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Deputy Head, Human Rights Department

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Company Name
ODIHR (view profile)
Location Warsaw, Poland
Date Posted May 11, 2017
Category Human Rights
Job Type Full Time
Closing date for applications 31/05/2017
Experience Required 5+ years



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.

In line with ODIHR’s mandate, the Human Rights Department assists participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in general, and in areas that lie at the intersection between
human rights and security. Functions covered by the Department include the monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise, technical assistance as well as training and capacity
building, to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Human Rights Department, the incumbent performs the following functions:
- Contributing to the formulation of the ODIHR's human rights strategies and the Department’s programme of work, budget and work plan;
- Managing, co-ordinating and supervising the staff and financial resources of the Human Rights Department;
- Providing guidance to staff on the implementation of the Department’s activities and ensuring quality control;
- Clearing, co-ordinating the preparation of and, as relevant, drafting the Department’s written outputs;
- Developing and maintaining relations with the OSCE participating States and government officials, OSCE Secretariat, other Institutions and Field operations, as well as with international organizations, academic institutions, experts and NGOs on human rights issues;
- Representing ODIHR and the Department at meetings and external events;
- Assisting the Head of the Department in managing the overall work of the Department, in conceptualising and developing programs on the promotion and protection of human rights, including through the identification of key partners, the development of budgets and implementation plans, and the evaluation of and reporting on activities;
- Identifying strategic opportunities, emerging issues and trends for the for the Head of Department for possible ODIHR involvement and/or input with a view to shaping and influencing the policy discussions and decision-making of the OSCE. For example, the Human Dimension and Security Committees, the Permanent Council, the Ministerial Council and major conferences and events of inter alia the OSCE, the UN and the Council of Europe;
- Leading or contributing to the strategic planning of programmatic activities, development of annual plans, managing and administering aspects of the Human Rights Department’s activities, ensuring budget implementation scheduling of timely and quality reporting;
- Assisting the Head of the Department in overseeing the implementation of projects in thematic human rights areas including human rights defenders, national human rights institutions, human rights education, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion or belief, human rights, gender and security, human rights and anti-terrorism, torture prevention and anti-trafficking;
- Co-ordinating and supervising the staff as delegated and supporting the Head of Department in the supervision of designated tasks and activities of the professional or administrative staff of the Department;
- Representing the Human Rights Department at external events, conferences, and in dealings with OSCE executive structures, institutions and Field presences or from other international organisations (e.g. UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Council of Europe) participating States, and civil society;
- Participating in and conducting human rights field assessments and research as well as drafting of thematic and country-specific reports;
- Co-ordinating and providing substantive input to Department-led activities, including Human Dimension events;
- Drafting departmental input for the ODIHR and OSCE annual reports, as well as other internal and external reports;
- Performing other duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications:

- Advanced university degree in human rights, political science, law or related field;
- A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, preferably in an international environment;
- Management experience is essential;
- Field experience and work in international organizations is desirable;
- Demonstrated experience in project management;
- Knowledge of and experience in human right issues in the OSCE area;
- Excellent knowledge of English with excellent writing skills is required; knowledge of Russian is desirable; knowledge of other OSCE working languages is an asset;
- Excellent drafting, editing and presentation skills;
- 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;
- Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, for different types of monitoring missions.

Remuneration Package:

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.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

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

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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