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Project Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
Number of posts
Duty station
The Hague, Netherlands
Date of issue



This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) was established in 1992 to identify and seek early resolution of ethnic tensions that might endanger peace, stability or friendly relations between OSCE participating States.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The HCNM is seeking a seconded Project Officer to take charge of the development and implementation of projects in support of the HCNM's conflict prevention mandate. Under the supervision of the Head of Section, and in close coordination with the HCNM Director and the Senior Administrative Officer, the Project Officer will be responsible for all phases of development and implementation of the assigned projects. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Conducting in-country assessments to identify potential projects;
  • Developing project proposals and budgets; identifying local and international project partners and potential funders;
  • Implementing, evaluating and reporting on projects;
  • Maintaining close contact with implementing partners to ensure that at any stage of the project cycle, the mandate of HCNM is adhered to;
  • Overseeing all project expenditures and ensuring compliance with project budgets and donor requirements; preparing narrative and financial reports accordingly;
  • Preparing proposals and background information on fundraising strategies upon request;
  • Actively participating in discussions on HCNM policies and strategies for portfolio countries; supporting HCNM Advisers in the implementation of their activities;
  • Performing other related duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in international relations, law, political science, sociology or related field;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience, including project management experience at the international level; experience in results-based management of international, development, conflict prevention or public administration projects is desirable;
  • A solid understanding of the political context in the relevant OSCE regions, preferably with a knowledge of inter-ethnic relations and minority issues;
  • Professional fluency in English and working knowledge of Russian is required; working knowledge of other languages in the CIS area is desirable;
  • Excellent communication skills, resourcefulness and initiative;
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team; ability to cope with a varied and heavy workload;
  • Computer literate with excellent knowledge of MS Office applications;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while remaining impartial and objective.

This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Delayed nominations 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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.




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