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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.
Should you be selected for the position, you will be based at the Head Office, within the Rule of Law Section of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), and supervised by the Legal Adviser, Justice Sector Policy (S2). You will monitor and analyse justice sector reform processes, including the development of legislative amendments, strategy adoption and implementation, and reform of policies relating to the administration of justice in BiH, and provide written and oral legal advice on various issues. You will also monitor and draft reports on the work of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH (HJPC BiH) and identify issues to be addressed by the Mission through its capacity building work. You will also co-ordinate, and analyse the findings of, the Rule of Law Monitoring Assistants assigned to attend and monitor the sessions of the HJPC BiH and provide them with guidance on areas of interest to monitor. In addition, you will use these findings to advise the Legal Advisor, Justice Sector Policy and the Head of Rule of Law on appropriate follow-up actions by the Mission. You will play a crucial role in ensuring that the Department is able to follow the process of justice sector reform in BiH and identify areas that must be addressed through the Mission’s technical support and advocacy steps.
Tasks and Responsibilities
As the National Legal Officer, Justice Sector Policy, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties:
1. Participating in and monitoring sessions of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) and its sub-committees in order to identify trends and challenges and propose recommendations for necessary improvements in the implementation of institutional policies and the applicable legal framework;
2. Analysing legal issues on the rule of law, as indicated by the Legal Advisor, Justice Sector Policy; Reviewing domestic legislation and proposed amendments to the legislative framework and advising the Legal Advisor, Justice Sector Policy on compliance with international human rights standards;
3. Drafting monitoring reports relating to the HJPC BiH on compliance with applicable framework provided by law and by-laws; You might also assume other administrative duties, such as giving inputs for project proposals, preparing budget requests or providing feedback forms;
4. Contributing to analysis of rule of law issues in Head Office by conducting legal research and providing written explanations and/or by drafting internal or external reports;
5. Meeting with various international and domestic organizations and institutions, in co-ordination with the Legal Advisor, Justice Sector Policy, and represents the Mission’s position. Such meetings also serve to inform other organisations of the Mission’s activities and ensure appropriate co-ordination with other organisations as necessary;
6. Following general developments relating to the reform of the work of the HJPC and other justice sector reform efforts;
7. Performing other related duties, as required.
For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see: https://www.osce.org/mission-to-bosnia-and-herzegovina.
- First-level university degree in law with specialization in Criminal, Civil or International law;
- Minimum of two years of professional experience in domestic legal system, including on criminal justice issues;
- Established ability to interpret, analyze and apply legislation to factual situations;
- Knowledge local Criminal Codes and applicable international human rights conventions;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and local language;
- Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages.
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions is 3,228.92 BAM/month. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna health insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.
Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale. At the discretion of the appointing authority a higher step may be approved up to a maximum of step 3 subject to specific conditions.
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 short listed candidates will be contacted.
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.
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.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.