28 February 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
13 April 2018
The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) promotes conflict prevention and integration of diverse societies. HCNM was established to identify and seek early resolution of ethnic tensions that might endanger peace, stability or friendly relations between OSCE participating States. Among the tools that the High Commissioner uses are recommendations to governments of OSCE participating States regarding the treatment of national minorities. The Legal Adviser supports the work of the High Commissioner as part of a dynamic team of political and legal advisers, project staff and administrators that values diversity.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Head of Section, the Legal Adviser is responsible for:
Advising the High Commissioner on legal aspects regarding the execution of HCNM’s conflict prevention mandate, and on questions relating to the protection and promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and on other issues of international public law;
Researching and drafting memoranda on international best practice in minority protection and country-specific national legislation, including thematic issues such as education, political participation, language rights and integration;
Researching and preparing comprehensive legal analyses, notes, reports and recommendations for the High Commissioner, the Director and Senior Advisers on minority-related international instruments and international case law;
Providing country-specific analyses of legal developments and the promotion and protection of persons belonging to national minorities as assigned;
Preparing and conducting or participating in staff visits, at times on short notice;
Preparing briefs for visits of the High Commissioner;
Establishing and maintaining contacts with other OSCE institutions and missions as well as other international organizations with regard to the legal aspects of minority issues, e.g., relevant bodies of the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the European Union;
Providing legal advice and consulting on minority-related issues when required;
Speaking on behalf of the High Commissioner at conferences and other occasions as assigned, including among representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations;
Drafting speeches for the High Commissioner, Director or Head of Section as assigned;
Providing both in-house and external trainings on relevant human and minority rights issues;
Performing other related duties as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, please see http://www.osce.org/hcnm.
First-level university degree in International Law, Comparative Law and Politics, International Relations or related field; specialization in the international protection of human rights, particularly minority rights;
At least six years of progressively responsible professional experience in dealing with minority issues and human rights, international relations, public administration or other related field, including at least three years at the international level;
Thorough knowledge of international relations, European security issues, international law and human rights;
Excellent analytical skills; ability to work with minimum supervision;
Excellent knowledge of English, including drafting skills; working knowledge of Russian is required;
Good communication skills; resourcefulness; team spirit; initiative;
Ability to work independently but also as part of a team;
Ability to travel regularly, including to remote areas or post-conflict regions;
Demonstrated diversity awareness , and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective.
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
Monthly remuneration amounts to approximately EUR 5,769 per month depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in the Netherlands. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
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.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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