International Consultants on Political Integrity (Roster)

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Background:

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. The ODIHR Democratic Governance and Gender Unit (DGGU) is tasked with assisting participating States to improve laws, institutions and democratic processes, with a focus on strengthening parliamentary integrity and ensuring a pluralist political party system, including transparency of political finance and political parties, and combating political corruption. 

ODIHR assists participating States in regulating political integrity in line with OSCE commitments, and in increasing the capacity of parliaments and other democratic institutions to carry out their legislative, representative and oversight functions. Over the past years, ODIHR has supported parliaments in the OSCE region in developing reform strategies, outreach, and legislative procedures in this regard.

ODIHR collaborates with a wide range of actors in its efforts to curb political corruption and address the role of money in politics. ODIHR has been providing legislative and technical assistance in regulating political finance and political parties for more than a decade, and it is recognised internationally as one of the leading assistance providers in this area.

Additionally, ODIHR is 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 Associate Democratic Governance Officer, the consultant will be:

1. Contributing to the development and drafting of new tools and knowledge products (incl. guides, handbooks, manuals, factsheets) in one of the above listed areas (strengthening parliamentary integrity, transparency of political finance and political parties, combating political corruption). 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 in hybrid format, capacity development programmes (incl. trainings, academies, workshops, coaching, mentoring study visits), targeting one or multiple target groups, like MPs, political parties’ representatives, civil servants, NGOs;
3. Contributing to institutional processes in the OSCE participating States, by conducting assessments of public integrity, political finance and corruption prevention mechanisms; and by supporting the development of strategies, action plans, roadmaps, or other forms of policies related to parliamentary ethics, regulation of political parties and their finances, including regulation of lobbying and conflict of interest;
4. Contributing with knowledge, expertise and tools to diverse programmes/activities which demand expert level support related to public integrity, democratic governance, political finance, corruption prevention, 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 (international relations, gender studies, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights) or equivalent working experience in the areas of the consultancy.    A post-graduate degree or PhD degree in social sciences is an advantage;
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels related to governance, public integrity, transparency of political finance and political parties, and corruption prevention;
  • Demonstrated experience in research, capacity building or organizational change design and implementation;
  • Excellent knowledge of international standards and practice relevant to public integrity, open government, parliamentary ethics, transparency of political party financing, corruption prevention;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications, including confident use of online meeting platforms;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
  • Excellent presentation and analytical skills;
  • 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:

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 https://vacancies.osce.org/.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


Only those candidates 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 qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization. 


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.


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


 

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