Since 1997, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has been assisting OSCE participating States in implementing their commitments on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB). More specifically, ODIHR has been seeking to advance the right to FoRB for all by assisting participating States (including non-state actors) to implement OSCE commitments and other international standards pertaining to FoRB.
ODIHR takes this work forward through (1) monitoring of developments and trends pertaining to FoRB in the OSCE region; (2) capacity building for State and non-State actors; (3) legislative opinions and reviews; and 4) developing and promoting guidelines on thematic issues such as registration and legal personality of religious or belief communities. In its work, ODIHR is assisted by the Panel of Experts on FoRB, whose expertise is made available to participating States, OSCE field operations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and religious or belief communities. To this end, ODIHR convenes various meetings to facilitate discussions among stakeholders on advancing FoRB in the OSCE region, and contributes to the evolving discourse on FoRB and related issues through its participation in conferences, seminars and other meetings at international and national levels.
The OSCE Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is looking for an experienced human rights consultant with specific expertise in freedom of religion or belief to assist in conducting an independent evaluation of the OSCE’s work in this area. The evaluation will be carried out between April and August 2018.
The overall purpose of this evaluation is to acquire knowledge and draw lessons about the relevance and results of ODIHR’s work in FoRB, and to inform its future efforts in this area.
|Tasks and Responsibilities|
*Work location: Planning, desk research, evaluation report writing home-based; On-site work at 2 OSCE field locations, tentatively: Kazakhstan and Ukraine; One visit to (ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland.
The evaluation will be managed by the OIO, and conducted by OIO staff with the assistance of the external consultant. Working in close collaboration with the OIO, the consultant will be responsible for parts of the data collection and analysis/analysis of interviews, field reporting, and for the provision of technical inputs regarding the thematic aspect of human rights and issues pertaining to FoRB, as well as for overall quality assurance.
OIO will also participate in the data collection and analysis, and have main responsibility for the final report.
The assignment is anticipated to entail the following steps. Several deliverables are expected from the consultant:
Several deliverables are expected from the consultant. These are listed below. The consultant is also expected to provide OIO with all relevant working papers, background information, interview protocols and other relevant documentation collected or produced during the evaluation exercise.
The following tentative timelines apply. They will be updated during the inception phase:
Desk review: April / May 2018
Collect, analyse and synthesize data: May 2018
Visits to OSCE field operations and delivery of field operation reports: May/June 2018
Selected evaluation report chapters and quality assurance of the overall draft report: June 2018
Debriefing workshop with ODIHR staff in Warsaw: June 2018
Review and comments on the draft final evaluation report: July/August 2018
Interested candidates with the above experience/competencies are encouraged to apply by submitting the following documents: Motivation Letter (maximum 2 pages), OSCE Application Form, Curriculum Vitae (maximum 7 pages), names and contact details of at least two referees and at least two samples of previous work similar to this assignment (Human Rights/FoRB - for example research reports or publications).
|Remuneration will be based upon deliverables and will depend on the selected consultant's qualifications and experience and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.|
|How To Apply|
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.