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21 Oct 2017


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR’s assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s mandate.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Rights Department, the incumbent will coordinate the planning and implementation of the project “Increased Human Security Through Enhanced Respect for Human Rights, Diversity and Democratic Inclusiveness”. The project has a focus on OSCE participating States in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The initiative aims to contribute to maintaining or strengthening an enabling environment for the work of human rights defenders, to improve knowledge and skills of security sector actors to police peaceful assemblies in a human rights compliant and gender sensitive manner, to enhance gender mainstreaming in the oversight bodies of the security sector, and to establish reference frameworks for observing and assessing the conduct of public security providers in the course of electoral processes. The project also aims to promote political participation and democratic governance of youth in the OSCE area.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Rights Department, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  • Coordinating the implementation of the project activities within the framework of the project plan and updating the project work plan in consultation with the Human Rights and Democratization Departments portfolio managers;
  • Consulting with OSCE field operations and other relevant stakeholders on the implementation of ODIHR project activities;
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on documents and reports developed by ODIHR Departments involved in the project, monitoring project implementation and providing internal co-ordination on any required changes to project activities;
  • Ensuring procurement and financial planning and donor reporting in relation to project activities;
  • Contributing to publications about the project, including OSCE reports, project factsheets and webpage, as required;
  • Performing other related duties as required.

Necessary qualifications

  • First level University degreein human rights, international affairs, social or political sciences or related field.
  • At least 4 years (full-time equivalent) of relevant professional experience gained in governmental institutions, international organizations or NGOs;
  • Proven experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities;
  • Good understanding of human rights challenges and democratization issues in the OSCE region, knowledge of the functioning of international institutions and bodies promoting and overseeing the implementation of human rights treaties, conventions and other instruments;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Good experience in working with civil society partners, government institutions and international stakeholders;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian is desirable; knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately EUR 4,000. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland.

Social security will include participation in the Cigna International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

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 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 shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States,please see

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation; therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

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

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