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Director (Human Rights and Communities Department)


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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
Senior management
Number of posts
Duty station
Prishtine / Pristina
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 relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Experience with an international organization field mission in the fields of human rights and communities participation and protection
  • Experience in strategic planning, programme management and with administration and budget procedures
  • Proven significant management experience
  • Proven political sensitivity and acumen
  • Strong advocacy, organizational and managerial skills
  • Proven and demonstrated team spirit and highly evolved co-operation and communication and mediation skills both vertically (equally with supervisors and staff) and horizontally with colleagues and counterparts
  • Willingness and flexibility to work together towards a common goal
  • Strong analytical, problem and conflict solving skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and emails
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity


  • Advanced university degree in a related field, such as law, human rights, government, etc.
  • Education in or experience with the continental European legal system
  • Understanding of the political and socio-economic situation in Kosovo or its regional context
  • Knowledge of the local languages or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department is responsible for the overall management of the Department. The incumbent is further responsible for all departmental administrative matters (incl. budgeting, human resources management, etc.), and co-ordinating the Department's monitoring, capacity- and institution building programmes. In addition, the Director is responsible for identifying and implementing the human rights and communities mandate of the Mission, for developing, with the Senior Staff, policy of the Mission in these areas; and for the overall co-ordination and communication with other international and local stakeholders in these areas.

Under the programmatic and administrative supervision of the Head of Mission and the Deputy Head of Mission, the Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department:

  1. Develops and prioritizes tasks for the Human Rights and Communities Department Sections, in co-operation with the departmental senior staff;
  2. Advises the Head of Mission, Deputy Head of Mission and other officials on matters concerning human rights and communities;
  3. Supervises all human rights and communities' programmes, project and reporting of the Department;
  4. Develops mechanisms to implement the Department's mandate;
  5. Assumes responsibility for human rights and communities' analysis of legislation and executive actions to ensure compliance with international human rights standards, respect for democracy and the rule of law;
  6. Works and liaises with all Directors to help ensure Mission synergy and coherence of all Mission programmes;
  7. Co-ordinates with the Mission Spokesperson on public relations aspects of Departmental policies, programmes and projects;
  8. Liaises with relevant local and international institutions, agencies and organizations on matters concerning human rights and communities;
  9. Oversees the Department's support to the OSCE-founded institutions;
  10. Directly supervises 3 staff and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of staffing and administration for the Department;
  11. Supervises internal training programmes and seminars;
  12. Other duties as required.

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.



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