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Human Rights Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Number of posts
Duty station
Various locations
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:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Proven work experience in the areas of human rights, minority and/or gender issues, civil, criminal or public law
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights standards
  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly in the fields of human rights and democratization
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written, and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, advocacy and mediation/facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity, cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames


  • At least working knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian language
  • Experience of working on human rights, minorities and/or gender issues in all phases of the conflict cycle and/or transitional justice and reconciliation
  • Experience of working in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and knowledge of regional affairs
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments, especially in the field of human dimension
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Human Rights Officer works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU) and in close co-operation and consultation with the Human Rights Adviser, Minority Rights Adviser and Gender Advisers:

  1. Compiles and analyses information on a wide range of issues related to human rights/minorities/gender;
  2. Conducts consultative, analytical, advisory and operational tasks towards the implementation of the Mission's mandated tasks in the above-mentioned fields;
  3. Prepares background information documents and material for reports on human rights issues;
  4. Maintains contact with the SMMU field teams and provides assistance to the teams activities as requested;
  5. Maintains and facilitates contacts with governmental institutions, international organizations, NGOs, academia and civil society groups and individuals;
  6. Assists in building the SMMU's capacity to carry out its mandated tasks in the field of human rights/minorities/gender;
  7. Assists relevant staff in liaising with other OSCE institutions and offices, particularly the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, and other offices as required;
  8. Performs other duties as required.

The assignment of the selected candidates will be initially until 31 March 2015, subject to extension.



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

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

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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