Deputy Director, Human Rights and Communities

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  • Requisition ID: OFF000014
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S4
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Posting Date: Aug 30, 2021
  • External Closing Date: Oct 7, 2021
  • Target Start Date: Nov 1, 2021
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Job Level: Senior Professional
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Master's Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

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:

  • Second-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:

Second-level university degree/certified training course in relevant field. Second-level university degree in a management discipline is an asset. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.

Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Significant management and supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge and experience working in human rights, rule of law, and/or non-majority community programmes;
  • Experience in quality control of programmes, reports and activities;
  • Experience in writing and editing analytical reports;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural/ religious backgrounds and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity; Ability to foster a collegial, inclusive work environment;
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail; and,
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within tight deadlines.


  • Second-level university degree in a management discipline;
  • Knowledge of local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the Mission area;
  • Education in and experience with the continental European legal system;
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming of programmes;
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments; and/or,
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles, commitments and OSCE monitoring.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Deputy Director assists the Director to ensure the effective overall management of the Department. Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Department of Human Rights and Communities the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Assisting the Director in co-ordinating Department strategy, policy, programme and budget;
  2. Ensuring quality control of Department programmes, reports and activities by analysing strengths and weaknesses, proposing necessary improvements, working with Department staff to ensure topical and impactful work product; and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Department;
  3. Supervising gender mainstreaming within budgetary and non-budgetary activities of the Department;
  4. Ensuring that communication between the Department’s field and headquarters’ staff are close and co-ordinated; responsible for consistently transmitting Departmental policy to the field, ensuring that OSCE Regional Centres are well integrated in the Department;
  5. Assisting the Director in determining staffing requirements and proactively addressing personnel issues;
  6. Establishing working relations with external partners including other international organizations working in the field of human rights, representatives of Kosovo institutions, and local and international NGOs;
  7. Serving as Acting Director of the Department for Human Rights and Communities during the Director’s absence;
  8. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director, by up to 30%.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see:

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

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

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:

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