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3 September 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
15 September 2017
As concluded at the ‘OSCE SEE Field Offices meeting on Regional Exchange on Democratic law making’, held in Tirana in October 2015, civil society requires, and should be granted an active role in law and policy making, as this leads to higher transparency and accountability of public institutions, and can help develop effective solutions and better implementation methods, encourages public ownership and increases public commitment to the ultimately adopted legislation. In addition, the Kosovo government in its ‘Regulation (GRK) No.05/2016 on minimum standards for public consultation process’ approved on April 2016, recognizes the importance of public consultations with all interested parties, including civil society organizations, and sets out the required steps that need to be undertaken to ensure that standards for incorporating the views of the public in the process in drafting of legislation and policies are met for “all documents, the process of drafting which requires public consultation” (Art. 2).
Kosovo civil society organizations lack sufficient capacity and experience to undertake consultative and advocacy efforts during law reform processes. This activity foresees hiring an international consultant with expertise in consultative and advocacy efforts during law reform processes, to support these organizations to develop a training tool-kit on the topic (in the English language), providing a detailed analysis of the standards and principles on public consultation and advocacy efforts during law reform processes, and guide civil society on how to engage in such activities.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the project manager from the Law and Justice Section (hereinafter the”Project Manager”), the international experts shall perform the following tasks:
Analyze the relevant legal and policy documents governing legislative drafting in Kosovo
Analyze the relevant legal and policy documents governing the public consultation process during the process of legislative drafting
Consultation meetings with civil society organizations, including those coming from non-majority communities and those dealing with gender issues
Consultation meetings with relevant public institutions, specifically officers in charge of drafting legislation and conducting public consultation processes
Consultation meetings with relevant public institutions in charge of monitoring the implementation of public consultation process
Consultation meetings with representatives from relevant international organizations/embassies/NGOs engaged in the topic
These services from the consultant will be delivered by distance, home-based and in-person, as per set deliverables.
By October 31st develop the first draft of a training tool-kit on the topic (in English language), providing a detailed analysis of the standards and principles of public consultation and providing guidance on advocacy efforts during law reform processes (5 days of home based consultancy)
By November 30th provide the final draft of a training tool-kit on the topic (in English language), providing a detailed analysis of the standards and principles of public consultation and providing guidance on advocacy efforts during law reform processes (5 days of home based consultancy)
By December 31st, will hold one, two-day (one night) training on utilization of the tool-kit for members of civil society, including those coming from non-majority communities and those dealing with gender issues. (5 days of consultancy spent in Kosovo)
The international expert will develop and hold one two-day (one night) training on utilization of the tool-kit for members of civil society, including those coming from non-majority communities and those dealing with gender issues
Attendance list and minutes of the workshop
The tool-kit will be reviewed by Chief of LJS and Activity Manager
Advanced university degree in law, human rights or related field or an undergraduate degree in law or a related field and significant experience (i.e. over 8 years) or license to practice to law, in lieu of an advanced degree
Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience
Professional experience in a multi-cultural setting
Excellent training and communication skills
Experience working in or with civil society on advocacy efforts
Experience in legislative processes and consultative processes specifically
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
Fluency and strong legal drafting skills in English
Knowledge of the legal framework and previous working experience in Kosovo or the region is desirable.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
How To Apply
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under http://www.osce.org/employment/43284. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered.Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline applicationform found under http://www.osce.org/employment/43284 and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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