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Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues

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OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Contracted
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue

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.


In accordance with ODIHR's mandate, the Human Rights Department assists participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in general, and in areas that lie at the intersection between human rights and security. Functions covered by the Department include the monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise, technical assistance as well as training and capacity building, to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments.


Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the supervision of the Head, Human Rights Department, the incumbent will be responsible for:


  1. Identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating specific projects and/or activities aimed at ensuring full respect for human rights in States' counter-terrorism policies and practices; providing technical assistance and capacity building as requested, and facilitating the exchange of good practices and lessons learned as appropriate;
  2. Providing analysis of anti-terrorism legislation and technical assistance to legislative drafting and other possible programmatic activities by ODIHR, including on police and the security sector more broadly;
  3. Providing analysis and preparing general and issue-specific reports or other background materials on human rights and anti-terrorism measures;
  4. Networking with similar human rights protection organizations and institutions – international, inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental – and independent experts, to exchange information, co-ordinate activities and implement common programs related to the promotion of human rights compliant anti-terrorism measures;
  5. Co-ordinating activities and projects with other relevant sections of the OSCE, notably the Transnational Threats Department, its Action against Terrorism Unit and its Strategic Police Matters Unit, as well as OSCE Field Operations;
  6. Performing other duties as assigned.


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


Necessary Qualifications    
  • First-level university degree in human rights, political science, international law or related field;
  • At least six years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of human rights and counter-terrorism measures and/or related human rights fields, including one to two years at the international level;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Experience in designing and implementing human rights projects; management experience is desirable;
  • Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, including in situations of increased risk for various types of monitoring missions;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; working knowledge of Russian and/or other OSCE languages is desirable;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.


Required competencies    
    Core values
  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Core competencies
  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
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 5,000. 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.


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 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.