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Senior Human Dimension Officer/Head of Field Office


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Middle management
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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • University degree in Law, International Human Rights Law, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, or other human rights related areas
  • Minimum six years of relevant experience, including experience in project management in an international setting
  • Understanding of the strategic and regional issues related to human rights, education and good governance
  • Knowledge of the political structures and current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills with proven capacity to formulate complex issues in simple terms
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity, with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amount of information
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently, and to participate effectively in a team-based information sharing environment
  • Professional fluency in oral and written English
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the Mission area
  • Previous experience of working with an international organization
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director (Programmes) of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Senior Human Dimension Officer/Head of Field Office will be responsible for the co-ordination of the Human Dimension programme activities in his/her area of responsibility. Senior Human Dimension Officer/Head of Field Office will also ensure co-ordination between the political and programmatic aspects of the Mission¿s work and is responsible for providing timely and accurate advice to the Head Office on these issues. Specific duties include:

  1. Supervises the Heads of Field Offices (Brcko and Srebrenica) within his/her Area Of Responsibility (AoR) to ensure that activities implemented are consistent with the Human Dimension programme objectives;
  2. Ensures that the Department¿s resources are used effectively and efficiently to achieve the Human Dimension programme objectives;
  3. In co-operation with the Heads of Section in HDD, supports programme implementation through provision of mentoring and advice to the Heads of Field Office on programme policy and implementation and intervening directly with local counterparts where necessary;
  4. Liaises with governmental, non-governmental and international organisations active in sectors relevant to the Human Dimension Programme in the AoR to gather information and ensures appropriate field level co-ordination;
  5. Acquaints him/herself with local political and social conditions and proactively seeks information which might have an impact on the current implementation and future development of the Human Dimension Programme in his/her AoR and advises the Head Office accordingly;
  6. Provides timely and accurate advice to the Head Office and the field on all aspects relevant to the implementation and future planning of the programme;
  7. Informs the HDD Heads of Section about programmatic issues, ensuring that programmatic activities are consistent with political objectives and that political obstacles to programme implementation are brought to the attention of the Head Office;
  8. Carries out the administrative duties of the Head of Field Office; ensures that all Office staff work in compliance with the OSCE regulatory framework;
  9. Attends security briefings on behalf of the Office organized by EUFOR LOTs, local police and other relevant organisations and inform all Office staff of the current security situation as appropriate;
  10. Supervises 3 international and 5 national staff members;
  11. Performs other duties as required

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

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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