Vacancy Senior Political Officer

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sarajevo

is looking for a local Senior Political Officer for 20 hours per week.

(A fixed-term contract will be offered for one year, which may be renewed in 2020)


  • Proactive signalling of developments, analysis and reporting on internal and external politics of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on State and entity level.
  • Advising on political developments, including the functioning of the government(s), elections and government(s) formation.
  • Acting as a resource person for all matters related to competencies of the BiH governments
  • Preparing briefings and speaking notes and drafting high quality reports.
  • Maintaining a professional network within all political parties, BiH institutions, civil society and international actors
  • Occasionally act as interpreter during official meetings.
  • Occasional field visits outside Sarajevo.


  • University degree in political sciences, law, (public) administration, security studies or related fields with a broad interest covering i.e. international relations, (geo)politics.
  • At least three years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of the BiH government and institutional framework, as well as of local civil society.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Networker and team player: establishes and maintains contacts in a broad field of stakeholders and relevant actors. Maintain a positive, constructive attitude and understand that our work is a group effort that can only succeed if everyone takes responsibility for his or her part.
  • Good computer and information technology skills.
  • Good knowledge of local language(s) and English, also in writing.
  • Previous working experience in an international environment would be a plus;
  • Knowledge of the Dutch language is a plus.

The senior officer should be pro-active, independent, objective and have good analytic skills. He/she should be able to work in a team and should have a flexible attitude. Especially as the position is for 20 hours/week, it may occur that the political officer has to work on various days per week, depending on agendas of external parties.

If this position arouses your interest, please send your CV and application letter in English to before 31 March 2019 close of business and include ‘[SURNAME] application senior political officer’ in the subject of your e-mail.