8 October 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
1 November 2020
This vacancy is open only for the applicants with the citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the work of many, not least the work of the judges and prosecutors. Relying on the study produced by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on the global operation of courts and prosecution offices, the OSCE Mission to Serbia plans to produce a more detailed study aimed at assessing the situation in the Republic of Serbia.
The study will seek to elucidate some aspects of the functioning of the courts in the Republic of Serbia during the pandemic and the state of emergency, as well as to provide practical recommendations for the improvement of the functioning of the courts in such circumstances. It will assess all the measures taken by the court administration and the government.
To this end, the Mission is looking for two experts to conduct desk research, focus groups research and interviews with relevant interlocutors (judges, prosecutors, attorneys, administrative staff in courts and prosecution offices), gather relevant statistics and produce an analysis, in co-operation with the relevant staff of the Mission’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Department. Of the two experts, one will focus on the legal framework, and the other will focus on the practical implementation and the collection of relevant statistics.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The two consultants will work under the supervision of National Legal Officer.
The consultant focusing on the legal framework will be responsible for:
Collecting, reviewing and analysing a range of relevant documents regarding the measures taken in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic in Serbia, in particular the documents relating to the introduction of the state of emergency, measures taken by the Government to tackle the pandemic and their effect on the operation of the court system, measures taken by the High Judicial Council and the courts, as well as documents introducing new types of cases.
The consultant focusing on the practical operation of the courts will be responsible for:
Conducting a series of interviews with judges, representatives of the High Judicial Council, administrative staff in the courts, lawyers and representatives of the civil society organisations, in order to gather relevant insight on the functioning of the courts in practice and the obstacles that emerged;
Collecting the relevant statistics from the courts and the High Judicial Council, in particular on how the pandemic affected efficiency of the courts.
Both consultants will additionally be responsible for:
Co-operating with each other, in order to produce a coherent study which will include both the findings on the legal framework and the operation of court system in practice;
Providing joint conclusions and recommendations, which will take into account both aspects (legal and practical).
The analysis, as the final product, should be written in the Serbian language and should comprise at least the following parts:
Overall observations and challenges;
Courts during pandemic (measures taken, health and safety of judges, lawyers, parties, defendants, how were the rights of the parties affected); managing the backlog; prioritisation of the cases;
New types of cases;
Court management (financial implications and adaptations, case allocation, selection of judges, statistics and data collection, training needs);
Conclusions and recommendations.
Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;
University degree in law; advanced university degree would be an asset;
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the field of rule of law;
Previous professional experience in the field of legal analysis, with particular emphasis on the judiciary and the court system;
Excellent knowledge of the Serbian legal system and the functioning of the judiciary;
Strong analytical skills and an ability to gather relevant data from different sources;
Strong writing and drafting skills;
Sensitivity for delicate political situations and an ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy;
Professional fluency in Serbian and English language, both oral and written;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, national and religious backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
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
Each consultant will be employed on a Special Service Agreement covering a total period of 2 months, starting approximately on 1 November 2020, and will be paid a total amount not exceeding RSD 300,000 in total, commensurate to individual qualifications and experience.
How To Apply
Please apply online through this website (https://jobs.osce.org) no later than 8 October 2020. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 October 2020 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, or offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.
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