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Head of Judicial and Legal Reform Section


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
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:


  • Experience in managing or implementing human rights-based programmes in post-conflict, transitional, or developing countries;
  • Experience in human rights programme development and political analysis, including the production of reports, verbal and written briefings;
  • Detailed understanding of both the human rights situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular its institutions and bodies (at all levels of government), and the overall political situation;
  • Detailed understanding of the work of the OSCE Mission in the human dimension;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff;
  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Working knowledge of the local languages a strong advantage.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director (Programmes) of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Head of Judicial and Legal Reform Section is the principal staff member responsible for the day to day management of the Judicial and Legal Reform Section of the Human Dimension programme.  The incumbent is also responsible for providing advice to the Deputy Director (Programmes) on matters related to programme design and implementation planning and evaluation. Specific duties include:


  1. Manages a section dedicated to ensuring that relevant governmental institutions and legislation promote reforms goals aimed at ensuring access to fair trial rights, promotion of judicial outreach, the processing of war crimes cases, and the support of victims and witnesses;
  2. Oversees ongoing legislative review and revisions, as well as monitoring and reporting on effective implementation of the country's human dimension commitments in the field of fair trial rights and the rule of law;
  3. Ensures close contacts with relevant criminal justice institutions, international organizations active in justice sector reform and civil society groups engaged in the involved thematic areas;
  4. Oversees and coordinates the implementation of the capacity building activities and technical assistance provided to assist the courts, prosecutors offices, judicial administration, criminal legislative review experts, prison system, and service providers for vulnerable individuals, and civil society groups promoting outreach and victim and witness support;
  5. Provides support in the development and implementation of the section's budget and human resources planning;
  6. Together with the other Heads of Sections assists the Deputy Director (Programmes), Deputy Director (Operations) and the Head of the Human Dimension Department with the development and strategy formulation through identification of lessons learnt, current trends, achievements, problems and future plans;
  7. Co-ordinates with international and domestic organizations active in the field of human rights and social inclusion at the working level in order to prevent duplication and to ensure that the programme achieves maximum benefit from related initiatives;
  8. Integrates project evaluation and long-term impact assessment practices into all policy and project work;
  9. Works with Deputy Director (Programmes), Deputy Director (Operations) and the Head of the Human Dimension Department, and other Heads of Sections to identify cross-cutting synergies among areas of HDD work;
  10. Performs other duties as required.

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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