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Senior Legal Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Serbia
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
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 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 degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Previous experience in the justice system or public administration
  • Knowledge of the standards and practices of modern criminal justice system
  • Proven ability to produce quality legal analysis, including on legislation relating to internal affairs
  • Experience in project management, including planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation
  • Good drafting skills and the ability to tailor reports and presentations to the needs of a specific audience
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames


  • Knowledge of public administration law and understanding of the EU standards in this field would be an asset
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Law Enforcement Department, the Senior Legal Adviser:

  1. Monitors and analyses legislative developments that have a bearing on the host country's police reform process;
  2. Provides advice on the improvement of the legislative framework, with a view to fostering police reform and improving the accountability system;
  3. Prepares reports and analysis of relevant laws, by-laws and legal practices, especially taking into account compliance with relevant human rights standards, national legal system and international standards/best practices;
  4. Formulates and implements activities to assist the host country in the police reform process, with special focus on the area of criminal justice;
  5. Liaises and maintains contacts with officials in Serbia, including law enforcement agencies, public prosecution services, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations and international partners on matters affecting the legislative aspects of the police reform process and development;
  6. Liaises and maintains contacts with other Mission Departments to develop synergies in legislative aspects of police reform;
  7. Ensures that accountability aspects and human rights norms are included in the advice offered to the entire Police Affairs Programme;
  8. Supervises four staff and manages projects/activities dealing with the accountability aspects of police reform;
  9. Performs other duties as required.

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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