OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
5 December 2017
Deadline for application
8 January 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. 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. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with 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.
The objective of the Migration/Freedom of Movement Unit is to assist OSCE participating States in meeting their international commitments in the field of migration, freedom of movement and choice of place of residence, treatment of migrant workers and citizens of other participating States. As part of the Unit’s freedom of movement and human contacts portfolio, ODIHR offers expertise to participating States, upon request, for the development and reform of legal and regulatory frameworks relevant to migration, migrant rights and migrant integration. ODIHR also offers participating States capacity building for government officials and other stakeholders, undertaking assessments on specific issues or aspects of migration, and identifying and promoting exchange of good practices and experience on key topics relevant to migration.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of Deputy Head, Democratization Department, the Migration/Freedom of Movement Adviser will perform the following functions:
Developing and implementing the migration programme of the Democratization Department, including monitoring and evaluating migration projects and activities in the field of migration;
Drafting project reports for partner organizations and donor institutions;
Monitoring and analyzing public policy, legislation and practices in OSCE participating States related to migration;
Preparing input for and following up on OSCE Human Dimension meetings and other ODIHR meetings on issues related to migration;
Providing input with recommendations on policy action to analytical reports, briefings and compiling background information on migration issues and Department programmatic activities;
Drafting and conducting necessary research for programme and project proposals related to the migration portfolio;
Developing and maintaining a network of contacts with partner organizations and experts and serving as the ODIHR Democratization Department contact point for requests regarding the implementation of commitments on migration;
Attending international conferences and co-ordinating meetings of international organizations and other events on issues related to the portfolio;
Performing other related duties as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see http://www.osce.org/odihr
First-level university degree in political science, international relations, law, human rights law, public policy or related field;
Academic qualifications in migration or refugee studies are desirable;
At least six years (full-time equivalent) of relevant professional experience in a government, international organization or NGO, including at least three years (full-time equivalent) on migration related issues, ideally in a country in transition to democracy;
Demonstrated experience in programme development and project management;
Excellent analytical, drafting and research skills;
Knowledge and/or work experience in a field operation of an international organization, including the OSCE is an asset. Knowledge and work experience in the regions of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia is desirable;
Ability to work independently or under minimal supervision;
Political intuition, cultural sensitivity, strong organizational and analytical skills;
Strong presentation and written communication skills and ability to interact effectively with high-level officials on migration/human dimension issues;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Professional fluency in the English language, with excellent oral and written skills; working knowledge of Russian is desirable; working knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset.
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 is approximately EUR 5,000, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. 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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