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Deputy Head, Legal Affairs


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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
Middle management
Number of posts
Duty station
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 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:


  • Knowledge of International Law
  • Experience drafting and/or reviewing legislation and legal texts
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to take into account various policy implications and identify strategic issues for the Mission
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve sensitive and/or complex issues for the Mission
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and releigious backgrounds and diverse political viewswhile maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Previous experience in an international context
  • Ability to operate Windows including word processing and e-mail


  • Previous experience in the Mission area or in other field missions
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation
  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Legal Affairs, the Deputy Head/Legal Affairs:

  1. Assists the Head of Legal Affairs in directing and supervising the work and personnel of the Office of Legal Affairs and acts as the Head of Legal Affairs, in his/her absence;
  2. Provides legal advice and analysis a) on the interpretation of all areas of the Mission mandate , inter alia, human rights, democratization, media, elections, police and public safety training; b) on issues relating to the functions, structure and activities of the Mission; and c) with respect to the general applicable law in Kosovo;
  3. Assists the Head of Legal Affairs in coordinating and supervising and, as appropriate, undertakes research and studies legal precedents related to the function, structure and activities of the Mission, inter alia the areas set out in the Mission's mandate and constitutional, international, public, private and administrative law; and assists in ensuring consistency of interpretations of legal instruments relevant to the work of the Mission;
  4. Reviews, revises and clears from a legal perspective draft letters, reports, proposals, agreements and other texts prior to approval by the Head of Mission;
  5. Provides legal advice and analysis on questions of international law affecting the status and privileges and immunities of the Mission and its legal relationships with governments and international organizations;
  6. Provides legal advice and interpretation of OSCE Permanent Council Decisions and UN Security Council Resolutions affecting the Mission and its mandate; advises on the interpretation of international agreements, treaties, and conventions affecting the Mission; prepares drafts of correspondence, notes and agreements, as required, relating to the above; and reviews, revises and clears the legal portions of reports as required;
  7. Advises on claims by and against the Mission, customs and tax matters, international transport law, and contracts; assists in reviewing and clearing of and drafts legal documents, including contracts, Memorandum of Understanding, Implementing Partner Agreement, Notes Verbale and correspondence related to proceedings before courts and other bodies in Kosovo;
  8. Drafts documents and advises on matters related to Mission Committees and Boards, including the Fund Material Management Committee and other committees and boards as established;
  9. Performs such other duties as may be 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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