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Human Rights Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Functional level
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 political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:  


  • Minimum two years of relevant, professional experience in the areas of law, human rights, minority and/or gender issues
  • Working knowledge of European and International human rights conventions and their practical implementation
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Human Rights Officer protects and promotes human rights and the rule of law in his/her geographic area of responsibility (AOR). The incumbent works in an OSCE Field Office and covers between five and ten municipalities. The Human Rights Officer actively monitors, investigates and reports on the human rights situation, with a focus on fair and equal access to essential services, which include social protection, social housing and access to health care.

The Human Rights Officer performs the following duties:  

  1. Monitors systematic human rights concerns, especially in the areas of economic and social rights, minority rights and human trafficking;
  2. Identifies structural issues and intervenes with the national authorities and advocates with the public authorities to create policies and legislation that would enhance the economic and social development in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a manner compliant with the international standards;
  3. Analyzes legislation, policies and practice to ensure domestic compliance with international human rights law and standards;
  4. Identifies gaps between international human rights standards and domestic law and practice;
  5. Undertakes specific research and collects data to determine the extent to which a right is complied in relation to the international human rights standard and to identify the most important obstacle to its compliance;
  6. Monitors and promotes the rights of national minorities, with a particular focus on Roma, as well as supports and promotes activities aimed at helping to prevent and combat human trafficking;
  7. Produces reliable, regular and focused reports on the human rights situation and trends in the AOR;
  8. Provides recommendations on the improvement of administrative or judicial procedures;
  9. Advises relevant public authorities and government officials on the implementation of international human rights standards;
  10. Co-ordinates activities with other departments of the Mission located in the Field Office as well as with other international and national human rights organizations throughout the AOR;
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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