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve communication and cooperation between the two communities.

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