2 April 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism, and economic and environmental activities. All participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) promotes conflict prevention and integration of diverse societies. HCNM was established to identify and seek early resolution of ethnic tensions that might endanger peace, stability, or friendly relations between OSCE participating States.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Director, the Head of Section/Senior Adviser is responsible for the following duties:
Supervising the work of the HCNM section dealing primarily, but not exclusively, with Western and South Eastern Europe and North America including the implementation of thematic recommendations and policy guidelines of the HCNM;
Establishing country-specific priorities, objectives and strategies for the section, together with the political and legal advisers of his/her team, as well as with project officers;
Serving as the first-level supervisor for Section staff members and reviewing/approving all documents produced by the section;
Supervising staff, including field staff and consultants working in the assigned area of responsibility;
Representing the section as part of the HCNM Management Team;
Advising the High Commissioner on national minority and political issues;
Monitoring political and social developments, and preparing comprehensive analyses, notes and reports for the High Commissioner;
Analyzing information related to national minorities – both country-specific and thematic – and recommending issues to be addressed by the High Commissioner;
Preparing briefing papers, speaking notes, and background information in advance of High Commissioner visits and accompanying the High Commissioner on official visits as principal adviser;
Establishing and maintaining contacts with international organizations, OSCE field operations and institutions with regard to national minority issues;
Representing the HCNM at seminars, conferences, and meetings concerned with political, social, and other issues relating to national minorities;
Performing other related duties as required.
For more detailed information on the work of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, please see https://www.osce.org/hcnm
Second-level university degree in political science, international relations, international law, public administration or other relevant fields; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
Ten to twelve years of progressively responsible professional experience in dealing with minority issues and human rights, international relations, public administration, or other related fields, including at least three to five years at the international level;
Proven experience in management, leading a culturally diverse team, and strategic planning;
Thorough knowledge of international relations, diplomacy, European security issues, international law, and human rights;
Excellent analytical skills;
Professional fluency in English, including excellent drafting skills; knowledge of local languages spoken in the assigned geographical area and/or other OSCE working languages is an asset;
Strong communication skills, resourcefulness, team spirit, and initiative;
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, gender, and political views, while remaining impartial and objective.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 9,131 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in the Netherlands. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
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.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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