NOTE: This is a consultancy assignment (5 working days).
The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to play a vital role in strengthening the country’s ability to foster a sustainable and stable security environment, to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina’s governance, and to encourage its consolidation as a democratic society. The Mission supports political and education reform and works to promote and protect human rights of all citizens of BiH.
On 8th April 1971, fifty year ago, the First World Romani Congress was held on the outskirts of London, England. Organised by members of the Gypsy Council and the Comité International Rom, the meeting and its associated open-air music festival would mark a high point in the history of Roma people. The delegates to this congress represented Gypsy, Roma communities from across Europe. It was an event that was marked by the adoption of a political programme for emancipation and equality, mobilised through Roma organisations, in addition to a unifying flag (blue, green and the red wheel) and anthem (the song, ‘Gelem, Gelem’). Established in 1971, the International Roma Day recognizes the values of this unique and diverse community which, while culturally and historically rich, faces enormous socio-economic and political challenges. Today, the OSCE Mission reiterates the importance of Roma culture and identity as well as the authorities’ obligation to protect and fulfil the rights of Roma as a national minority in BiH. Through these events as well as social and media campaigns, the Mission will strive to enhance knowledge of the general public about the position of Roma and other national minorities in society.
In the uncertainty of the times ahead, Roma community faces greater pressures on lifestyle, movement, culture and even continued existence, than ever before. Given the severity of this issue, the Mission will support the Roma Women Network “Success” to conduct a research and make television reportage in order to determine how this largest national minority of Bosnia and Herzegovina is living now, fifty years after the First World Romani Congress. This research as well as reportage will also focus on Roma history, culture, language and aspirations, which remain largely unknown in BiH, even though they are key to mutual understanding and can contribute to closing the gap between communities. So far, no such research and reportage has been conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina hence it will assist with future projects tackling these issues. On the other hand, this research and reportage would provide a thorough insight into current state of human rights in the context of commemorating 50 years since the First
World Romani Congress and what has been accomplished in terms of their status in general.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Deliverables and performance indicators:
Should you be selected for the position, you will identify the issues of concern and conduct a research with relevant conclusions. You will also prepare a television reportage commemorating the event of the First World Romani Congress in BiH. The Mission will use this for its advocacy efforts to contribute to promotion of human rights of national minorities, primarily the Roma residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the research and making a reportage, you will collect the statements of the various speakers and also compile all the relevant information showing how the Romani community in Bosnia and Herzegovina has evolved over the last 50 years and what type of obstacles and setbacks they were facing during that process. In preparing the research and reportage, you will analyse relevant material regarding Roma community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as within the media portraying in the country over the years. You will consult with Roma community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the Roma Women Network and will pay attention to Roma women rights and how they have progressed over time.
Under the supervision of National Programme Officer, Human Rights, should you be selected for the position, you will be responsible for provision of the following tasks:
1. Conducting the research of the situation with reference to Roma national minority in BiH fifty year after the First World Romani Congress;
2. Preparing the television reportage on the commemorating the First World Romani Congress in BiH;
3. Providing presentation of the research and its conclusions;
4. Delivering the television reportage.
- University degree in journalism or social studies field;
- 8 years of experience in journalism or in social studies relevant fields, preferably including also minority and human rights topics;
- 8 years of experience in preparing/delivering TV reportages;
- Previous experience in developing methodologies for conducting research;
- Experience in presenting and elaborating on minority and human rights related issues, and
- Professional knowledge of English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.
Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and be in accordance with OSCE established rates.
How To Apply
This position is open to citizens and permanent residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina only.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.
Please note that offline applications submitted via email, fax, or mail will not be considered.
Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.
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