Head of Media (S4)

negotiable / YEAR Expired 2 months ago
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General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license 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:

  • Second-level university degree in journalism, international relations or related field, media law, media studies or related field.
  • Experience in working in or with the media or media policy and research field in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports, public presentations and related documents in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
  • Demonstrable organisational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills


Knowledge of the regional political and media situation and the legal media system of the mission area

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced education in a relevant field


Minimum 10 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience, including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Understanding of international media environment
  • Operational experience in managing financial and human resources, programs and projects (from their development, to monitoring and implementation)
  • Extensive experience in the field of media development and media reform
  • Experience supporting the professional development and capacity building of democratic institutions  
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Experience in policy formulation and writing monitoring and progress reports, as well as working with donors,  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word-processing and e-mail
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames


  • Knowledge of the local language in the Mission area
  • Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Serbia and South-Eastern Europe
  • Experience in journalism

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Head of Mission (HoM) and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), and in accordance with the mandate of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the Head of the Media Department is responsible for developing and implementing the Mission’s media affairs programme. Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for:

  1. The overall responsibility for managing the Media Department in relation to policy formulation, strategic development, planning and reporting, as well as budget control, provision of funds and fundraising for extra-budgetary projects;
  2. Acting as the Mission’s representative for contacts with senior officials of the relevant ministries, governmental agencies, political parties, media associations, media outlets and non-governmental organizations active in the field of the media affairs, and articulating the Mission’s policy on the media matters to the above mentioned officials;
  3. Providing reports to the HoM and DHoM based on the analysis of relevant laws and practises;
  4. Developing, co-ordinating and monitoring the implementation of OSCE capacity building projects in the area of media reform covering inter alia media legislation, media monitoring and media development;
  5. Liaising with other international, non-governmental and donor organizations, encouraging their engagement in media issues in Serbia and overseeing the capacity building of media institutions in the country;
  6. Working closely with the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, providing advice on the state of media freedom and freedom of expression in the country;
  7. Managing the Media Department staff (permanent and temporary and consultants) and its programmes/projects, identifies problems and weaknesses and recommending solutions and improvements;
  8. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see http://www.osce.org/mission-to-serbia

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.


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.


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.


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 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: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.

Belgrade, Serbia
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