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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 Seconded
Field of expertise
Legal Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
The Hague
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 Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) 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 Office of 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

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser/Head of Section dealing primarily with Central and South Eastern Europe, the Senior Legal Adviser will be performing the following duties:

  • Providing legal advice on national minority and other issues with respect to situations assigned to him/her;
  • Monitoring and analysing public policy, legislation and state practice affecting human rights and national minority issues;
  • Monitoring political, social and legal developments, and preparing comprehensive analyses, notes and reports;
  • Representing HCNM at seminars, conferences and meetings concerned with legal issues affecting national minorities;
  • Establishing and maintain contacts, as necessary, with international organizations on national minority issues affecting OSCE programmes with a particular emphasis on legal issues;
  • Accompanying the High Commissioner on country visits and preparing position papers for the High Commissioner on legal and national minority issues;
  • Performing other related 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;
  • Minimum of 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 drafting skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English; working knowledge of another OSCE official language relevant to the Central and South Eastern Europe region is an asset;
  • 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.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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

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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