Human Rights
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NOTE: Post title is proposed to be changed to "Reporting and Review Officer" that is subject to PC approval of the 2022 UB.


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:



First-level university degree in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields



Minimum 2 years of relevant, professional experience in the areas of law, human rights, minority and/or gender issues


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


- First-level university degree in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields;
- Minimum 2 years of relevant, professional experience in the areas of law, human rights, minority and/or gender issues;
- Knowledge of European and international human rights conventions and their practical implementation; 
- Demonstrable organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
- Great communication skills, including the capacity to convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion for different audiences;
- Strong analytical, problem solving, advocacy and mediation/facilitation skills;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, with ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Professional fluency in English with  excellent oral and drafting skills;
- Flexibility, patience and an open-mindedness;
- Computer proficiency especially in word processing and email;
- 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 local language would be an asset.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Human Rights, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

1. Drafting policy documents, especially in the areas of discrimination, fundamental freedoms, economic and social rights and minority rights;

2. Drafting policy documents and reports for internal and external distribution, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the Human Rights Section and Human Dimension Department’s objectives and the Mission’s mandate;

3. Drafting background material for internal and external meetings of Mission Senior Staff related to human rights, including talking points, speeches, briefing packs, and policy messages;

4. Co-ordinating and producing Section’s inputs to all Mission reporting mechanisms including Weekly and Monthly Activity Reports, Project Summary/Concept documents, Project Proposal, Self-Evaluation Report, etc., and Section’s initiatives such as research papers and spotlight reports; 

5. Alerting and advising the Head of Section on any issues which could require a response or action by the Section, as well as upcoming important human rights days, and preparing regular and ad-hoc reports on identified areas;

6. Providing timely and accurate information and advice to the Head of Section on human rights progress and trends relevant to the implementation and future planning of the Mission’s Human Rights portfolios through routine reporting, background papers, and thematic assessment;

7. Monitoring and promoting the rights of national minorities, with a particular focus on Roma, and designing and participating in awareness-raising activities concerning  rights of vulnerable groups;

8. Providing recommendations on improvement of BiH human rights policies;

9. Co-ordinating activities with other sections and departments of the Mission;  

10. Performing other duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see: https://www.osce.org/mission-to-bosnia-and-herzegovina



Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified femaleand male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. 

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 https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

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: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.

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