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Deputy Chief/Senior Legal Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Prishtine / Pristina
Date of entry on duty
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 law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:




Advanced degree in a relevant field




Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • Knowledge of democratic governmental structures at the local level and/or in development work with local government structures in transitional countries, including international human rights and good governance standards and principles
  • Demonstrated project management and programme development experience
  • Knowledge of capacity building programmes in the field of civil society
  • Management experience in an international context involving multi-cultural staff
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and drafting skills
  • Ability to take into account various policy implications to identify strategic issues for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo in the field of local governance and be able to provide policy advice
  • 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
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email



  • Experience in negotiation/mediation
  • Experience in drafting and/or reviewing legislation
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions preferably in democratisation, local good governance and civil society
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the Mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of Local Governance Section, the Deputy Chief/Senior Legal Officer:


  1. Assists in formulating the Section's policy on issues pertaining to local good governance and rule of law;
  2. Monitors, analyses and reports on a broad range of local good governance issues in Kosovo, and takes an active part in the improvement of local good governance through policy and programmatic advice including legal advice in accordance with international standards;
  3. Supports the Section in the review of policies in the area of local governance for compliance with human rights, rule of law and international good governance standards and principles;
  4. Provides rapid analysis on issues that arise in the Mission's Headquarter and Regional Centres in the field of local governance and follows up with policy advice and recommendations to relevant staff or responsible external stakeholders;
  5. In support of the Chief of Section, develops and implements capacity development programmes for the Local Governance Section and writes reports related to local governance programme activities as necessary;
  6. Develops, manages and implements the Section's Kosovo-wide projects in accordance with programmatic priorities, particularly with respect to inter-municipal co-operation and civil society;
  7. Liaises with external local and international stakeholders in co-ordinating the programmatic activities of the Local Governance Section to achieve human rights, rule of law and good governance objectives;
  8. Informs and advises the Department/Section about the situation of local governance in Kosovo;
  9. Contributes to regular reporting mechanisms and periodical analytical reports of the Department;
  10. Performs any other duties as assigned.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.


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.



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