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Head of Rule of Law Unit


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku (closed)
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:


  • Minimum six years of progressively responsible and diversified professional experience as an adviser in the field of the rule of law, or as a practitioner lawyer, prosecutor or judge at the international level, preferably in a developing and/or post-conflict setting
  • Knowledge of judicial, legal and correctional system issues, including knowledge of criminal law and international human rights standards, at the technical and strategic levels
  • Demonstrated experience for a minimum of three years in managing an office, unit or staff, including recruitment, personnel and budgetary matters
  • Experience in project management, preferably in line with performance-based programme budgeting
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of project documents, legal opinions, reports, and policy notes
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise, co-ordinate and establish partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including State, non State actors, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Professional fluency in English, including the ability in reviewing and editing documents to ensure compliance with the OSCE required high quality standards
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • 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


  • Knowledge of the regional political situation, including on issues related to the rule of law in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
  • Knowledge of Azerbaijani, Russian or Turkish languages
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Office and overall direction of the Head of Office, the Head of Rule of Law Unit:

  1. Is responsible for the management of the Rule of Law Unit, including annual strategic planning and budgeting, programming and administration as well as leading and overseeing the work of around seven national and international staff;
  2. Develops, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including State and non-State actors, strategies for addressing shortcomings in the judicial, legal and correctional systems, to ensure compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards;
  3. Oversees the development and implementation of new and ongoing programmes and projects, including trial and detention monitoring and capacity-building activities for legal professionals and civil society across the country;
  4. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with representatives of the government, including the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other Institutions, including the Ombudsman and the Bar Association;
  5. Co-operates with the Parliament in order to support the development of legislation in compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards;
  6. Provides legal advice and guidance to the Head of Office and other departments on domestic and international legal matters;
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor and/or Head of Office or his/her designee.

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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