Legal Officer

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  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: LAW00001W
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S1
  • Job Level: Professional
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Posting Date: Feb 22, 2022
  • Closing Date: Apr 4, 2022
  • Target Start Date: May 16, 2022
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-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:

  • First-level university degree in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required
    for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree or equivalent experience

Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university degree in law, human rights or a related field;
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in law, human rights or a related field;
  • Professional fluency in English Language;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and writing skills;
  • 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;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Experience working on reforms to legal and policy frameworks, preferably in drafting and/or reviewing legislation and rule of law reports;
    Previous work experience in an international environment and/or experience in field missions;
  • Good knowledge of international human rights standards and rule of law principles;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system in the Mission area.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Law and Justice Section, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Participating in the review of the legal and policy framework in Kosovo – including reform and/or legislative proposals – for compliance with rule of law principles and human rights standards;
  2. Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the implementation of the legal and policy framework in Kosovo;
  3. Maintaining knowledge of the legal and policy framework in Kosovo and providing rapid analysis on developments to
  4. Department/Section/Other Units in the Mission, following up recommendations internally or with relevant external institutions;
  5. Drafting and implementing projects aimed at improving the legal and policy framework in Kosovo;
  6. Maintaining knowledge of international best practices related to rule of law and legal and policy reform;
  7. Performing other duties as required.

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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