OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
23 January 2018
Deadline for application
13 February 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. 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. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the general guidance of the Deputy Head, Elections Department, the incumbent performs the following functions:
Acting as a desk officer for a portfolio of countries, planning, deploying and co-ordinating Election Observation Missions, Election Assessment Missions and Election Support Teams;
Planning, participating and/or leading Needs Assessment Missions;
Assisting in the revision of methodology, policy guidelines and procedures governing election observation;
Planning and implementing technical assistance projects;
Attending conferences and providing briefings on the activities of the Elections Department as well as on election observation;
Performing other duties as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: http://www.osce.org/odihr.
First level University degree in political science, public administration, international relations, law or a related field is required;
At least six years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including research activity in related fields and/or experience at an international level;
Excellent election related expertise and good knowledge of the international and regional standards for democratic elections;
Political intuition and organizational skills;
Ability to analyse and identify shortcomings in the electoral law of participating States and propose solutions;
Ability to work under minimum supervision;
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian and other OSCE languages is desirable;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Willingness to travel often, on short notice and to distant areas.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 5,100 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Cigna International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
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.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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