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Legal Adviser, Major Crimes 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
Rule of Law
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 significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced degree in law or related field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements


  • Sound knowledge of international criminal law, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the application of these in domestic legal systems
  • Experience in practicing international or domestic criminal law
  • Experience in programme planning and management
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • 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
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Rule of Law of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Legal Adviser, Major Crimes 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 will be on war crimes and hate crimes, as well as trafficking in human beings and other highly sensitive cases. The Legal Adviser, Major Crimes and Legal Reform:

  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 as they relate to war crimes and hate crimes;
  2. Provides advice and assistance to members of the judiciary throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas of war crimes and hate crimes processing;
  3. Provides advice to the Head of Rule of Law Section, Management of the Department and the field staff on criminal law, 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 Rule of Law Section, reviews legislation to identify provisions which conflict with international 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, and transitional justice meetings with other international organizations, 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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