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Political Officer for the EUSR


Political Officer for the EUSR


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Political Officer for the EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues based in Pristina

  • Position Title: Political Officer
  • Direct Supervisor: Political Adviser
  • Duty Station:  Pristina
  • Type of contract: Local hire

The Political Officer will be part of the EUSR team tasked to assist the European Union Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues. S/he will work directly with the Pristina-based Political Adviser.

S/he will participate in the team’s work with the competent authorities in Kosovo and liaise closely with a broad range of different actors, stakeholders and partners in Kosovo.

S/he will work closely with the EUSR/EU office in Kosovo and liaise with relevant staff from EEAS, Commission as well as of the EU Delegation in Belgrade.

The Political Adviser will perform his/her tasks under the overall supervision of the EUSR represented by the Political Adviser.

1. Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Supports, assists and advises the Pristina-based Political Adviser, and the broader EUSR team on Dialogue-related issues and other Western Balkan regional issues, as appropriate;
  • Supports and assists the facilitation and supervision of the implementation of arrangements and results achieved in the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade;
  • Conducts political analysis and reporting/ briefings on issues related to current political developments in Kosovo and particularly on thematic issues linked to the Dialogue;
  • Monitors local media and prepares regular briefings and undertakes desk research on a variety of issues linked to the Dialogue;
  • Prepares other reports on relevant issues, as appropriate;
  • Supports and assists the implementation of EU-financed projects related to the Dialogue;
  • Liaises closely and regularly with a broad range of different Kosovo-based actors, stakeholders and partners, in close coordination with the broader EUSR team;
  • Liaises with the EU Office/ EUSR in Kosovo  as well as other EU institutions and offices, missions and international partners with a view of ensuring clear communication and broad consultative and inclusive process;
  • Undertakes any other tasks as required.

2. Job requirements

  • University degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Public or Business Administration/Management, Law or other relevant field;
  • At least 6 – 8 years of professional experience, preferably in a  political / international context;
  •  A thorough understanding of the political situation in Kosovo;
  • Good drafting skills with a proven track record in political reporting and analysis;
  • Good knowledge of the European Union policies and institutions,
  • Diligent, discreet and willing to handle sensitive information;
  • Excellent organisational interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Ability to maintain high quality of input in a stressful working environment and to meet deadlines within a strict schedule;
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team;
  • Excellent knowledge of English both oral and written and fluency in Albanian is required. Proficiency in Serbian is an asset but not a requirement;
  • Flexibility to travel throughout Kosovo;
  • In possession of a valid civilian driver licence for motor vehicles (Category B or equivalent).

More information is available here.

The deadline for application: Friday 3 July, 2020. The email to send the application form (and CV) is: [email protected]