Forensic Archaeologist At European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo

Location: Kosovo

Employment Regime: Seconded/Contracted

Division/Department/Unit: Operations Support Pillar, Forensic Medicine Team

Security Clearance Level: No (only access up to EU RESTRICTED required)

Open to Contributing Third States: Yes

1. Reporting Line:

The Forensic Archaeologist reports to the Deputy Director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM).

2. Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • To construct search strategies and perform site assessments;
  • To plan operational and logistical aspects of excavations;
  • To direct and perform excavations and exhumations;
  • To write reports to international archaeological standards;
  • To compile reports of possible new sites of forensic interest;
  • To work closely with the Exhumations Coordinator with the analysis of data pertaining to missing persons cases with the aim of creating new leads;
  • To plan for and train on the job local colleagues in the subject of forensic archaeology and related fields;
  • To assist in the mortuary operation whenever required;
  • To give expert testimony evidence in court.

3. General Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • To identify and report on lessons learned and best practices within the respective area of responsibility;
  • To contribute and ensure timely reporting on activities within the respective area of responsibility;
  • To take account of gender equality and human rights aspects in the execution of tasks;
  • To undertake any other related tasks as requested by the Deputy Director of the IFM.

4. Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Successful completion of university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma OR a qualification in the National Qualifications Framework which is equivalent to level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework OR a qualification of the second cycle under the framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area, e.g. Master’s Degree. The qualification should be in Archaeology, Bio-archaeology, Forensic Archaeology or other relevant university studies; AND
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in operational forensic archaeology in the field of missing persons, after having fulfilled the education requirements;**
  • Experience in field forensic archaeological techniques including surveying, sketching and probing;
  • Experience in the recording and recovery of human remains.

5. Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Acquainted with the forensic work carried out by international, multidisciplinary teams;
  • Working knowledge of human osteology;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of applied archaeological methodologies and techniques for searching for burials, including the analysis and interpretation of extensive volumes of data.

6. Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • International experience, particularly in crisis areas with multi-national and international organisations;
  • Experience with digital mapping, survey techniques using TST and GPS, CAD or other 3D modelling packages, familiarity with GIS software packages and experience working with satellite imagery;
  • Driving license of category C.

7. Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Substantial knowledge of the functioning of the EU and in particular CSDP Missions;
  • Ability to perform under stress and in difficult circumstances;
  • Good knowledge of data management.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to:

1) You have the nationality of an EU Member State, you must use Goalkeeper to apply:

a) You are already registered on Goalkeeper and you have an EU Login:

b) You do not have a Goalkeeper account or an EU Login:


2) For seconded and contracted candidates from Contributing Third States:


For questions from the National Authorities please contact the

Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC)


For questions from contracted candidates please contact the

EULEX Human Resources Division

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