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Legal Adviser, War Crimes and Rule of Law


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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:

Education:   Advanced university degree in a relevant field

Experience:   A minimum of six years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:   Mandatory:

  • University degree in law, human rights, or related field; advanced degree in human rights or international humanitarian law preferred;
  • Experience in programme planning and management;
  • Knowledge of legal issues related to war crime trials and the Bosnia and Herzegovina justice system;
  • Extensive knowledge of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conflict and its consequences;
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written;
  • 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, and ability to work under time constraints;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amount of information;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head of Rule of Law, Human Dimension Department, the Legal Adviser, War Crimes and Rule of Law will be responsible for providing targeted advice to the Department on issues concerning legal reform needs of the criminal justice system, particularly with regard to the ability of the court system to process war crimes cases and other highly sensitive cases effectively, efficiently and according to international human rights standards. Specific duties include:

  1. Develops the Department's portfolio relating to the processing of war crimes and other highly sensitive cases, as well as the legal reform needs of the criminal justice system; works with interlocutors within the judiciary and prosecutors¿ offices, and provides support to reform processes undertaken in that regard;
  2. Together with the Legal Adviser for War Crimes and Transitional Justice, co-ordinates the work of the Rule of Law Monitoring Assistants and the National Trial Monitoring Officer assigned to the State Court for the monitoring of war crimes and other highly sensitive cases;
  3. Develops, implements and co-ordinates activities in the field designed to support those areas where the Mission can support the implementation of strategic reforms at the local level;
  4. Directs and co-ordinates the Rule of Law Monitoring Assistants in Field Offices with regard to monitoring of war crimes at the entity level;
  5. Establishes and develops contacts within civil society related to outreach; develops the outreach component of the Department's strategic plan in co-operation with management;
  6. Develops strategic partnerships within the Bosnia and Herzegovina legal community to ensure open avenues for advocacy and information-gathering;
  7. Performs other related 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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