International Consultants on Youth Participation in Political and Public Life (Roster)

Human Rights
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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. ODIHR is tasked with assisting OSCE participating States to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; to promote democratic elections; to abide by the rule of law; to promote principles of democracy; to build, strengthen and protect democratic institutions; and to promote tolerance throughout their societies. ODIHR has increasingly focused on youth in the Human Dimension context through its programmatic interventions over the past several years, specifically exploring issues proximate to youth political participation.

OSCE commitments on youth and security draw on the 1975 Helsinki Final Act,  which foresees the participation of young people across all three dimensions of security in the OSCE region. Additionally, OSCE participating States have acknowledged in the 2014 Basel Ministerial Council Declaration that “youth and children require particular attention and that their needs, concerns and interests should be addressed in a comprehensive manner”.  They have also recognized that “youth are an important part of society” and “the role that [youth] can play in supporting participating States in the implementation of commitments in all three dimensions” in the 2018 Milan Ministerial Council Declaration.  A comprehensive overview of the OSCE’s normative basis in the field of youth and education is provided by the “Compilation of OSCE Commitments on Youth and Security and Education. 


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 conduct one or multiple tasks from the following list:

1. Contribute to the development and drafting of new tools and knowledge products (incl. guides, handbooks, manuals, factsheets) in areas such as youth policies, laws on youth, and/or youth participation in political and public life. 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, NGOs, and/or youth-led/youth-serving organizations, e.g. National Youth Councils, Youth Advisory bodies, or similar organizations; 
3. Contributing to institutional processes in the OSCE participating States, by conducting youth assessments/audits and supporting the development of strategies, action plans, roadmaps, or other forms of policies;
4. Contributing with knowledge, expertise and tools to diverse programmes/activities which demand expert-level support when mainstreaming a youth perspective into democratic governance, inclusion and political participation, law and policy making.  

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 youth participation/inclusion field;
  • Demonstrated experience in youth-related and youth-targeted research/knowledge products development, capacity-building or organizational change design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience in applying innovative approaches, and developing sustainable programmes/activities will be considered an advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge of OSCE, UN, Council of Europe, and EU human rights standards, and of other international mechanisms promoting youth participation, e.g. CoE Advisory Council on Youth, Commonwealth Secretariat, and/or similar approaches;
  • 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 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

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

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