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Expert for developing a paper on lessons learned and generic guidance for comprehensive regional approach to hate crimes

Company Name
ODIHR (view profile)
Location Warsaw, Poland
Date Posted February 12, 2018
Category Human Rights
Job Type Consultant
Closing date for applications 2/25/2016
Experience Required 10+ years



ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. It is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law. ODIHR observes elections, reviews legislation and advises governments on how to develop and sustain democratic institutions. The Office conducts training programmes for government and law-enforcement officials and non-governmental organizations on how to uphold, promote and monitor human rights.

In February 2017, ODIHR launched a two-year project “Building a Comprehensive Criminal Justice Response to Hate Crime” to help improve the skills of and collaboration among criminal justice professionals within each of four OSCE countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Poland – and to improve their co-operation with civil society, to contribute to the building of a comprehensive criminal justice response to hate crime in each of these countries.

In Italy, ODIHR together with its implementing partner the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC) in Milan, has undertaken a comprehensive approach in addressing hate crimes on a regional level in Lombardy. The project, in cooperation with the Decentralized Formation of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, organized training for magistrates on addressing hate crimes according to its Prosecutors and Hate Crime Training (PAHCT) Programme in Milan in May 2017. The training brought 30 magistrates from the region of Lombardy to learn about the concept of hate crime, identification of bias indicators, national and regional standards as well as national legislation regarding hate crimes. Also in cooperation with the Observatory for Security against Acts of Discrimination (OSCAD) the project organized a similar training for representatives of the State Police and Carabinieri from Lombardy according to ODIHRs Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) Programme is Milan in September 2017.
In order to achieve full inclusion of stakeholders, two sets of trainings were organized for lawyers and civil society organizations dealing with victims of hate crimes. These trainings were organized in cooperation with the Milan Bar Association who provided significant support in its organization and implementation.

Apart from the capacity building component in Italy, the UCSC is also currently conducting a study on hate crime data collection by the Court of Milan. The appointed researcher is currently reviewing all decisions for voluntary identification by magistrates of cases relating to hate crimes, analyze the sentences imposed and their enforcement. The UCSC and the Court will also raise awareness among magistrates on hate crimes and propose ways to improve the registration and data collection. The activity will finalize in a document summarizing the analysis, findings and recommendations for actions to improve hate crime recording at the court and publish it online.
In order to present the achievements of the abovementioned project activities a paper compiling the lessons learned of the regional approach in addressing hate crimes needs to be produced. The paper should outline the entire process, methodologies, steps undertaken, lessons learned as well as challenges faced during the preparation and implementation of the activities in Lombardy. It should demonstrate the piloting of a comprehensive regional approach in addressing hate crimes and identify how a regional strategy might be replicated in other areas of the country. The compilation of lessons learned will accompany the training materials for the specific targeted trainings as well as the study on the hate crime data collection by the Court of Milan. While the latter will be presented as the actual products of the project, the compilation paper needs to show the best practices of the process that led to their production.

The compilation paper will be presented and disseminated at a national workshop planned for June 2018 where representatives from police, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and civil society from entire Italy will discuss their regional experiences and provide insight on possible improvements or replication of project activities in other regions of the country.

With the purpose to spread the good practices and lessons learned across the OSCE area a generic guidance for regional comprehensive approach to hate crimes needs to be developed. It will be based on the experiences from Lombardy as well as the conclusions and recommendations of the national workshop. The generic guidance should present the methodological principles for successful development of a comprehensive regional approach in addressing hate crimes. It should list the relevant stakeholders, the preparation and organization of the training programmes, the design and methodology of the study on the court data collection and other inputs which would enable other countries to implement the regional approach within their own regions.

ODIHR therefore requires the services of an expert with knowledge of designing regional policies in addressing hate crimes in order to produce the paper compiling the lessons learned from Lombardy and develop the generic guidance for regional comprehensive approach to hate crimes.

Tasks and Deliverables

The expert will be tasked with the following:

• Develop a national compilation paper (approximately 20 pages) for activities in Lombardy, outlining the process of designing the comprehensive regional approach on addressing hate crimes including both the capacity building component and the study on hate crime data collection by the Court of Milan. Assess all available documentation, consult with project staff and representatives from the UCSC, OSCAD, civil society, Milan Bar Association, and the Decentralized Formation of the Supreme Council of Magistracy to collate information for the draft. Present the draft paper at the national workshop in Italy and finalize it according to conclusions from the workshop.

• Produce a generic guidance (approximately 20 pages) for regional comprehensive approach to hate crimes. Liaise with ODIHR and partners to ensure that a full consultative approach is taken in designing the methodology. Draft the generic version of the methodology in a manner which can be replicated in other countries interested to undertake this kind of activities in their own regions.

Necessary Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

• Advanced university degree in law, social/political sciences or related disciplines;
• Extensive knowledge of legal and other instruments for combating and monitoring hate crimes and promoting tolerance and mutual respect;
• A minimum of five years of professional experience working on the topic of hate crimes, discrimination and/or hate speech;
• Proven participation in drafting of policies and methodologies on inter-institutional cooperation on criminal law matters (preferably on hate crimes);
• Experience in organizing educational events on hate crimes, discrimination and/or hate speech;
• Ability to write papers in a clear and systematic manner;
• Professional knowledge of English language.

Period of Assignment and Remuneration

The assignment is for up to 22 working days between 19 March 2018 and 30 July 2018.

Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and will be in accordance with OSCE established rates.

Travel expenses will be covered by ODIHR according to OSCE travel policy.

How to Apply

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

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.
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