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.
In the Gender and Youth Unit and under the direct supervision of the NPO Gender and Youth, should you be selected for the position, you will be responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the targeted gender equality initiatives in Head Office, as well as co-ordinating field level initiatives, in line with OSCE and the Mission’s Action Plans for Promotion of Gender Equality. Furthermore, you will be responsible for gender and youth mainstreaming in the Mission’s programmes, in particular the Human Rights, DGS and DSC portfolios. You will liaise with the gender structures in the OSCE Secretariat and ODIHR, and develop partnership relations with gender institutional mechanisms in the country.
Tasks and Responsibilities
As the National Programme Officer (NPO), Gender Issues, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties:
1. Identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating specific programmes and activities to promote gender equality in the OSCE human dimension primarily, but also in other dimensions when required, in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, in order to increase the level of compliance of domestic policies by using international/OSCE standards for the promotion and protection of women’s rights, in particular in the areas of non-discrimination and political participation at Unit and field levels;
2. Designing, organizing and delivering programmatic activities in the areas of non-discrimination and political participation in the field, based on the information and in consultation with Field Offices; monitoring and evaluating the field activities in accordance with the Mission procedures; supporting gender mainstreaming in the field conflict-prevention efforts, through the regular planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation processes;
3. Identifying, through gathered information and developed forms of evaluation, including SG Reports, areas where enhanced gender and youth mainstreaming could be beneficial to the work of the Mission and, in co-operation with programmatic staff, suggesting how to include gender issues in daily work, in particular in the areas of Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Security, and acting as a resource for gender mainstreaming in Elections;
4. Analysing and monitoring public policies, legislation, and government practices affecting gender equality, in particular in the areas of Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Security, but also in Elections, when required; identifying areas where improvement is required through analysis of media content, legislation, policies, information from the field, using tools developed to evaluate the level of gender equality mainstreaming;
5. Providing briefings, trainings, presentations and reports on activities related to women’s rights, gender equality and youth’s participation in BiH using findings gathered through daily work, as well as professional development of staff on gender mainstreaming and gender equality; supporting gender and youth mainstreaming in the Mission’s conflict prevention efforts;
6. Liaising with the international organizations and gender institutional mechanisms, through regular contacts, co-operation and meetings;
7. Co-ordinating activities through co-operation and liaising with the Gender Section of the OSCE Secretariat, and in close contact with the Mission’s Gender Focal Point, as well as preparing periodic reports of the Unit, programmatic Sections or the Mission, starting from the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Mission’s Gender Action Plan;
8. Promoting gender and youth mainstreaming in the Mission through regular communication with the Mission’s Gender and Youth Focal Points in the field offices, co-ordinating with Heads of Sections, including on the Mission’s strategies, programmes, projects, plans, budgets, ad hoc and regular working groups and initiatives;
9. Developing the Mission’s Gender Action Plan in co-ordination with the Mission’s departments/sections and with the support of the Gender Section in the OSCE Secretariat. Monitoring, evaluating, revising and updating the Mission’s Gender Action Plan as necessary;
10. 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.
- University degree in law, gender studies, political and social sciences. Completed trainings on gender, human dimension, human rights;
- Minimum of two years of professional experience in the field of human rights/women’s rights;
- Proven experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities that support gender equality and promote equal participation and nondiscrimination; demonstrated experience in project management;
- Thorough knowledge of human rights standards and international documents and domestic legislation in the field of gender equality and inclusion of youth; familiarity with OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and relevant commitments;
- Understanding the role and competencies of state, entity, cantonal and local jurisdictions, the civil society and the international community in implementing Law on Gender Equality in BiH;
- Working experience with gender equality mechanisms and women’s organizations;
- Knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights in the context of Bosnia and Herzegovina and knowledge of issues related to youth are an advantage;
- Computer literate with practical experience in MS packages;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and local languages;
- High professional integrity;
- Gender sensitivity;
- Ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Holding a valid driving license.
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.