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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
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
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:


  • University degree in law, political science, international relations or human rights related field
  • Proven work experience in the areas of human rights monitoring, minority and/or gender issues
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights standards
  • Comprehensive knowledge of European and international human rights law, human rights principles, OSCE Human Dimension commitments and a wide range of related concepts/issues, including protection of civilians, humanitarian action and gender mainstreaming
  • Proven experience in working in a demanding and constantly changing operational environment
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to address complex and/or sensitive issues
  • Experience in 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 excellent drafting skills
  • Good communication skills, including the capacity convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion for different audiences
  • 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
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines and under minimum supervision
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and email


  • Working knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian language(s)
  • Experience in working on human rights, minorities and/or gender issues in all phases of the conflict cycle and/or transitional justice and reconciliation
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Human Dimension Unit and overall guidance of the Head of Human Dimension Unit, the Human Rights Officer:

  1. Collects, researches, documents and analyses information pertaining to assigned human rights issues;
  2. Provides input and advice on human rights issues as relevant to the mission's work in the country;
  3. Prepares briefing, talking points, analytical documents, background information documents and contributes to the draft of various documents and reports on human rights issues;
  4. Participates in the development of operational guidance and data collection tools to support the appropriate implementation of human rights monitoring throughout the country;
  5. Co-ordinates with other relevant Mission components, both at the Headquuarter and field Monitoring Teams level to ensure appropriate integration of human rights monitoring activities into planning and operational processes;
  6. Provides guidance and assistance to the teams activities as requested;
  7. Organizes and develops internal capacity building activities on human rights monitoring, particularly on assigned thematic priorities;
  8. Contributes to the integration of gender mainstreaming into all monitoring and reporting activities;
  9. Keeps abreast of developments in the assigned thematic responsibilities;
  10. Establishes and maintains contacts with national authorities, international organizations, civil society and other OSCE institutions and offices, particularly the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and others, as required;
  11. Performs other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

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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