Security Expert

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Country: Poland
Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Closing date: 2 Mar 2021


ODIHR is the leading agency in Europe in the field of election observation. It co-ordinates and organizes the deployment of several observation missions with thousands of observers every year to assess the compliance of elections in OSCE participating States in line with OSCE commitments, other international standards for democratic elections and national legislation. Its unique methodology provides an in-depth insight into all elements of an electoral process, and permits to make concrete recommendations to further improve electoral processes. Further details of the organization can be found at

In order to strengthen its pool of Security Experts for election observation missions, ODIHR is now inviting persons with relevant expertise to apply for inclusion in ODIHR’s expert roster. Candidates who have already been included in the security expert roster do not need to re-apply.

Objective: Under the guidance of the Head of Mission (HoM) and in close co-ordination with the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) and the ODIHR Election Department, and in consultation with as well as under the technical supervision of the ODIHR Logistics and Security Officer, the Security Expert will ensure the security operations in compliance with OSCE Framework of Security Management and the country-specific ODIHR Security Risk Assessment. In case of any security and safety related incidents, the Deputy Head of the Election Department, the Election Adviser responsible and the ODIHR Logistics and Security Officer must be immediately informed.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Security Expertise and Advice

  • Collect general and election-specific information regarding the security situation in the OSCE region;
  • Conducts threat assessments for EOMs throughout the OSCE area and ODIHR-organized events, such as Human Dimension meetings;
  • Support Logistics and Security Officer in Warsaw, Poland as required.
  • Reviews and updates mission security, contingency plans and security and safety protocols ;
  • Acquire thorough knowledge of the ODIHR Election Observation Handbook, OSCE Framework of Security Management, Operations Guidelines for election field activities, OSCE Security – Instructions and other relevant materials, such as risks/threat assessment prepared by ODIHR;
  • Abstract, evaluate and understand the information collected for its accuracy and value, to prepare required security briefings and reports;

Security and safety of mission members

  • Co-ordinate and ensure that all necessary security and safety arrangements are provided to the election observation mission, including to the core team, long-term observers (LTO) and short-term observers (STO), if applicable, and all other persons/delegations/organizations participating in ODIHR co-ordinated observation of the elections;
  • Prepare a Security Risk Assessment and advise on the selection of the office premises (when applicable);
  • Issue appropriate security instructions for the election observation mission, including core team members, LTOs and STOs (if applicable);
  • Issue personal safety guidelines and establish an emergency contact list;
  • Prepare a comprehensive security plan for the observation mission in accordance with the OSCE Framework of Security Management (using ODIHR security templates), including medical evacuation plan and contingency plans for possible security emergencies;
  • Issue Office Safety and Security Instruction, which should include: office guards’ duties, firefighting, evacuation procedure, dealing with suspicious mail and phone threats.


  • Establish contact with relevant authorities of the host country, OSCE security officer in the field (if applicable), as well as security officers of international organizations present in the country and major embassies; and

  • Maintain contact with the ODIHR Logistics and Security Officer

Briefings and Reporting

  • Respond to security concerns and problems of the core team, LTOs and STOs, if applicable,;
  • Monitor news regarding security related incidents, check such media reports with the government sources and report during daily staff meetings;
  • Prepare regular reports (updates) on the security situation for mission staff and the ODIHR Logistics and Security Officer, persons/delegations/organizations participating in ODIHR co-ordinated observation of elections;
  • Deliver briefing on safety and security, including on defensive and safe driving to all mission drivers;
  • Prepare briefing material on security issues as requested by the HoM or DHoM;

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree or an equivalent professional qualification in the field of intelligence and security management, business administration, management or law; extensive experience and vocational training in the area of security management;
  • A strong background in security management. Field experience of operating within challenging environments is desirable;
  • Minimum of four years of professional experience, part of it should have been acquired in an international organization or a mission environment, ideally within the area of elections;
  • Thorough understanding of security policy, principles and practices, in particular the formulation and execution of field security plans and procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to work long/irregular hours and under pressure in a sensitive political environment;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentations skills and ability to provide guidance to election observers;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in supervisory role and as a member of a team composed of individuals of different cultural and political backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of local language(s) is an asset; and
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.


  • Comprehensive security plan for the observation mission in accordance with OSCE Framework of Security Management (using ODIHR security templates), including medical evacuation plan and plans for possible security emergencies;

  • Security instructions for core team members, LTOs and STOs, if applicable;

  • Personal safety guidelines;

  • Emergency contact list;

  • Instruction on safety in the office;

  • Aide-memoire with all essential phone numbers to all observers that will also cover emergency and evacuation instructions;

  • Co-ordination of support staff under direct supervision, including certification and evaluation of their work; and

  • Regular Security Updates.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and be in accordance with ODIHR established rates which can be found on Coverage of travel expenses and a standard per diem will be provided by the OSCE/ODIHR, in accordance with OSCE travel policie

How to apply:

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 at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

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.

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


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