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Senior Legal Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Contracted
Field of expertise
Legal Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
The Hague
Date of issue









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








  • Delivering legal advice on issues related to national minorities, interethnic relations and related topics;
  • Monitoring and analysing in detail public policy, legislation, and state practice affecting human rights and national minority issues and drafting comprehensive analyses, notes and reports;
  • Informing the HCNM about developments in international law affecting the HCNM's mandate;
  • Providing interpretation of legal instruments, such as treaties, agreements, declarations, constitutions, statutes, regulations and other materials relevant to the effective fulfilment of the HCNM's mandate;
  • Formulating possible options for domestic legislation which would be in accord with applicable international standards and would be effective in specific situations in which the HCNM is involved.
  • Preparing analyses and providing legal opinions and recommending positions regarding the legal and political aspects of issues approached by the HCNM and with regard to the HCNM's recommendations to states.
  • Advising on the development of the thematic work of the High Commissioner;
  • Representing HCNM at seminars, conferences and meetings concerned with legal issues affecting national minorities;
  • Establishing and maintain a network of relevant international contacts active in the field of national minority issues; 
  • Briefing the High Commissioner prior to and during country visits;
  • Drafting position papers on legal and national minority issues;
  • Performing other duties as required.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, please see




Necessary Qualifications








  • Advanced university degree in International Law, Comparative Law and Politics, or related field; with specialization in the international protection of human rights, in particular minority rights;
  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience dealing with minority issues and human rights, international relations, public administration or other related field, including three years at the international level. Experience dealing with minority issues and human rights in a field mission is an advantage;
  • Excellent analytical and precise drafting skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of Russian are required;
  • Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and Internet;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a multinational team, with people of different opinions and gender, cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.




Required competencies








Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work



Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances



Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities




Remuneration Package








Monthly remuneration amounts to approximately EUR 7,039 per month depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in The Netherlands. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.




How To Apply








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.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


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


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.


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.


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



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