Associate Project Officer (Hate Crime/Security)

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06 Jul 2020


This is an extra-budgetary position.

The initial contract will be for one year, renewable until the project ends. The expected duration of the project is until December 2021 and the selected candidate should commit to being available for the duration of the project.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

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.

The Office’s Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department is currently managing large-scale, extra budgetary project - “Turning Words into Action” (WIA) which aims to ensure, that equal, inclusive and resilient societies across the OSCE region are free of all forms of discrimination and marginalization, and that civil society in the OSCE participating States can work effectively to advance democracy and human rights. ODIHR will therefore work with security and educational institutions in the OSCE participating States to provide effective responses to racism, xenophobia and discrimination focusing on three interconnected areas: 1. Capacity building for criminal justice and security institutions on issues related to countering racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and all forms of discrimination; and for support to victims of hate crime, 2. Providing expert policy support and capacity building to government agencies responsible for hate crime data collection, monitoring of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination and 3. Developing educational materials and raise awareness to counter intolerance and discrimination as well as commemoration and remembrance of the Holocaust.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Project Officer, the incumbent will contribute to the implementation of project activities, with an emphasis on those which address the security situation of Jewish, Muslim, and other affected communities; in particular:

  1. Co-ordinating the engagement with national authorities and stakeholders on prevention and combatting of hate crimes and attacks on community security;
  1. Preparing, organizing and implementing project activities with a specific focus on the project’s security and hate crime outcomes, an in particular: organization of meetings, seminars, workshops, roundtables and conferences with a focus on hate crime and security of religious, minority, and/or vulnerable communities, drafting agendas, preparing events’ materials and talking points, drafting criteria and terms of reference for selection of experts, maintaining an overview and first level review of their performance, analysing evaluation forms and follow up actions;
  1. Conducting research and analysis on human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination issues including hate crime, anti-Semitism, intolerance against Muslims, particularly the security situation of Muslim and Jewish communities in all OSCE participating States, compiling background information on other organisations’ capacity building and awareness raising efforts, highlighting relevant recommendations, drafting talking points and country papers on project related topics and activities;
  1. Liaising with international organisations, stakeholder communities within civil society and governments to implement activities, ensuring all diplomatic and religious modalities and sensitivities are respected;
  1. Ensuring appropriate management of the project documentation and coordination of hate crimes and security outcome-related activities with respective support staff for proper logistics, budgeting and communication.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in international affairs, law, human rights, social sciences or other relevant field,
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience in research on human rights and tolerance issues and/or implementation of training or awareness raising projects with civil society organizations, including at least 2 years of experience gained at the international level;
  • At least 1 year of experience in project management, in particular donor-funded projects;
  • At least 1 year of experience in organizing international meetings/conferences and events of capacity building nature and related to human rights/tolerance and non-discrimination;
  • Proven experience of working with national or international experts and implementing partner organizations;
  • Computer literacy with practical experience with Microsoft applications.


Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 4,201 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. 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 normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How to Apply?

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/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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

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