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Head of Rule of Law


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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:

  • 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:


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:


  • Advanced university degree in law or international human rights
  • Minimum of six years (including at least three years at the management level relevant to the actual post) of experience in managing or implementing human rights or justice-based programmes in post-conflict, transitional, or developing countries
  • Experience in justice sector programme development and political analysis, including the production of reports, verbal and written briefings
  • Detailed understanding of both the justice sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular its institutions and bodies (at all levels of government), and the overall political situation
  • Understanding of the work of the Mission in the area of human dimension
  • Supervisory experience
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information
  • 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
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email


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

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department, the incumbent is the principal staff member responsible for the day to day management of the Rule of Law Project of the Human Dimension programme.  S/he is also responsible for providing advice to the Deputy Director on matters related to programme design and implementation planning and evaluation.

The Head of Rule of Law supervises the programmatic personnel within the Section so that their activities and projects are incorporated into the work of the field-based trial monitoring program of the Human Dimension Department, supporting the monitoring of the justice sector, particularly in the management of criminal justice institutions, trial proceedings, and the protection of the rights of vulnerable persons. The incumbent interacts closely with the other thematic Heads of Sections to ensure that cross-cutting issues are jointly identified and supported through the activities and analysis of the unit. Implementation planning and evaluation is done through regular communication with the Director and Deputy Director, field-based National Legal Officers, and the Heads of Field Office to ensure that strategies for pursuing targeted and meaningful reform are identified and acted upon in a timely manner. Specifically, the Head of Rule of Law:

  1. Manages a project 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 co-ordinates 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 project's budget and human resources planning;
  6. Together with the other Heads of Sections, assists the Director and Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department (HDD) with programme development and strategy formulation through the identification of lessons learnt, current trends, achievements, problems and future plans;
  7. Co-ordinates with international and domestic organizations active in the field of justice sector reform 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 the Director and Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department, as well as other Heads of Section to identify cross-cutting synergies among areas of HDD work;
  10. Supervises a team of twelve Mission members;
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

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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