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5 September 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
1 December 2017
The incumbent is one of the four National Legal Officers, (two based in HO, one in Mostar and one in Banja Luka) performing similar duties. The incumbent monitors and analyses domestic legislation and provides written and oral legal advice on various issues of draft and existing legislation, implementation regulatory frameworks and policy affecting human rights. Such advisory services are regularly required to be provided to Field Officers as well as Programmatic Advisors and Officers at Head Office and in the Field. National Legal Officers also provide targeted inputs for the Head of Human Dimension Department, Deputy Head, Legal Advisors, Human Rights Officers and other senior staff, as appropriate. National Legal Officers play a crucial role in ensuring that the Department is able to follow domestic legislation, identify key legal issues and human rights concerns, and plan appropriate responses, actions and advocacy steps. Legal assessments made by the National Legal Officers are important components for formulating and executing Department strategy. For the planning and implementation of any programmatic actions within the sphere of human rights, they are key staff that influence the quality of analysis and possibilities for informed and appropriate actions taken by the Human Rights Project.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Specific duties include:
Analysing legal issues on human rights, as indicated by the supervisor or relevant advisers of the Human Rights Project, including, civil law (substantive and procedural), administrative law, laws on social protection, antidiscrimination and national human rights institutions, as well as Annex 7 related legal and policy framework and relevant court decisions; Reviews domestic legislation and advises on compliance with international human rights standards;
Supervising and coordinating the work of National Programme Officers, Human Rights in monitoring and analyzing human rights issues in the field; OR, analysing and advising on national legislation;
Providing oral and written feedback and analysis on diverse human rights issues following the requests made by the Human Rights Officers and other members of the Human Rights Team in the field, including advice on individual cases;
Meeting with various international and domestic organizations and institutions and represents the Mission’s position. Such meetings also serve to inform other organizations of the Mission’s activities and ensure appropriate coordination with other organizations as necessary;
Performing other related duties, as required.
University Degree in Law (LLB), preferably with Bar Examination passed;
Minimum four (4) years of professional experience in domestic legal system, including experience in human rights work;
Established ability to interpret, analyze and apply legislation to factual situations;
Established knowledge of European and international human rights conventions;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and local languages;
Possession of a valid driving license.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions is 3,544.17 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
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.
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.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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.
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