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This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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, combating human trafficking, 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.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues, the Associate Human Rights Officer shall perform the following functions and duties:

  • Monitoring and analysing national anti-terrorism legislation and practices and country-specific developments with regard to factors that may violate human rights or engender terrorism or relate to the prevention of terrorism and of violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT);
  • Preparing general and issue-specific reports and/or other background materials related to human rights in the prevention and combating of terrorism for ODIHR management;
  • Assisting with identifying, developing and implementing programmatic activities and projects, including training on key human rights issues arising in the anti-terrorism context for/with non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, governmental authorities and OSCE staff and missions;
  • Responding to requests to ODIHR for information about the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments in preventing and countering terrorism and VERLT;
  • Building alliances and networks with independent experts, international and national governmental and non-governmental actors;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

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

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in law or related field, preferably with a specialization in human rights;
  • At least four years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human rights and/or criminal justice, including experience at the international level;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN and CoE human rights standards and OSCE human dimension commitments;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing projects and delivering presentation at conferences; ability and experience in designing and providing training is an asset;
  • Familiarity with capacity building initiatives in the criminal justice, police and/or security sectors, or working knowledge of international legal standards as applied in terrorism, war crimes or serious organised crime cases is an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; working knowledge of Russian and/or other OSCE languages is an asset;

  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under (link)

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 candidates 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 (link)-states.

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.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see (link)-competency-model.

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

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here: (link)

Additional Information

  • Issued by: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Requisition ID: ANT00000K
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw
  • Issue Date: Jun 20, 2022
  • Closing Date: Aug 15, 2022
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: Human Rights
  • Target Start Date: As soon as possible
Tags: criminal justice, democratization, gender perspective, human rights, human rights officer, oral communication, rule of law, security sector, trafficking, violent extremism, war crimes