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Human Rights Officer


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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
Date of issue


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the 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.

Please note that the ODIHR intends to use this recruitment process to, in addition to the advertised post, fill another identical seconded position of Human Rights Officer covered through extra-budgetary (ExB) sources which will soon become vacant.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The 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.

The activities of the ODIHR Human Rights Department are aimed at assisting OSCE participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ODIHR monitors the implementation of human rights commitments and identifies areas where improvements in law, policy or practice could result in better human rights protection. To address identified challenges, the ODIHR offers technical assistance, capacity building and expertise to both state and non state actors in OSCE participating States.


The Human Rights, Gender and Security Programme, in particular, promotes the mainstreaming of human rights and gender in the activities of the security sectors of participating States. It promotes respect for and protection of the human rights of members of the security sector, including the right to be free from gender-based discrimination.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Human Rights Officer, under the general supervision of the Head of the Human Rights Department (HoD) will be responsible for:

  • Advising on, identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating programmatic activities and projects on human rights and gender mainstreaming in the security sector for/with government authorities, OSCE bodies, executive structures and field operations, as well as non-governmental organizations;
  • Identifying opportunities and promoting awareness among participating States, OSCE institutions and field missions of the relevance of gender equality to human rights and security promotion and effective means of integrating a gender perspective in human rights and security promotion;
  • Responding to requests to the ODIHR regarding information about the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments related to human rights and fundamental freedoms in key areas of concern, especially those that relate to the security sector, including law enforcement agencies and armed forces;
  • Building alliances and networks with independent experts, international and national governmental and non-governmental actors, to develop regional collaboration, share best practices, exchange information, co-ordinate activities and implement common programmes;
  • Contributing to the overall work of the Human Rights Department in other areas of human rights, including by following relevant developments across the OSCE area, monitoring human rights, advising the management of the Human Rights Department on actions to be taken, conceptualizing, developing and delivering training curricula, developing and delivering activities in response to requests by participating States, and undertaking other related tasks;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned, such as deploying to human rights monitoring missions as required, including in situations of heightened risk.
Necessary Qualifications
  • First level university degree in social sciences, international relations/political science or other related field required; specialization in human rights preferred;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights, including experience at the international level in an advisory function;
  • Knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights and equality standards, as well as human rights monitoring and reporting methodology and practice;
  • Experience in designing and implementing projects;
  • Experience working in or with the security sector is strongly preferred;
  • In-depth knowledge of women¿s human rights and security-related issues and related relevant mechanisms (e.g. UNSCR1325) and implementation efforts;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; proficiency in other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, is desirable;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a multinational team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Delayed nominations will not be considered.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise 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.


Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see


The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.


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


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.



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