The OSCE Presence in Albania (hereinafter ‘the Presence’) is implementing the extra-budgetary project “Building capacities of Albanian institutions and professionals in the field of Transitional Justice.”
The project aims to support a sustainable structure of research and teaching on Transitional Justice in Albania, thereby strengthening the foundations of democratic debate and democratic institutions in the country, supporting the wider movement of 'dealing with the past', and incorporating social, institutional, judicial and human rights aspects in line with international Human Rights standards and OSCE commitments.
By involving the public, including academics, students and civil society in a discussion on rule of law and human rights violations under the communist regime, by fostering the conduct of research on transitional justice as a whole and by ensuring sustainability of results though the development of a Master’s Programme on Transitional Justice, the project will lead to a better-informed and facts-based discourse on how Albania deals with the human rights violations of its past, how it can learn from other societies going through a period of transition, and how it can further consolidate democracy and rule of law.
The Project will focus on four main interlinked components:
i) the development of the structure and curricula for the Master’s Programme at the University of Tirana,
ii) building capacities and resources of the Centre for Justice and Transformation at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tirana to provide scientific support to the programme,
iii) supporting the roll out of the first two-year Master’s course
iv) offering academic conferences, workshops and seminars to further deepen the knowledge related to transitional justice among the academia, civil society, and general public.
Under component (i), the Presence will hire four senior national experts from the fields of social sciences, history, law and interdisciplinary research methodology to draft a detailed curriculum for each module. The modules will assess transitional justice issues, measures, policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective – including research methods - and will allow for in-depth analyses at local, national, regional and international level. The Presence will also hire international experts to mentor and review the curricula development and the module drafting process for the proper articulation of the rationale and structure of the module from an international (standards) perspective.
The Presence’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Department is looking for one national expert to draft one detailed teaching module in the field of transitional justice, with specific focus on interdisciplinary research methodologies.
Under the guidance of the Project Manager, the expert will be expected to:
1) Develop a draft version of one (1) academic teaching module in the field of transitional justice, covering areas of interdisciplinary research methodologies.
o The module will contain - a description of the objectives, - a list of key concepts, - the topics of each lecture, - the modalities for assessing the students, - mandatory and optional literature to be used, - extra-curricular activities.
The module should include at least the following:
- methodologies specific to developing and carrying out qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research projects - such as sampling, surveying, interviewing, textual and media analysis, case study analysis, focus groups, interviewing, etc. - in the fields of transitional justice (social sciences, law and history); - recognition and reflection on the strengths and limitations of different research methodologies; - designing of appropriate data collection plans to address particular research issues, including development of effective, creative and innovative solutions to research problems; - assessment of the relevance and appropriateness of various research methods to specific research questions; - formulation of clear and well-structured argumentations for the research design; - identification of ethical issues that may arise while developing, conducting, and analysing research; - processing and evaluation of data and interpretation of research findings.
2) The module will have a certain number of credits according to the regulations in place of the University of Tirana. The module should be minimum 10 pages, Times New Roman format, 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, Albanian language, based on the structure and module template approved by the University of Tirana. In the development of the module, the expert will take into account teaching modules in similar master’s or research programmes of accredited universities and institutions, the master outline and methodology elaborated in 2018 under the auspices of the Presence, the advice received by the international consultants recruited by the Presence as well as the inputs and suggestions provided by the Presence’s Advisory Working Group on the development of the Master’s Programme;
3) Working remotely (online meetings, email or phone communications) with the international consultants recruited by the Presence, for advice, mentoring, editing and finalization of the teaching module;
4) Participating in two meetings of the Presence’s Advisory Working Group on the development of the Master’s Programme to present the product of their work/proposals for consultation, brainstorming and endorsement;
5) Continuously liaise with and if necessary seek advice from the OSCE Project Staff throughout the discharge of the consultancy activities.
1. submit to the Project Manager the draft version of one (1) academic teaching module teaching module in the field of transitional justice, covering areas of interdisciplinary research methodologies, based on the indication provided under Tasks/Responsibilities, item 1). The module should be minimum 10 pages, Times New Roman format, 12 font, 1.5 line spacing;
2. submit to the project manager three (3) progress reports, elaborated based on the template provided by the Presence, each of them detailing the progress in the development of the module based on the indication provided under Tasks/Responsibilities, item 1);
3. submit to the Project Manager the reviewed final version of the academic teaching module.
• Advanced university degree in law;
• At least 8 years of professional teaching experience in academia (higher education system) in Albania;
• At least 2 years of experience in design and implementation of academic research project, or academic teaching project, curricula drafting or any similar project implemented by the higher education institution;
• Knowledge of, and preferably professional experience in, development and accreditation process of a new academic teaching curricula in Albania;
• Excellent drafting skills and proficient level of English language;
• Very good knowledge of Albanian language.
All applications are due by 30 June 2020. For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Presence in Albania, please see: http:// www.osce.org/presence-in-albania
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process. Delayed nominations will not be considered.