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OSCE Mission in Kosovo

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Human Rights Adviser

Human Rights Adviser


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Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number: VNKOSS02177
Vacancy type: International Seconded
Field of expertise: Human Rights
Functional level: Senior professional
Grade: S2
Number of posts: 1
Duty station: Gjilan / Gnjilane
Date of issue: 22 May 2019
Deadline for application: 11 June 2019 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty: 11 November 2019

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:

  • Second-level university degree in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports

Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


  • Second-level university degree in a relevant field


  • Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Knowledge of human rights aspects of criminal justice work (policy and procedure);
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgement to local conditions and communities;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills;
  • 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.


  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system in the mission area;
  • Work experience in law enforcement within transitional societies;
  • Work experience in capacity building activities within governmental and judicial structures;
  • Knowledge of the local languages or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area;
  • Knowledge of international and European legal standards.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director of Regional Centre, the Human Rights Adviser will be tasked with:

  1. Monitoring the regional human rights and criminal justice institutions and providing advice on measures towards ensuring compliance with applicable international and European human rights standards;
  2. Identifying and reporting on specific human right cases, trends and issues;
  3. Raising awareness of regional criminal justice institutions on human rights and sustainable human rights capacity and compliance;
  4. Identifying human rights related capacity building needs and advising the regional human rights institutions on actions, strategies and policies that address those needs;
  5. Providing specific recommendations, when appropriate, to the relevant institutions within Kosovo;
  6. Drafting thematic and performance reports;
  7. Liaising with other teams; and
  8. Performing other duties as required.

For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see http://www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo

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 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.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.