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Legal Adviser, Anti-Discrimination


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
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 law or international human rights
  • 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 desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Sound knowledge of international standards regarding discrimination and how they interact with Bosnian and Herzegovina legislation;
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments;
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues;
  • Experience of building contacts and working effectively with a wide range of government officials, civil society advocates and organizations;
  • Sound knowledge of international human rights standards;
  • Demonstrable negotiation skills;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the political environment in which the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina operates;
  • Ability and readiness to work in a stressful environment, ability to work under time constraints;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Knowledge of the political and legal framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conflict and its consequences.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Human Rights, the Legal Adviser, Anti-Discrimination is responsible for implementing key aspects of the Human Dimension Department's work in identifying endemic discrimination against vulnerable groups throughout the country. The incumbent focuses on co-ordinating intervention strategies with human rights officers in the field and in head office, and in maintaining close and effective contact with relevant State and entity-level bodies. Specific duties include:

  • Reviewing policies and plans related to discrimination against vulnerable groups in order to identify gaps or overlaps and devise effective strategies;
  • Analysing  information provided by field officers through regular reports and field surveys, co-operating with the Human Rights Adviser, Social and Economic Rights to devise concrete recommendations, and working closely with field officers to translate these recommendations into effective intervention strategies at local level;
  • Advising field officers on how to evaluate the impact of their local interventions, drawing field evaluations together and ensuring that examples of good practice are communicated throughout the field;
  • Developing contacts with State-level institutions responsible for protecting economic and social rights and maintaining these relationships to ensure that human rights standards are mainstreamed into the work of these institutions;
  • Working closely with the Human Rights Officers and National Programme Officers, Human Rights in the field to keep track of policy developments at entity, cantonal and municipal levels, assessing the impact of these developments on overall policy, and advising on appropriate strategies to address any issues that arise;
  • Working with other international actors to co-ordinate strategies to improve respect for the rights of vulnerable groups;
  • Working with civil society to develop effective advocacy strategies that coalesce with the priorities and implementation strategies of the Human Dimension Programme;
  • Drafting or contributing to the drafting of key reports addressing aspects of discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Representing the Mission in meetings at State level, and with international actors;
  • Performing any other duties as required.

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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