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Legal Adviser, Judicial and Legal Reform


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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 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:


  • Advanced degree in law, human rights or related field
  • Sound knowledge of international criminal law, the European Convention on Human Rights, other international human rights instruments related to the justice sector and the application of these in domestic legal systems
  • Experience in practicing international or domestic criminal law
  • Experience in program planning and management
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the conflict and its consequences
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Ability and readiness to work in a stressful environment, ability to work under time constraints


  • Previous professional experience with the OSCE or other international organizations
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Rule of Law Section of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Legal Adviser, Judicial and Legal Reform will be responsible for providing targeted advice to the Department on issues concerning legal reform needs of the criminal justice system, particularly with regards to the ability of the courts system to address major crimes. A particular focus is on hate crimes and includes war crimes, trafficking in human beings and other highly sensitive cases. Specific duties include:

  1. Monitors, analyzes and reports on the state of the criminal justice system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in relation to the Department's justice sector monitoring activities, legal and structural reforms;
  2. Monitors and analyzes the work of the judiciary, prosecutors and defence counsel, the administration of the judicial system, identifying problems indicative of systematic and case-specific weaknesses; develops concrete solutions and recommendations to address identified problems;
  3. Provides advice to the Head of Section, Director of the Department and the field staff on criminal law and human rights issues, especially in relation to justice sector reform;
  4. Ensures the accurate gathering and flow of information, particularly in the spotting of key issues arising within trials, as reported by field monitors;
  5. Contributes to drafting of other documents and submissions on behalf of the HDD;
  6. Follows legislative and policy developments at the national, entity, cantonal and local level that impact on the rights of individuals;
  7. Participates in meetings with local authorities, international agencies, members of the judiciary, defence counsel, and prosecutors;
  8. Works with the other members of the Department to suggest and develop strategies for specific situations where necessary and follows up on rule of law issues;
  9. Together with other programmatic personnel in the Section, reviews legislation to identify provisions which conflict with international human rights standards or gaps in the legislation which prevents the application of the rule of law;
  10. Represents the OSCE at rule of law, justice sector, transitional justice or human rights meetings with other international organisations, government officials, etc;
  11. Performs other duties as required.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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