The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR’s activities are implemented in 57 participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s mandate.
The OSCE has acknowledged the particular problems of Roma and Sinti beginning with the 1990 Copenhagen Document, in the context of the proliferation of racial and ethnic hatred, xenophobia and discrimination. The 2003 Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area is built on the central goal of combating racism and discrimination against the Roma and Sinti, including women and youth, providing a solid mandate and a comprehensive list of recommendations to participating States, OSCE institutions and structures, to implement on a wide scale and help improving the situation of Roma.
ODIHR has embarked on the development of a specific tool that supports OSCE participating States in their efforts to address the security needs of Roma and Sinti, and improve on their legal, policy and political response to anti-Roma and Sinti hate crime. The tool (also referred to as “Practical Guide”) will be a publication. It will assist Roma and Sinti activists, government officials and parliamentarians to be better equipped to address the security needs of Roma and Sinti. The publication “Addressing the Security Needs of Roma and Sinti: A Practical Guide” will be used as a model for intervention by the relevant State and non-state actors.
The publication will be similar in structure with the ODIHR’s already existing publications “Understanding Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish Communities: A Practical Guide” and “Understanding Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes - Addressing the Security Needs of Muslim Communities: A Practical Guide” and become part of this series produced by ODIHR.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the co-ordination of the Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues at the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) and the Project Officer at Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (TND) Department, the consultant hired for this assignment will be tasked with the following:
1. Drafting a Practical Guide, using the outline developed by ODIHR on Addressing the Security Needs of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE region; specific chapters will focus on Racism, Discrimination, hatred and hostility against Roma and Sinti in the OSCE region, Security challenges and responses to the challenges and needs. Specific sub chapters will incorporate data about online and offline hate speech in political discourse, Anti-Roma and Sinti hate crimes, relationship between Roma and Sinti and the police: over-policing and under-protecting, violence against Roma and Sinti women, youth and children, institutional responses and challenges to be addressed;
2. As part of the Practical Guide, the consultant will propose a set of evidence-based recommendations and tools that will support OSCE participating States in their efforts to address the security needs of Roma and Sinti, and improve on their legal, policy and political response to anti-Roma and Sinti hate crime;
3. The consultant will follow the stylistic consistency of other similar guides developed by ODIHR, such as “Understanding Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish Communities: A Practical Guide” and “Understanding Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes - Addressing the Security Needs of Muslim Communities: A Practical Guide”;
4. The consultant will engage with a pool of experts in the framework of an online consultation organized by ODIHR;
5. The consultant will be expected to maintain regular communication with the ODIHR on all matters pertaining to the above tasks;
6. The first draft of the Publication should be delivered in July 2021;
7. The final draft of the Publication should be delivered in November 2021.
8. Integrating a gender and diversity perspective into all tasks and activities;
- Advanced university degree (minimum Master´s degree) in Law, Human Rights, Security Studies, Political Science or other related fields;
- At least 10 years of experience in the area of addressing intolerance against Roma and Sinti;
- At least 10 years of individual experience in the area of international human rights standards, including OSCE commitments;
- At least 5 years of experience on the security needs of Roma and Sinti communities and engaging directly with law enforcement on the issues of hate crime and community security;
- Proven track record of producing high-quality publications in the area of addressing intolerance against Roma and Sinti;
- Familiarity with OSCE/ODIHR and its publications;
- Professional fluency in the English language, with excellent communication skills;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate gender and diversity perspective into tasks and activities;
- Strong drafting and editing skills and ability to work to tight deadlines.
The Consultant should:
- Finalize the Outline of the Practical Guide prepared by ODIHR by May, 2021;
- Participate in Consultation meetings with ODIHR and other experts engaged in the process;
- Prepare Consultative meetings with external CSOs and experts;
- Prepare focus group meetings in case of lack of data/information in particular area;
- Prepare the first draft of the Practical Guide following the structure of the final Outline by July 2021;
- Incorporate feedback of ODIHR and other experts;
- Prepare Final draft of the Practical Guide by November, 2021;
- Participate in the Final event on dissemination of the Practical Guide ;
ODIHR management will review the quality of the submitted deliverables and request any improvements necessary to reach the professional standards required.
The consultant will work from home to perform all tasks indicated above. The meetings and consultations will held be online. Internet or telecommunication costs incurred during the assignment will be covered by the Consultant, who will also use their own computer equipment to prepare the deliverable(s) noted above.
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
The Consultant will be working for a maximum of 33 days in total, in the period of May-December 2021. Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and be in accordance with OSCE established rates.
How To Apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.