Head Tolerance and Non-Discrimination
Deadline for application: 28 April 2014
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (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’s assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s mandate.
The ODIHR’s Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (TND) Department comprising 16 staff members, provides support to participating States in implementing their OSCE commitments and in strengthening their efforts to prevent and respond to hate crimes; promote mutual respect and understanding; and ensure freedom of religion or belief. TND is recruiting a Head.
Tasks and responsibilities
The Head Tolerance and Non-Discrimination works within the delegated authority and under the overall guidance of the Director, under the direct supervision of the First Deputy Director of the ODIHR, and contributes to the overall ODIHR strategy, programme and activities by identifying tolerance and non-discrimination issues and by providing solutions through identified possibilities for technical assistance and various policy options. More specifically, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Advising and assisting the leadership of the OSCE with the definition of priorities on tolerance and non-discrimination, including the identification of programmatic priorities and proposals for actions and/or interventions.
• Shaping and implementing the strategy of OSCE/ODIHR on tolerance and non-discrimination.
• Co-ordinating the preparation of OSCE/ODIHR’s programmatic and financial documents in the framework of the Unified Budget Cycle, including planning and reporting.
• Supervising the development of programmatic activities in line with OSCE/ODIHR’s strategic priorities; ensuring proper planning and overseeing implementation of activities, including key events and publications; overseeing the development of the technical assistance programme.
• Initiating fund raising activities and soliciting voluntary contributions from potential donors; co-ordinating the development of programme proposals in co-ordination with relevant colleagues.
• Managing human and financial resources allocated to the Department, including selecting, supervising and guiding staff, as well as evaluating their performance to ensure timely and effective completion of tasks; ensuring that all actions performed by the Department are in line with the rules and regulations of the OSCE.
• Overseeing the supervision of external consultants, resource persons and specialized institutions for thematic input on tolerance and non-discrimination issues.
• Establishing and maintaining relationships with key partners and relevant organizations, including government officials, OSCE institutions and field operations, Chairperson-in-Office and other relevant international organizations.
• Representing the Office at international conferences and meetings.
• Performing other duties as required.
• Advanced degree in human rights, political science, law or related field.
• A minimum of ten to twelve years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or related fields, preferably in an international environment.
• Extensive managerial and supervisory experience is essential; demonstrated experience in project management.
• Practical field experience and experience in working for an international organization is desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment on politically sensitive subject matters.
• Professional fluency in English, including excellent drafting skills, is essential; working knowledge of one or more OSCE languages is desirable.
• Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions, is approximately EUR 7144 (single rate) and approximately EUR 7690 (dependency rate). OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Vanbreda International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7,5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
How to apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating states. The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years. Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.