OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Field of expertise
Number of posts
Date of issue
19 September 2018
Deadline for application
10 October 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
14 January 2019
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Director, the Spokesperson/Senior Press and Public Information Officer shall perform the following functions and duties:
Acting as Spokesperson for the Office by developing and proposing to the Director a media strategy to be adopted by ODIHR to generate public support and promote a better understanding of the work of ODIHR;
Developing ODIHR's public information strategy in order to raise awareness of ODIHR's work and increase public outreach, including on social media and supervising the production of ODIHR's publication programme;
Organizing and moderating press conferences on the results of election observation missions; Co-ordinating the participation of representatives of ODIHR and of OSCE bodies and facilitates the harmonization of their public messages;
Conceptualizing ODIHR's online operations and supervising the regular updating and maintaining of the website;
Performing other related duties as required.
Second-level university degree in social or political science, law, history, international relations, communications, journalism or another related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
At least eight years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of media work and/or press and public information preferably gained at an international organization, non-governmental organization or as a journalist;
Professional fluency in the English langauge, with excellent communication skills; working knowledge of other OSCE languages (preferably Russian);
Ability to convincingly present the activities and accomplishments of the Office to the public;
Professional knowledge of the OSCE and its democratization and human rights activities;
Computer literacy with practical experience in Microsoft applications and internet;
Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: http://www.osce.org/odihr
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
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
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,000 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
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 http://www.osce.org/states.
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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