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Chief of Communities Section


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Functional level
Middle management
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue
General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • University education in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Advanced university degree in law, human rights, political science, international relations or other related fields
  • Extensive knowledge of international human and community rights standards
  • Previous experience in working on community rights issues, with governments, and/or other relevant stakeholders
  • Proven ability to design monitoring programmes for data collection on a variety of thematic issues dealing with community rights
  • Ability to develop strategic programming for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo on community issues
  • Proven management and supervisory experience
  • Project and budget management experience
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
  • Ability to produce analytical reports
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Sound knowledge of the Council on Europe's Framework Convention on National Minorities and, more generally, the international policy and legal framework on community rights
  • Knowledge of the legislative framework in Kosovo related to human rights and community rights
  • Experience in negotiation/mediation
  • Working knowledge of local languages
  • Previous experience in field missions, preferably in South Eastern Europe
  • Knowledge of the political environment of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, including mandate and structure of the international presence in Kosovo
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Department of Human Rights and Communities, the Chief of Communities Section:

  1. Supervises a team of up to seven international and five national staff in the Headquarters (HQ);
  2. Identifies community related issues, analyses their implications and advises on programmatic policies to achieve measured improvement in the performance of Kosovo institutions, including the municipalities, in respect of community policies and community rights;
  3.  Develops strategies to implement recommendations and policy decisions adopted in analytical and policy/advocacy reports;
  4. Co-ordinates the analysis of findings and the proactive monitoring of institutions in Kosovo at all levels, the implementation and effective application of legislation, policies and procedures with respect to community policies and community rights;
  5. Based on the findings of proactive monitoring, proposes the design and development of programmes in the area of community policies and rights;
  6. Supports the implementation of pro-active monitoring and the capacity building programmes through the OSCE HQ units and Field Teams by providing expertise and guidance on issues of community policies and community rights;
  7. Closely co-operates with the other Chief of Sections in the Department and closely co-ordinates activities, through the line manager or directly - as requested - with the Office of Political Affairs and Communication and other relevant staff in the Mission;
  8. Acts as departmental focal point on community policies and community rights in relation to other Mission departments and liaises with relevant international agencies and institutions in Kosovo;
  9. Advises the Deputy Director and the Director of the Department of Human Rights and Communities on community issues;
  10. Develops and supervises the implementation of the community component of the Mission's annual programme and budget;
  11. Ensures the effective flow of information between other relevant actors in non-Albanian communities' rights protection and policy development in the Mission. Serves as a focal point for community rights related issues between the Mission and other relevant actors;
  12. Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the community rights situation in Kosovo and the region;
  13. Facilitates dialogue and negotiated solutions between community representatives and governmental actors;
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.



You can not apply to this vacancy anymore.
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