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Adviser on Civil Society Relations


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the 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 Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The 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.

The ODIHR supports the 57 OSCE participating States and civil society in their efforts to effectively respond to hate-motivated crimes, to promote freedom of religion or belief, and to facilitate mutual respect and understanding. The ODIHR's work is focused on addressing specific forms of intolerance through multi-faceted programmes that address education, law enforcement, legislation, monitoring and the collection and dissemination of information. The ODIHR builds the capacity of civil society to recognize and monitor hate crimes and to work on developing effective responses in their communities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice and analysis on issues related to civil society relations and recommending interventions to the ODIHR management;
  • Developing, reviewing and managing projects aimed at raising the awareness of civil society on issues related to tolerance and non-discrimination and increasing their capacity to monitor, respond to and report on hate crimes and other forms of intolerance;
  • Designing and delivering training seminars for civil society on tolerance and non-discrimination issues;
  • Ensuring adequate participation of civil society in the ODIHR's activities;
  • Performing related duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree, preferably in international relations, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field;
  • Solid understanding of issues relating to intolerance and discrimination;
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience in training design and delivery;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; working knowledge of Russian is desirable;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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.

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.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.

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








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