Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Human Rights Adviser (Human Rights and Security)

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Job Description

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: 

  • First-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:



A first-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 the internal functioning of Criminal Justice institutions;
  • 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 Chief of Law and Justice Section, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:


  1. Monitoring the regional human rights and criminal justice institutions and provides 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;
  8. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see: 


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.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

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 well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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