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Associate Programme Officer, Roma and Sinti Issues


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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 issue

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. The 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.

The OSCE/ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) has been established by the OSCE participating States in 1994 to act as a clearing house and sharing good policies and experiences in improving the situation of Roma and Sinti. The CPRSI's core activities are guided by the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti  and the three subsequent Ministerial Council Decisions focusing on the overall improvement of the situation of Roma and Sinti, addressing their needs in crises and post-crises situations, enhancing their access to equal and quality education, combating the rise of violent manifestations against them and empowering their active participation in public and political life, in particular of Roma and Sinti women and youth. The ODIHR CPRSI work is based on the principle of non-discrimination and on direct involvement of Roma and Sinti in addressing areas of their concern. The ODIHR CPRSI core functions are to assist the OSCE participating States in policy development and implementation, to monitor and report about progress and challenges in this area and to build capacity of national authorities and the Roma and Sinti civil society. The ODIHR CPRSI fulfills its tasks in close collaboration and co-ordination with OSCE institutions and field operations, the international community, national agencies and the civil society.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Chief of the CPRSI, the Associate Programme Officer, Roma and Sinti Issues will monitor the overall human rights situation of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE area, identify emerging trends and challenges and advise on issues relating to policy development, implementation and evaluation addressing Roma and Sinti with a gender mainstreaming approach. More specifically, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Monitoring and analysing the human rights situation of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE area, identifying emerging challenges and trends and particular situations that have the potential for tensions or crises situations and proposing ODIHR response where immediate action is required;
  • Providing advice and expertise on development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects implemented by national and local authorities addressing Roma and Sinti; analysing and monitoring the impact of new legislation and policies and its effects on Roma and Sinti and identifying good policy models fostering integration and non-discrimination;
  • 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; preparing briefing papers and analysis on specific issues/developments with regard to Roma and Sinti and policies addressing them; reporting to the ODIHR management and, including on the implementation of specific ODIHR activities, programmes and projects;
  • Developing and implementing UB and ExB funded programmes and activities assisting the OSCE participating States in implementing the OSCE commitments on Roma and Sinti, addressing specific needs identified by the ODIHR CPRSI in line with its mandate on Roma and Sinti and for building capacity of the national and local authorities and Roma and Sinti civil society;
  • Co-ordinating ODIHR CPRSI activities, programmes and projects internally with ODIHR departments, relevant OSCE institutions and field operations and externally with the international community (e.g. UN, CoE, EU), national authorities, intergovernmental organizations and civil society sector active in the field of Roma and Sinti issues;
  • Representing the ODIHR CPRSI at international conferences and meetings hosted by national and local authorities addressing Roma and Sinti Issues; developing and maintaining relations with the Roma and Sinti civil society sector in the OSCE region;
  • Performing other related duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • First level university degree in law, political science, sociology or social science, public administration, international relations of other related field;
  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience at both national and international levels in human rights, public policy, Roma and Sinti issues or a related field (either within a governmental sector, international organization and/or an NGO);
  • Proven experience in human and minority rights, particularly involving Roma and Sinti or other vulnerable groups; familiarity with national, regional and international policies and initiatives addressing Roma and Sinti issues;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities addressing the situation of the Roma and Sinti with a gender mainstreaming and/or diversity management approach;
  • Experience in monitoring human rights and/or relevant field experience in human rights and Roma and Sinti issues;
  • Solid understanding of the international environment and functioning of international human rights institutions and bodies, as well as their work on Roma and Sinti issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Romani, Russian and/or other OSCE language would be an asset;
  • Computer literate and practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • 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.

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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