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Legal Adviser, War Crimes and Transitional Justice


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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 a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • University degree in law; advanced degree in law, human rights or international humanitarian law preferred;
  • Minimum 6 years of related work experience, preferably with experience from OSCE or other international organizations;
  • Sound knowledge of legal issues related to war crime trials and the Bosnia and Herzegovina justice system;
  • Training experience, preferably matters relating to war crimes;
  • Experience in programme planning and management;
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills;
  • 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 to operate windows applications, including word processing and email;
  • Ability and readiness to work in a stressful environment, and under time constraints;


  • Experience of working with the OSCE or other international organizations desired;
  • Broad knowledge of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conflict and its consequences desired.
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Legal Adviser - War Crimes and Transitional Justice is responsible for developing the Department¿s work on transitional justice issues. The Legal Adviser -War Crimes and Transitional Justice identifies issues related to the efficient and effective resolution of war crimes cases in the domestic criminal justice system and advocates for solutions through adjustments to the institutional, legal and policy framework. The Legal Adviser is responsible for defining the range of issues and advocacy opportunities upon which the Human Dimension Department can engage effectively to promote reform and ensure that concepts such as outreach and transparency develop within the Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) criminal justice system. Within the scope of war crimes trials and processes that impact on transitional justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the incumbent will work closely with Rule of Law Legal Advisers to assess where reform is needed and how existing reform processes can be aided and expanded to better care for the needs of victims, witnesses and the general public. The incumbent will also work closely with field staff to collect contextual information about the importance of individual war crimes cases to local communities. The Legal Adviser is based in Head Office and reports directly to the Head of Rule of Law. Specific duties include:

  1. Identifies and advocates for necessary improvements to the institutional, legal and policy framework applicable to war crimes proceedings through research, analysis, drafting of policy documents, submissions and organisation of activities;
  2. Develops and manages the Departments portfolio relating to transitional justice, including working with interlocutors within the judiciary and prosecutors offices, and provides support to reform processes undertaken in that regard;
  3. Analyses information and reports from the field and reports on topics related to the processing of war crimes;
  4. Develops, implements and co-ordinates activities in the field designed to support the implementation of strategic reforms at the local level. This includes providing training to a wide range of audiences on war crimes and transitional justice issues in BiH;
  5. Develops and manages the outreach component of the Department¿s strategic plan;
  6. Provides training and guidance to field staff on matters pertaining to war crimes, transitional justice and outreach;
  7. Supervises the work of four staff members;
  8. Performs any 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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