NOTE: This is an extra-budgetary project ending on 31 December 2017.
As mandated by the 2003 OSCE Roma and Sinti Action Plan (Chapter VII), ODIHR has been addressing the situation of Roma and related groups in crisis and post-crises situations in particular in the Western Balkans region, which has been affected by ethnic tensions and conflicts in 1990s. As by the OSCE’s Ministerial Council Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (MC.DEC 10/07) and the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti (MC.DEC 3/03 and reinforced by MC Decisions 6/08, 8/09, 4/13), combating discrimination and promoting integration of national minorities in partnership with domestic institutions are key OSCE commitments. Similarly, strengthening the Ombudsman Institution, advocating for and developing anti-discrimination legislation, and supporting Roma communities in BiH have been integral parts of the Mission’s core program and projects.
Currently, there is a lack of young Roma who are able to take leadership positions and promote the utilization of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination (LPD) especially by Roma communities, as according to all parameters Roma communities is at risk to face multiple forms of discrimination. The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the main international actors involved in drafting of the 2009 LPD, as well as of the amendments to the LPD, which were adopted in 2016. The latter strengthened procedural aspects of the LPD and expanded the definition of discrimination and the grounds for the prohibition of discrimination. Identification of potential cases for strategic litigation, i.e. one which is concerned with protecting the interests of larger social groups (rather than individual interests) and changing policies and practices, is of utmost importance. Strategic litigation helps build positive jurisprudence in applying the LPD where such is lacking, especially where the rights of Roma are concerned.
In order to support and build the capacities of young Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in policy making and advocacy for combating discrimination, improving living conditions and expanding access to public services, the Mission seeks to recruit 4 Junior Consultants, who will be placed in the Mission’s Field Offices in Tuzla, Travnik, Brcko and Mostar and will be trained by the Mission advisors on subjects such as general human rights, human rights advocacy and monitoring, and particularly anti-discrimination policies and advocacy. The Junior Consultants will enhance the young Roma’s capacities to support aggrieved Roma community members in accessing existing anti-discrimination mechanisms, as well as advocate for the realization of Roma minority rights.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Project manager and the supervision of the Local Expert Addressing Roma Discrimination the Junior Consultants will:
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
The Junior Consultants will carry out their assignments until 31 December 2017.
Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and will be based on the established OSCE consultancy rates applicable to locally recruited experts/consultants taking in consideration the local salary scale.
How To Apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/ . Please note that offline applications submitted via email, fax, or mail will not be considered.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an engagement with a modified terms of reference or for a different duration.
OSCE acknowledges the fact that international organizations wishing to promote Roma inclusion can and must carry out their work ‘with Roma for Roma by Roma’. Therefore, this programme is primarily oriented towards Roma, Egyptian and Ashkali. Women are encouraged to apply.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.