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Rule of Law Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue
General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • University education in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum 6 years relevant work experience in the field of rule of law, as well as in criminal and human rights law
  • Project management experience, including development, implementation and monitoring, preferably in rule of law related project activities
  • Previous experience in penitentiary reform
  • Knowledge of regional political developments in Central Asia
  • Ability to establish contact and develop confident relations with civil society, as well as the ability to work with government officials and institutions, including law enforcement and the judiciary
  • Experience in compiling and analysing relevant info, including complicated legal topics
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) and working knowledge of Russian
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Rule of Law Officer is the primary focal point for all rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues) in the Centre. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining an overview of developments in the country related to rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues) and to define and manage projects in this area.

Under the supervision of the Senior Human Dimension Officer, the Rule of Law Officer will perform the following duties:

  1. Assesses and reports on issues related to rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues), including through the drafting of relevant background reports, food-for-thought papers and input to the Centre's regular reporting;
  2. Contributes to defining the strategy and necessary resources for the Human Dimension Activities programme through the Programme Budgeting process;
  3. Takes the lead in the development, co-ordination and implementation of projects designed to support the process of rule of law and penitentiary reform;
  4. Supports the Senior Human Dimension Officer in ensuring the full implementation of the Human Dimension Activities programme in compliance with the OSCE's Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS);
  5. Ensures all projects related to rule of law and penitentiary reform are adequately monitored, controlled and reported on;
  6. Assists in arranging OSCE events, inter alia, visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  7. Ensures close cooperation with the Programme Coordinator on all issues relevant to programming, coordination of programming, budgeting, reporting, and compliance with OSCE Rules and Regulations in these fields;
  8. Supervises the work of the Programme's staff assigned to work on rule of law and penitentiary reform issues;
  9. Identifies local and international stakeholders relevant for the fulfilment of the programme and maintains regular communication with them;
  10. As requested by the Senior Human Dimension Officer, represents the OSCE and the Centre in Bishkek on advocating for the fulfilment of Human Dimension commitments to external audiences;
  11. Performs other duties as required.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.



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