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Senior Legal Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Presence in Albania
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior professional
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:

  • 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:


  • Minimum of three years of legal experience
  • Excellent analytical skills, in particular with regard to legal reasoning
  • Excellent legal writing ability
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Strong ability to conduct research, including electronically, and analyse information on a range of legal issues
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Ability to operate at medium to high government/diplomatic levels and with members of the judiciary, including senior officials
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • 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


  • Experience of working in South East European countries or other transitional countries
  • Experience in project management
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department, the Senior Legal Officer follows, analyses and reports on developments in Albania related to the rule of law. The incumbent is responsible for providing advice on Albanian legislative and judicial reform, within the Presence's mandate. He/She is also responsible for developing and implementing projects in this area.

The Senior Legal Officer has the following specific responsibilities:

  1. Monitors, analyses and reports on developments in the Albanian legal sector, including the activities of justice sector institutions, the functioning of the legislative process, as well as rule of law related developments; 
  2. Monitors and analyses the Albanian legal sector in light of international norms, OSCE Commitments, and best practices from participating States, identifies gaps in domestic legislation and practice, and drafts recommendations to address these gaps;
  3. Provides assistance, in close co-operation with national and international stakeholders, to the Albanian authorities for the implementation of recommendations;
  4. Serves as manager for projects, in particular those supporting legal and justice sector reform;
  5. Analyses and comments on draft legislation and policies;
  6. Prepares or assists in the preparation of various documents, including internal and external reports, memoranda, briefing notes, talking points and comments;
  7. Establishes and maintains close working relationships with international and national partners;
  8. Provides rapid analysis on legal issues that arise in Albania as well as on legal issues internal to the OSCE Presence in Albania;
  9. Assists the Head of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department in the programmatic and administrative management of the Department;
  10. Represents the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department and the Presence at meetings, conferences and seminars, as required and appropriate;
  11. Reviews and edits reports, comments, project documents and other texts prepared by national and international staff in the Department;
  12. Supervises one mission staff member;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

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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