Senior Legal Assistant (G6)

Legal Affairs
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OSCE field operations are the front line of the OSCE’s engagement on the ground, supporting host authorities in fulfilling OSCE commitments and implementing a comprehensive approach to security. The OSCE Mission to Skopje is the Organization's longest-serving field operation working on inter-ethnic relations, early warning, the rule of law, democratic governance, transnational threats and police reform.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Compliance Officer, the incumbent provides legal, administrative, and clerical support to the Mission, as well as thematic support in the rule of law and human rights field through research, implementation of projects activities, preparation of documents or participation in meetings. More specifically, they are responsible for: 

  1. Contributing to the planning/designing and implementation of Human Dimension Department programmatic activities, especially in the delivery of training and capacity building in the rule of law and human rights field; 

  2. Following developments of the international fair trial and human rights standards and monitoring of trials, as required;

  3. Assisting the National Legal Officer in providing legal and administrative support to the Mission by reviewing projects, implementing partner agreements, memorandums of understanding, donation agreements and commercial contracts, verifying/checking compliance with the Common Regulatory Management System, providing inputs for verbal notes, addressing individual cases involving Mission Members and Mission interests, etc.;

  4. Under the overall guidance of the National Legal Officer, assisting in providing opinions/inputs/comments on applicable or draft legislation, draft publications and pertinent legal issues, used for information and future reference;

  5. In support of the National Legal Officer, liaising with the Office of Legal Affairs in the Secretariat, and with national and international partner institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Court, Judicial Academy, courts, European Union and United Nations offices in the host country etc;

  6. Translating legal documents and correspondence, and interpreting at meetings with relevant interlocutors, as needed;

  7. Providing regular updates to Mission Members on publications in the Official Gazette and other relevant legal developments;

  8. Acting as replacement of the National Legal Officer in his/her absence;

  9. Performing other duties as assigned.  

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of North Macedonia;

  • Completed secondary education supplemented by studies or vocational training in legal matters;

  • Minimum 6 years of relevant working experience, preferably in legal affairs or in the rule of law field, in national or international institution dealing with human rights and legal issues;

  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;

  • Knowledge and experience in translating legal documents and in interpretation at meetings or interviews;

  • Demonstrated ability for acting with sensitivity, discretion and confidentiality;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Macedonian languages, specifically in legal terminology. Knowledge of other local languages would be an asset;

  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;

  • 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.


Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions, is approximately EUR 1,564.00. 

Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance and the OSCE Provident Fund. 

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale. At the discretion of the appointing authority a higher step may be approved up to a maximum of step 3 subject to specific conditions.


If you wish to apply, please use the OSCE's online application link found under 

Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Online Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered.

The recruitment procedure may take up to two months and we will be in further contact with you only if you are selected for an interview. The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer the position with modified terms of reference or a different duration.

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

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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