Skip to main content


Human Rights Officer


You can not apply to this vacancy anymore.
Sorry, the application deadline for this vacancy has expired.

Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Number of posts
Duty station
Warsaw, Poland
Date of issue

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.

In accordance with the mandate of ODIHR the Human Rights Department (HRD), comprising 17 staff members, is assisting participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. The programme of work includes monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise and technical assistance to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments, with a particular focus that includes but is not limited to: human rights monitoring, human rights education and capacity building; enhancing the protection of human rights while countering terrorism; promoting respect for human rights and gender mainstreaming in the security sector, and emphasizing human rights aspects of combating trafficking in human beings. 

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Rights Department the incumbent will be tasked with:

  • Monitoring, including field monitoring, and analyzing implementation of OSCE Human Dimension commitments in relation to human rights and fundamental freedom; this includes analysis of national legislation and policies with a view to identifying key areas of concern;  providing advice and recommendations, and preparing general and issue-specific reports and/or other background material on incidents, priority issues and situations for ODIHR management;
  • Identifying, developing, implementing and delivering programmatic activities and projects in key human rights areas related to the security sector of concern for/with non-governmental organizations, governmental authorities, national human rights institutions and OSCE staff and missions;
  • Building alliances and networks with independent experts, international and national governmental and non-governmental actors to develop regional collaboration and sharing of best practice, exchange information, coordinate activities and implement common programs;
  • Responding to requests to the ODIHR for information about implementation of OSCE Human Dimension commitments in relation to human rights and fundamental freedoms in key areas of concern.  This especially relates to key areas of concern in the security sector, including law enforcement and armed forces;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

  • University degree in law, political science, international relations, or social sciences, specialization in human rights;
  • At least four years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights including experience at the international level in an advisory function;
  • Significant experience working in or with the security sector is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Experience in designing and implementing projects;
  • In-depth knowledge of human rights monitoring and reporting methodology and practice;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, even at short notice;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian and other OSCE languages desirable;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

How to Apply

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.



You can not apply to this vacancy anymore.
Sorry, the application deadline for this vacancy has expired.