Human Rights Adviser
Deadline for application: 25 April 2013
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.
In accordance with the mandate of ODIHR, the Human Rights Department (HRD) is assisting participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. Areas of work covered by the Department include monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise and technical assistance to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments; supporting the development of effective human rights education and capacity building; enhancing the protection of human rights while countering terrorism; addressing the relationship between human rights, gender and the security sector; and emphasizing human rights aspects of combating trafficking in human beings.
The HRD is recruiting a Human Rights Adviser
Tasks and responsibilities
Under the general guidance and supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Rights Department, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Monitoring and analyzing implementation of OSCE Human Dimension commitments related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, including related national legislation and policies with a view to identifying key areas of concern, assisting in the provision of advice and recommendations, and preparing general and issue-specific reports and/or other background material on incidents, priority issues and situations for ODIHR management.
• Identifying, developing and implementing programme-related activities and projects on key human rights areas of concern to non-governmental organizations, governmental authorities and OSCE staff and missions, including preparing and co-ordinating meetings, capacity building, seminars, workshops and conferences.
• Building alliances and networks with independent experts, international and national governmental and non-governmental actors, to develop regional collaboration and share best practices, exchange information, co-ordinate activities and implement common programmes.
• Responding to requests to ODIHR on information about implementation of OSCE Human Dimension commitments related to human rights and fundamental freedoms in key areas of concern.
• Performing other related duties as assigned.
• University degree in law, political science, international relations or social sciences, specialization in human rights.
• At least six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights, including experience at the international level in an advisory function.
• Experience of designing and implementing projects; knowledge of results-based management would be an asset.
• Experience of human rights monitoring and reporting.
• Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights standards.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure.
• Discretion, tact and sound political judgement.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian would be highly desirable; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset.
• Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, for different types of monitoring missions.
• Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
• Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team; tact in dealing with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views, maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
All information about the job and how to apply can be found here.