OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
4 June 2019
Deadline for application
17 June 2019
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
This is a short-term assignment to cover maternity leave. The initial contract will be issued for a period of five (5) months and 29 days, with a possibility of further extension.
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
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.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Democratic Governance and Gender Unit, and in close co-operation with the Gender Adviser, the incumbent will assist in issues relating to gender equality and women's participation in political and public affairs and provide guidance and assistance in respect of developments affecting the above-mentioned issues throughout the OSCE region. More specifically, as Associate Gender Officer, you will perform the following duties:
Assisting in identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating specific programmes, projects and activities to promote the increased participation of women in political and public life, in line with the tasks assigned to ODIHR in the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, to foster equality between women and men, and to increase the level of compliance of domestic policies with international instruments for the promotion and protection of women's rights;
Designing and implementing assistance programmes aimed at facilitating implementation and assessment of national strategies and action plans on measures to promote gender equality and gender-mainstreaming;
Analyzing and monitoring public policy, legislation and State practices affecting gender equality, women's human rights and their participation in public affairs and identifying areas where improvements are necessary;
Preparing analytical reports and providing briefings on activities related to women's rights, gender equality and women's participation in political and public affairs;
Contributing to the substantive organization of mandated OSCE human dimension meetings on issues of gender equality and participation in public affairs;
Working with other ODIHR units and departments, the OSCE Secretariat Gender Section, as well as gender focal points in the OSCE field operations and, when requested, providing expertise and advice;
Representing ODIHR at international conferences and meetings on women's participation and gender equality issues.
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: https://www.osce.org/odihr
First-level university degree in law, international affairs, sociology, social or political sciences, public administration or another related field;
A minimum of four years of professional experience in government, an international organization or an NGO;
Proven experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities that support gender equality and promote equal participation of women and men in public affairs; demonstrated experience in project management;
Good understanding of the international environment in which gender related activities are being discussed, promoted and implemented as well as a good knowledge of the functioning of international institutions and bodies entrusted with the task of promoting and overseeing the implementation of gender-related treaties, conventions and other instruments;
Political intuition and tact; organizational, networking and good analytical and drafting skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
Ability to work under minimum supervision; experience in working as part of a team is highly desirable;
Professional fluency in English with good drafting skills; working knowledge of Russian would be an asset;
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.
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, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately 4,170 EUR. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme; current approximate deduction for a staff member is 44 Euro. Appointments for short term assignments are always 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.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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