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Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Serbia
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior 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 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 in legal/judicial reform, criminal justice, human rights, anti-corruption or a related field in an international environment or a field mission
  • Senior strategic management experience in the field of rule of law
  • Familiarity with change management, quality control and audit/review in the field of rule of law
  • Proven relevant experience in reform processes and capacity building of institutions concerning justice and rule of law at the national or international level
  • Operational experience in programme and personnel management, including of professional staff, as well as in administration and budget procedures
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word-processing and e-mail


  • Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Serbia and South-Eastern Europe
  • Knowledge of OSCE structures, institutions and field activities
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), and in accordance with the mandate of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights is responsible for the management of the Mission's rule of law and human rights programme in relation to policy formulation, strategic development, planning and reporting. Specifically, the Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights:

  1. Holds responsibility for the Mission's Rule of Law and Human Rights Department, including its constituent units (Judicial Reform, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, Private Law, and Economic Crime and Anti-corruption) in relation to all aspects of management, programming, staffing and administration;
  2. Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of relevant strategies, policies and methodologies, oversees annual and strategic planning, including all budgetary and extra-budgetary programmes and projects;
  3. Provides advice and assistance to the Serbian Ministry of Justice and other institutions, including the judiciary, prosecutors and bar associations, and ensures a sustainable approach to the rule of law process;
  4. Acts as the representative of the HoM and DHoM for contacts with senior government officials, representatives of international organizations, diplomatic community and civil society on all matters falling under the competencies of the Department;
  5. Reviews the Department's capacity, recommends appropriate modifications to achieve sustainable rule of law reform, and adjusts/streamlines the Department's priorities, activities and staffing accordingly;
  6. Identifies risks in all areas falling under the Department's competencies and develops mitigating measures and early warning mechanisms;
  7. Overseas and clears relevant reporting, publications and public outreach initiatives;
  8. Supervises the chiefs of units and acts as the second-level supervisor for other staff in the Department;
  9. Represents the Department, delivers speeches, attends conferences and gives presentations;
  10. Liaises with the OSCE Institutions and Secretariat specialized offices/units on all matters of relevance for the Department;
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.


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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