Associate Human Rights Officer

Warsaw, Poland
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Associate Human Rights Officer

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ISSUED BY: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


VACANCY TYPE: International Seconded





DATE OF ISSUE: 4 February 2019

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 1 April 2019 – 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities. Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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.

The ODIHR Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism Programme operates under the auspices of ODIHR’s Department of Human Rights. The Programme’s principle objective is to assist OSCE participating States in developing and implementing innovative, effective and human rights-compliant counter-terrorism measures by facilitating cooperation between state and non-governmental actors and by promoting States’ compliance with international human rights standards and OSCE human dimension commitments.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervison of the Adviser on Anti-Terrorism Issues, the Associate Human Rights Officer shall perform the following functions and duties:

  1. Monitoring and analysing national anti-terrorism legislation and practices and country-specific developments with regard to factors that may violate human rights or engender terrorism or relate to the prevention of terrorism and of violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT);
  2. Preparing general and issue-specific reports and/or other background materials related to human rights in the prevention and combating of terrorism for ODIHR management;
  3. Assisting with identifying, developing and implementing programmatic activities and projects, including training on key human rights issues arising in the anti-terrorism context for/with non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, governmental authorities and OSCE staff and missions;
  4. Responding to requests to ODIHR for information about the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments in preventing and countering terrorism and VERLT;
  5. Building alliances and networks with independent experts, international and national governmental and non-governmental actors;
  6. Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

  • First-level university degree in law or related field, preferably with a specialization in human rights;
  • At least four years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human rights and/or criminal justice, including experience at the international level;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN and CoE human rights standards and OSCE human dimension commitments;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing projects and delivering presentation at conferences; ability and experience in designing and providing training is an asset;
  • Familiarity with capacity building initiatives in the criminal justice, police and/or security sectors, or working knowledge of international legal standards as applied in terrorism, war crimes or serious organised crime cases is an asset;
  • Professional fluency in the English langauge; working knowledge of Russian and/or other OSCE languages is an asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.
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