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26 June 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
1 August 2018
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 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:
Second-level university degree in law with specialization in international, administrative, commercial, labour or comparative law;
A minimum of six years of directly related professional experience, including four years at the international level;
Experience in drafting and reviewing legal texts, including legal opinions, contracts, agreements, official correspondence and reports;
Political intuition and tact; strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
Strong analytical skills and ability to take into account various policy implications and identify strategic issues;
Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve sensitive and/or complex issues;
Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to communicate orally and draft clearly and concisely;
Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and e-mail;
Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames; proven resilience to high stress environments;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background, 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.
Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political context;
Experience with the OSCE, UN common system and/or other international organizations.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Initial duration of assignment for this post is for a period of 12 months, with a possibility of extension, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.
If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.
Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Staff and in consultation and co-ordination with the OSCE Secretariat Legal Services, the Senior Legal Adviser will have the following responsibilities:
Co-ordinating and supervising the work of the Legal Office and its staff (2 international and 1 national mission members) for the provision of legal advice to the Mission Senior Management on legal matters arising from the Mission's operation;
Co-ordinating, supervising and, as appropriate, undertaking research and studying legal precedents related to the function, structure and activities of the Mission, inter alia the areas set out in the Mission's mandate and international, public, private and administrative law, and international civil service law; assisting in ensuring consistency of interpretations of legal instruments relevant to the work of the Mission;
Providing legal advice on disciplinary procedures and other personnel-related matters and appeals against administrative decisions in conformity with OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, and Staff Instructions and the wider OSCE regulatory framework;
Providing legal advice and analysis on questions of international law affecting the status and privileges and immunities of the Mission and its personnel;
Advising on claims by and against the Mission, customs and tax matters, international transport law, and contracts; assisting in reviewing and clearing of and drafting legal documents, including contracts, Memoranda of Understanding, Implementing Partner Agreements, Notes Verbale and official correspondence;
Co-ordinating the Mission legal consultations and liaising with the OSCE Secretariat Legal Services regarding compliance with and consistent application of OSCE CRMS; co-ordinating discussions on legal matters of interest to the Mission and to the OSCE with local institutions and international organizations at the local level where appropriate.;
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. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
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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