NOTE: Appointment to the post is subject to 2019 UB approval.
The incumbent is based in Head Office, within the Democratic Governance Section of the Human Dimension Department. Under the overall supervision of the National Chief of Democratic Governance, she/he will be responsible for providing legal guidance in all areas of the Democratic Governance portfolio, in particular local self-government. This includes participation in relevant government bodies aiming at fostering reform of local self-government and strengthening of good governance. S/he also provides legal guidance regarding general legislative matters connected to the Section’s Programme portfolio at the municipal and cantonal level and the overall strategy of the Department in the field of Democratic Governance. This includes analysing legal and political issues and proving guidance on issues related to constitutions, local self-government laws, civil service laws, labour laws, administrative laws, freedom of access to information acts, rules of procedures of legislative bodies and other laws and regulations connected to the portfolio of the Democratic Governance Section. The incumbent will also take the lead in assessing needs and weaknesses related to the harmonization of local and regional units of government and public institutions on harmonization of their legal acts with higher level legislation.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- With an emphasis on municipal and cantonal levels, the incumbent assesses through research and analysis the needs and weaknesses in the legislative functioning within executive and legislative structures and develops strategies to improve the legal transparency and quality of legal documents. S/he analyses legal issues including, but not limited to, constitutions, local self-government laws, civil service laws, labour laws, administration laws, freedom of access to information acts, rules of procedures of legislative bodies and other laws and regulations connected to the Democratic Governance Section. S/he also designs and implements initiatives to address identified needs including training on legal matters and technical assistance in legal drafting;
- In co-operation with Field Offices, provides legal advice to local and regional governments and public institutions on harmonisation of their legal acts with higher level legislation. S/he assists field staff in identifying and developing basic instruments for upgrading the regulatory framework at the municipal and cantonal level. S/he provides legal advice on general issues affecting democratic governance, and provides legal training to field staff and counterparts as appropriate;
- Analyses and provides legal guidance regarding the reform of local self-government. This includes liaison with relevant counterparts on the municipal and cantonal level of government and participating in relevant government bodies aiming at fostering reform of local self-government and public administration reform. S/he also provides inputs to the drafting processes of laws, legal acts, manuals and rulebooks to be used at different government levels. This includes conducting comparative analysis of legislation and by-laws in the light of planned amendments;
- Provides information and advice to the National Chief of Democratic Governance on legal issues relevant to the implementation and future planning of the Mission’s Democratic Governance programme portfolio, through regular reporting, background papers and thematic assessments;
- Co-ordinates with international and national organisations active in local governance in the in order to prevent duplication and to gain maximum benefit from related initiatives, though regular meetings and monitoring of activities;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- University degree in law with specialization in Administrative/Civil/ Constitutional law;
- Minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in legal or public institutions, some of which in an international organisation;
- Thorough knowledge of BiH legal system, specifically including constitutions, local self-government laws, administration law, civil service laws, budgetary/financial laws, freedom of access to information acts and labour laws;
- Experience in institutional strengthening projects and legal capacity-building;
- Established ability to interpret and analyse legislation and present complex legal issues in simple terms;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and local language;
- Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
- Possession of a driving license is desirable.
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
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. 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.