OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
29 January 2019
Deadline for application
26 February 2019
- 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.
ODIHR’s Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) is the focal unit of the OSCE charged specifically with numerous tasks under the framework of the 2003 Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area. The ODIHR Contact Point addresses issues either directly through its programmes and projects or by promoting policy frameworks and assisting participating States aiming to realize objectives of the Action Plan. It seeks to involve and empower Roma and Sinti themselves in all its activities. The CPRSI plays an active role in promoting action and involvement of the OSCE Institutions and Field Operations in realizing objectives of the Action Plan. It performs the role of catalyst for action and initiatives at international level that aim at better synergies and co-operation as regards realizing common objectives. It acts as a clearing house for all related initiatives, projects, reports or studies while increasingly issuing its own analysis and reports. In this regard, it seeks to strengthen relations and co-operation with the civil society and academic institutions involved in research and studies on Roma and Sinti. The report on the Status of Implementation of the Action Plan (2008) sets up a new threshold as regards the CPRSI reporting on implementation of objectives of the Action Plan and analysing emerging trends and challenges regarding Roma and Sinti in OSCE area.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Chief of CPRSI, the Associate Programme Officer, Roma and Sinti Issues shall perform the following functions and duties:
Monitoring and analyzing the human rights situation of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE area, identify emerging challenges and trends and particular situations that have the potential for escalating into tensions or crises situations and propose ODIHR's response where immediate action is required;
Providing advice on all aspects and issues related to the implementation of the Action Plan in the form of reports and analysis, background materials and talking points;
Preparing analytical human rights assessment reports on the situation of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE region and monitoring reports in line with the OSCE/ODIHR mandate;
Contributing to the development and implementation of projects and activities related to the CPRSI's yearly programmatic outline, as well as of tasks of ODIHR CPRSI and the overall objectives of the Action Plan;
Engaging in the implementation of ODIHR CPRSI activities, projects and programmes, internally with ODIHR Departments, with relevant OSCE institutions and field operations, and externally with the other intergovernmental organizations (UN, CoE, EU), national authorities, international organizations and civil society supporting Roma and Sinti inclusion;
Enhancing the role of CPRSI as a clearing house;
Participating and contributing to conferences and meetings hosted by national and local authorities addressing Roma and Sinti Issues and developing and maintaining relations with Roma and Sinti civil society organizations in the OSCE region;
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 Law, Political Sciences, Sociology, Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations or another related field;
At least four years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights, public policy, Roma and Sinti or related field (either in governmental office, international organization or NGO) gained at national and international levels;
Proven experience in human and minority rights, in Roma and Sinti issues or other vulnerable groups, familiarity with national, regional and international policies and initiatives addressing Roma and Sinti;
Demonstrated experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities addressing the situation of Roma and Sinti with a gender mainstreaming and/or diversity management approach;
Experience in monitoring human rights or relevant field experience on human rights and Roma and Sinti issues;
Good understanding of the international environment and functioning of international human rights institutions and bodies and their work on Roma and Sinti issues;
Professional fluency in the English language; working knowledge of Romani, Russian and/or other OSCE languages would be an asset;
Computer literacy with practical experience in Microsoft applications and internet;
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 is approximately EUR 3,935 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 normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment 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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