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Legal Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. The ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with the ODIHR's mandate.

The Office's democratization activities include the following thematic areas: rule of law, democratic governance and gender, migration and freedom of movement, and legislative support. The ODIHR implements targeted assistance programmes facilitating and enhancing participating States' compliance with OSCE commitments towards the development of democratic structures.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Legal Officer works within the Legislative Support Unit comprising 6 staff members as part of the Democratization Department, which reviews legislation to assess compliance with international standards, particularly OSCE commitments, upon request. Under the supervision of the Chief, Legislative Support Unit, the successful candidate will perform the following functions:

  • Preparing opinions and comments on questions of conformity of domestic legislation with OSCE commitments and other relevant standards;
  • Responsible for further developing and updating the ODIHR legislative database (, including through the provision of legal analyses and abstracts;
  • Gathering information and conducting research on accountability and transparency in law making; assisting in the preparation and implementation of legislative process assessments in individual OSCE participating States;
  • Monitoring legal reform affecting the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the OSCE region;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in law, including solid knowledge of international human rights law;
  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience in law, some of which at the international level;
  • Knowledge of legislative processes is an asset;
  • Knowledge of computer applications, especially web-site maintenance, HTML language and word processing;
  • Political intuition and tact; organizational and strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision; experience in working as part of a team is highly desirable;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English with particular knowledge of technical legal terminology in use in the field of rule of law and human rights, including strong analytical and drafting skills, is required; knowledge of another OSCE working language is an asset;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

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.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.



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