International Consultants on Gender Equality in Political Life (Roster)

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The recruitment is for the ODIHR Experts roster.

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. OSCE participating States have recognized the promotion of gender equality as intrinsic to the concept of comprehensive security. Equal rights and opportunities for women and men are fundamental to achieving and sustaining comprehensive security. The foundations for the OSCE commitments rest on key international documents such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979; the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, 1995; United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 2000; and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as defined in Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015. 

In line with the 2004 OSCE Action Plan on the Promotion of Gender Equality, ODIHR is directly tasked with assisting OSCE participating States in: 

1.    advancing women’s participation in political and public life and promoting gender-responsive decision making at all levels of governance, including preventing violence against women in politics;
2.    strengthening governmental institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women and of gender equality, and overall supporting gender mainstreaming in public life; and
3.    supporting democratic institutions, like parliaments and political parties, in becoming gender sensitive institutions, and in that way producing and implementing gender responsive policies.

Additionally, ODIHR is also tasked to ensure that all its programmes and activities are mainstreaming a gender perspective into all areas of work. 


Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Democratic Governance and Gender Unit, Democratization Department, and in close cooperation with the Adviser on Gender Issues and the Associate Gender Officer, the consultant will conduct one or multiple tasks from the following list:

1. Contributing to the development and drafting of new tools and knowledge products (incl. guides, handbooks, manuals, factsheets) in one of the three above listed areas (women’s political participation, preventing violence against women in politics, institutional mechanisms, gender sensitive institutions). This assignment might include the conceptualization of research, incl. the development of research methods and tools, data collection and analysis, and actual drafting of the tools/products;
2. Conceptualizing, developing and delivering online, offline or hybrid capacity development programmes (incl. trainings, academies, workshops, coaching, mentoring study visits), targeting one or multiple target groups, like women (and men) aspiring for politics, MPs, civil servants, NGO/women’s movement representatives;
3. Contributing to institutional processes in the OSCE participating States, by conducting gender assessments/audits and supporting the development of strategies, action plans, roadmaps, or other forms of policies, providing expert advice in the evaluation of the current gender-mainstreaming work of the Democratization Department and providing expert advice on improving ODIHR systems and gender equality procedures.
4. Contributing with knowledge, expertise and tools to diverse programmes/activities which demand expert level support when mainstreaming a gender perspective into democratic governance, inclusion and political participation, law and policy making, and overall developments related to rule of law and democratic institutions.


Necessary Skills and Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree preferably in social sciences or equivalent working experience in the area of the consultancy. A post-graduate degree or PhD degree will be considered an advantage;
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights and gender equality field, including at least six years of professional experience in gender-related and gender-targeted research/knowledge products development, capacity building programmes and/or organizational change;
  • Demonstrated experience in applying innovative approaches, engaging men for gender equality and developing sustainable programmes/activities will be considered an advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge of OSCE, UN, Council of Europe, and EU human rights and gender equality standards;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Russian language will be considered an advantage;
  • Demonstrated gender and diversity awareness and sensitivity, and an excellent ability to integrate a gender and diversity perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work flexibly, alone or within a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and other backgrounds.



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

How to Apply:


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/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds, incl. people with disabilities. 

As men are underrepresented in the area of gender equality programming, we encourage male candidates to apply.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.


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