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.
As the National Legal Officer, should you selected for the position, you will be responsible for implementing activities, initiatives and projects aimed at achieving the set objectives of the Department of Security Co-operation (DSC). This includes assisting and supporting the Department in all legal affairs related to the Mission’s Security Sector work, including security sector governance and reform, arms control, counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, border management, anti-corruption, cyber security, disaster risk reduction and crisis response. In addition, you will monitor and analyse domestic legislation in the field of Mission’s Security Sector work, and provide written and oral legal advice on various issues of draft and existing legislation, implementation of regulatory frameworks and policy affecting security sector in BiH. You will also provide targeted inputs for the Head of Department of Security Co-operation, Programme Co-ordinator and DSC portfolio holders, and other senior staff as appropriate. You will be playing a crucial role in ensuring that the Department is able to follow domestic legislation, identify key legal issues and concerns, and plan appropriate responses, actions and advocacy steps. Legal assessments made by you as the National Legal Adviser are important components for formulating and executing Department strategy.
Tasks and Responsibilities
As the National Legal Officer, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties:
1. Proactively providing legal analysis and reports, and also based on a request of the supervisor or a holder of a relevant DSC portfolio, on legislative issues related to security sector, including security sector governance and reform, arms control, counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, border management, anti-corruption, cyber security, disaster risk reduction and crisis response:
- conducting legal analysis and research on various security related legal matters,
- providing advice on different legal issues and assist in drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other briefing documents,
- conducting legal research by utilizing various resources and selecting the relevant material to analyze the legal information,
- providing advice and assistance in harmonization of laws and other legal material and any other relevant documents, identifying the most important issues that need to be sorted out on a priority basis;
2. Participating in meetings, working groups and ad hoc consultations with representatives from BiH and international institutions and represents the Mission’s position. Such meetings also serve to inform other organizations of the Mission’s activities and assure appropriate co-ordination with other organizations as necessary;
3. Providing information and advice to the Head of Department of Security Co-operation on legal issues relevant to the implementation and future planning of the Mission’s Security Co-operation programme portfolio, through regular reporting, background papers and thematic assessments;
4. Performing other tasks as assigned.
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.
- University degree in law (LLB);
- Minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in domestic legal system, with focus on security and rule of law issues;
- Thorough knowledge of BiH legal system, specifically including security sector legislation;
- Experience in institutional strengthening projects and legal capacity-building;
- Established ability to interpret and analyze legislation and present complex legal issues in simple terms;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and in the local language;
- Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
- Possession of a driving license.
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions is 3,563.67 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 https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies . 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.