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Adviser on Torture Prevention


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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 entry on duty
Date of issue

This is a short-term assignment. The initial contract will be issued for a period of four (4) months, with a possibility of further extension (up to 5 months and 29 days).

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 is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The ODIHR's activities are implemented in 57 participating States in accordance with the ODIHR's political mandate. The ODIHR has a large number of assistance projects in the areas of democratic institution building, the rule of law and human rights, as well as election observation.

The ODIHR possesses substantial expertise and has carried out a significant amount of work on torture prevention, including developing a handbook for OSCE field staff on preventing torture and a report analysing OSCE-wide experiences in the fight against torture. In addition, assistance to police and prosecutorial bodies in mainstreaming human rights into their activities represents an important avenue of ODIHR's work.

Given the need to ensure coverage of the anti-torture portfolio in this context, in particular activities related to the prevention of torture, the ODIHR's Human Rights Department (HRD) is currently hiring a Adviser on Torture Prevention to cover and further develop this portfolio between 1 September and 31 December 2015.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head, Human Rights Department, the Adviser on Torture Prevention will perform the following duties:

  • Conducting human rights monitoring, substantive research and analysis, with a particular focus on torture and related human rights issues, through desk or field research, as relevant;
  • Planning, developing, implementing and co-ordinating programmes and activities on human rights and, specifically, on combating/preventing torture, with government authorities, NHRIs, national preventive mechanisms under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and civil society from participating States;
  • Promoting, generating and reinforcing synergies on torture prevention between OSCE institutions, structures and field operations;
  • Supporting regular peer-to-peer exchanges of experiences, information and practices between National Preventive Mechanisms under OPCAT in the OSCE region;
  • Preparing various written outputs for internal and external audiences;
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with all relevant international and national counterparts as well as independent experts in order to promote, develop co-operation, as well as synergies and joint activities to the extent possible, and facilitate the implementation of recommendations of relevant actors;
  • Representing the ODIHR in professional discussions, conferences and meetings related to the fight against torture;
  • Monitoring progress in programme implementation and perform internal evaluations;
  • Co-ordinating activities related to budget and funding, and preparing related documents and reports;
  • Performing other duties, including deploying to human rights monitoring missions, as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in law, political science, international relations, or social sciences, with a specialization in human rights;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights, including experience at the international level, preferably with a focus on combating/preventing torture;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing human rights programmes and activities with capacity building and/or technical assistance components;
  • Good understanding of human rights monitoring methodologies and experience of human rights monitoring, preferably with a specific focus on torture and the monitoring of places of detention;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights standards and institutions;
  • Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, for different types of monitoring missions, including in situations of increased risks;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; 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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