OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
26 September 2017
Deadline for application
5 November 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
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 democratization activities include the following thematic areas: rule of law, democratic governance and gender, migration and freedom of movement, and legislative support. The ODIHR implements targeted assistance programmes facilitating and enhancing participating states' compliance with OSCE commitments towards the development of democratic structures.
The objective of the Migration/Freedom of Movement Unit is to assist OSCE participating States in meeting their international commitments in the field of migration, freedom of movement and choice of place of residence, treatment of migrant workers and citizens of other participating States. As part of the Unit’s freedom of movement and human contacts portfolio, ODIHR offers expertise to participating States, upon request, for the development and reform of legal and regulatory frameworks for residence registration and civil registration and identification in order to help ensure such frameworks respect the right to freedom of movement and free choice of place of residence and enable access to economic, civil and political rights. Aiming to raise awareness of the OSCE commitments relating to freedom of movement and human contacts among citizens of participating States, ODIHR also promotes good practices in facilitating cross-border mobility, including the implementation of visa application procedures that facilitate freer cross-border travel and respect individual rights and freedoms.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of Deputy Head, Democratization Department, the Adviser on Migration, Freedom of Movement and Human Contacts, will perform the following functions:
Developing and implementing the freedom of movement and human contacts portfolio of activities within the Democratization Department's migration/freedom of movement programme, including monitoring and evaluating freedom of movement/human contacts projects and activities;
Monitoring and analyzing public policy, legislation and practices in OSCE participating States related to freedom of movement and human contacts;
Preparing input for and following up on OSCE Human Dimension meetings and other ODIHR meetings on issues related to freedom of movement and human contacts;
Providing input with recommendations on policy action to analytical reports, briefings and compiling background information on freedom of movement issues and Department programmatic activities;
Developing and maintaining a network of contacts with partner organizations and experts and serving as the ODIHR Democratization Department contact point for requests regarding the implementation of commitments on migration and freedom of movement;
Attending international conferences and coordinating meetings of international organizations and other events on issues related to the portfolio;
Performing other related duties as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: http://www.osce.org/odihr
First-level university degree in political science, international relations, law, human rights law, public policy or related field;
At least six years (full-time equivalent) of relevant professional experience in a government, international organization or NGO, including at least three years (full-time equivalent) on migration/freedom of movement issues, ideally in a country in transition to democracy;
Established knowledge of the freedom of movement situation in OSCE participating states as well as work experience in a national authority responsible for entry/exit regulations such as a migration service, and/or expert knowledge of visa policies, an asset;
Experience in relation to developing and/or reforming population registration systems including their use for the compilation of voter lists and the issuance of travel documents;
Demonstrated and extensive experience in programme development and project management;
Excellent analytical and research skills;
Knowledge and/or work experience in a field operation of an international organization, including the OSCE, is an asset;
Knowledge and work experience in the regions of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia;
Strong presentation skills and ability to interact effectively with high level officials on freedom of movement, cross-border people to people contacts and other human dimension issues;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
Gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; working knowledge of Russian is desirable; knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset.
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
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
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 4,900, 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 made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
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 http://www.osce.org/states.
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.
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