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Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Issued by
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Vacancy number
VNODIS00451
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Number of posts
1
Duty station
Warsaw, Poland
Deadline
Date of issue

 

Background

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 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 ODIHR's Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (TND) Department comprising 16 staff members, provides support to participating States in implementing their OSCE commitments and in strengthening their efforts to prevent and respond to hate crimes; promote mutual respect and understanding; and ensure freedom of religion or belief.

Under Ministerial Council Decisions 4/03, 10/05 and 13/06, ODIHR is tasked to provide support to OSCE participating States in the area of freedom of religion or belief including through the work of its Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. These Decisions also emphasize the link between countering intolerance and discrimination and respecting freedom of religion or belief and the importance of inter-faith dialogue to promote greater tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.

 
 
 
 
Tasks and Responsibilities

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing all projects and activities related to freedom of religion or belief, including steering and co-ordinating the work of ODIHR's Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Under the general guidance of Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  • Providing expert advice and analysis on issues related to freedom of religion or belief in the OSCE area, in particular on the implementation of commitments pertaining to freedom of religion or belief;
  • Co-ordinating the preparation of legislative reviews pertaining to freedom of religion or belief;
  • Designing and implementing activities with the aim of supporting participating States in their efforts to implement OSCE commitments in the area of freedom of religion or belief;
  • Steering and co-ordinating the work of the ODIHR's Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief;
  • Providing substantive support for the organization of meetings and conferences on freedom of religion or belief;
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with representatives of communities of religion or belief and relevant civil society actors in OSCE participating States, international organizations, OSCE field operations and relevant institutions with a view to co-operating whenever relevant;
  • Representing ODIHR at events, meetings, trainings and conferences related to freedom of religion and belief;
  • Performing other duties as required.
 
 
 
 
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in law or other disciplines related to human rights such as international relations, political science or social sciences (advanced university degree would be an asset);
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field; experience in law would be an advantage;
  • Understanding of issues relating to freedom of religion or belief;
  • Familiarity with regional and international initiatives to promote freedom or religion or belief and experience in the development and implementation of projects in the area of freedom of religion or belief;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe, EU and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Initiative and sound judgment, strong analytical and organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team;
  • Excellent knowledge of English with good drafting and reporting skills is essential; knowledge of another OSCE language, particularly Russian, is desirable;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective.
 
 
 
 

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. 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 http://www.osce.org/who/83.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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