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Senior Adviser on National Minorities


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Serbia
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
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 political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical 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:


  • Experience in the area of national minority issues, including at least two years at international level
  • Excellent knowledge of international standards and best practices in the protection of national minorities, preferably including Roma inclusion issues
  • Solid understanding of democratic development in post-conflict and multi-ethnic environments, with special focus on national minorities
  • Experience in policy formulation, project/programme management and co-ordination with donors and implementing agencies
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • Ability to operate windows applications including word processing and email
  • 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
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities


  • Familiarity with political and historical developments in Serbia and/or South-Eastern Europe
Tasks and Responsibilities

The National Minorities Section of the Mission's Democratization Department works on strengthening Serbia's institutional framework regarding national minorities and the capacity of Serbia's institutions to ensure compliance with relevant democratic principles, international human rights standards and national laws. Within this context and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Democratization Department, the Senior Adviser on National Minorities performs the following duties:

  1. Plans, develops and implements the National Minorities Section's programme and projects in accordance with the Mission's mandate and Department's objectives;
  2. Ensures effective management, supervision and control of the OSCE funds, including extra-budgetary funds related to the National Minorities Section's  programme;
  3. Advises the Head of the Department and the Mission's management on the Mission's priorities, policies and interventions in the area of the Section's competencies, including through regular reporting and analysis;
  4. Directs and guides the implementation of the National Minorities Section's programme; establishes mechanisms for effective monitoring and self-evaluation of projects and activities;
  5. Supervises the reporting, analyses, publication and public outreach; delivers speeches, briefings and presentations; attends and represents the Section at various events;
  6. Ensures the Section's compliance with OSCE project and programmatic guidelines and administrative regulatory framework;
  7. Liaises and maintains effective relations with the Section's interlocutors, government officials, international organizations, civil society representatives and national minority representatives, to ensure the best use of OSCE resources, compatibility of projects and a co-ordinated approach;
  8. Ensures that the protection of national minorities is synergetic with other interventions of the Mission; co-ordinates the work of the Section with other Sections/Departments in the Mission;
  9. Supervises the work of two national staff;
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see  

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.


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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