Local Consultant/ Higher Education Policy Expert

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  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: COM00001M
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Posting Date: Mar 14, 2022
  • Closing Date: Mar 28, 2022
  • Target Start Date: Apr 1, 2022
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: Human Rights


In co-operation with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the International Organization for Migration, and the British Embassy in Prishtinë/Priština, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OSCE) has been providing technical and advocacy support to the Faculty of Philology at the University of Prishtinë/Priština , in the process of establishing a Bachelor-degree study Programme with a Serbian language learning module. On 31 July 2021, the Kosovo Accreditation Agency announced a positive decision on the accreditation of the Programme, while on 6 August 2021, the University of Prishtinë/Priština officially opened the online registration for the admissions procedure for all programmes, including the Balkanistics study programme. Upon the announcement of the decision on accreditation, the OSCE launched a regional promotional campaign for the Programme. Following the standard two rounds of calls for applicants, a number of applicants have registered for the admissions test. However, not all of them were able to take the admissions test due to lack of institutional support and information.

The OSCE seeks to hire a Local Consultant/Higher Education Policy Expert to support institutions to co-ordinate activities to support the inclusion of the BA programme in Balkanistics studies into international mobility programmes and to facilitate the application process and enrolment of the second generation students.

Objective of Assignment: 

  • To support the Faculty of Philology at the University of Prishtinë/Priština, in applying to international mobility programmes.
  • To facilitate the registration and application of candidates interested in enrolling in the Programme, by providing relevant information and by assisting in verification of their certificates, if needed.
  • To identify potential professors interested in teaching at the Programme and to facilitate their diploma verification process with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Duration of Assignment:

The Consultant will be engaged for a total of 60 working days.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Local Consultant will perform the following functions:

  • Assist the Faculty of Philology, University of Prishtinë/Priština, in applying to international mobility programmes and networking with universities in the region;
  • Mapping out interested universities and establishing partnerships between them and the Faculty of Philology at the University of Prishtinë/Priština;
  • Liaise with interested candidates for teaching and studying positions at the Programme;
  • Perform any other tasks assigned as part of the OSCE efforts in supporting the BA programme in Balkanistics studies.


  • By 21 April, the Consultant will provide a status report on potential partner-universities and their departments, and available mobility programmes;
  • By 21 May, the Consultant will provide a status report on potential teaching staff who would be eligible for teaching at the Programme;
  • By 21 June, if applicable, the Consultant will provide a draft application for mobility programmes or have arranged partnerships with other universities relevant for the Programme;
  • By 21 July, the Consultant will have assisted candidate-students in applying for the Programme. By the same date, the Consultant will submitted a work report summarizing her/his achievements during the consultancy;

Performance Indicators:

The Consultant’s work will be administered through a daily attendance record sheet. The Consultant’s work will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Quality of the documents produced by the Consultant for each of the tasks (two status reports and, if applicable, an application for mobility programmes and any other relevant document);
  • Final report submitted by the Consultant to the OSCE.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • A university degree, preferably advanced level, in Humanities or Social Sciences;
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in higher education including technical and legal expertise.
  • Work experience with institutions of higher education, government institutions or international organizations would be a strong asset;
  • A thorough knowledge of institutional and legal framework pertaining to higher education and accreditation of institutions of higher education in Kosovo;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Albanian languages. Knowledge of the Serbian language would be a strong asset;
  • Strong drafting skills in the English language and experience in report writing;
  • Strong communication skills and experience in liaising with public institutions and/or international organizations;
  • Knowledge of issues related to access to higher education for non-majority communities in Kosovo would be a strong asset;
  • Advanced MS Office skills.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.

In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under https://vacancies.osce.org/. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: consultancy.omik@osce.org. In line with your qualifications please indicate a preference to one or more fields of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. 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.

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