A vacancy has arisen in the OSCE Presence in Albania for a National Legal Officer (NP1), in the Democratization Department within the extra-budgetary project “Parliament and Civic Education in Albania”, funded by the government of the Swiss Confederation.
Under the direction of Project Manager and in cooperation with the project team, the National Legal Officer will assist with the critical effort of improving the legislative process. He/she will also be responsible for supporting parliamentary reforms including financial and administrative autonomy; working with Parliamentary Committees and working with the Law Faculty to develop new curricula.
1. Tasks and Responsibility:
Under the direct supervision of the National Programme Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1 Provides legal advice in the framework of the Project by analysing and commenting draft laws, secondary legislation, and strategic documents in various areas of law that affect project operations, such as:
• Legal opinions and advice on issues like legislative procedures, financial autonomy and administrative autonomy,
• Legal advice on Assembly’s Strategic Documents including, ICT Strategy, Medium-Term Expenditure Framework;
• Legal advice to the Assembly on the database of approximated legislation;
• Legal advice related to the update and revision of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure or other pieces of legislation along the project implementation;
• Legal advice on contracts and partnership arrangements required within the Project;
2 Proposes, develops, and monitors implementation of project activities related to Parliamentary Support and Legislative Review:
• Monitors, analyses and reports on developments related to parliamentary and legislative reform in Albania
• Attends and contribute to the meetings of the working group on e-legislation and other workshops and meetings that have legislative impact within the project;
• Organizes and contributes to the project activities related to the oversight role of the parliament and cooperation between the parliament and state or independent institutions;
• Organizes roundtables and other events aimed at strengthening the role of the parliament and its committees on gender issues, through working closely with OSCE/ODIHR and their repository tools;
• Supervises and guides students on their work for consolidating legislation;
• Works with the Faculty of Law to enrich the curricula of the Masters’ Programme on parliamentary law and legislative drafting;
3. Contributes and leads on aspects of Project Administration;
• Reviews reports, needs assessments and feasibility studies prepared by the Project’s external consultants and prepares internal reports and memos on Project activities.
• Establishes and maintains close working relationships with state institutions, civil society and international organizations contributing in the area of legislative reform and human rights, international consultants and other project stakeholders.
• Represents the Project at relevant meetings, conferences and seminars as required and appropriate;
• Drafts memoranda and contracts and providing solutions on legal matters to the Project Team and provide legal advice to the Project Manager and Head of Democratization Department when drafting contracts and memoranda;
• Provides and organizes legal opinions to the Project Team on issues of importance within the project;
• Drafts written summaries (minutes) of meetings of Project Team with beneficiaries;
4 Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements: • First level university degree in law;
• Minimum 4 years of professional experience, preferably in domestic and/or international judicial institutions; previous experience working with international institutions is desirable;
• Excellent legal analytical skills and established experience in providing authoritative legal advice to senior entities;
• Excellent knowledge of the law making processes in Albania;
• Legislative drafting (drafting laws, but mostly secondary legislation;
• Experience in drafting or working with strategic plans documents;
• Experience in organising workshops, roundtables involving high level stakeholders;
• Experience with gender, elections, human rights, media related issues;
• Experience with e-platforms ;
• Excellent coordination skills;
• Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.
• Established ability to represent an Organization well at meetings and other outside events;
• Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and local language;
• Must be Albanian resident
According to the fixed OSCE salary scale, the remuneration is approximately 1535 EURO, subject to National Social Security deductions. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation. Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
All applications are due by 04 August 2019. 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, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.