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OSCE Mission in Kosovo

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Senior Human Rights Adviser/Property

Senior Human Rights Adviser/Property


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Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number: VNKOSS01931
Field of expertise: Human Rights
Functional level Senior professional
Number of posts: 1
Duty station: Pristina
Date of entry on duty: 3 September 2017
Deadline for applications: 29 June 2017

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:
-University education 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:
-Advanced degree in a relevant field

-Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
-Advanced university degree in law, human rights or other related field/s;
-International field work experience in monitoring, reporting and/or policy-making on human rights issues;
-Experience in the area of property and housing law and/or cultural heritage;
-Experience in legal drafting or law reform projects;
-Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
-Professional fluency in the English language and capability to draft legal decisions under pressure and within short deadlines;
-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 judgment;
-Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
-Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.

-Previous work experience with drafting of legislation and rule of law reports
-Political knowledge/experience in the region and the legal system of the Mission area
-Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the Mission area

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Property, Cultural Heritage and Interfaith Dialogue Section, the Senior Human Rights Adviser/Property:
-Assists in developing and implementing policies on property related matters and cultural heritage in co-operation with the relevant property actors;
-Supports the work of and provides policy and legal advice to the property officers in the field in relation to property issues and cultural heritage;
-Reviews and analyses proposed legislation and applicable property and procedural law in light of relevant international and European human rights instruments;
-Facilitates activities for the promotion and protection of rights to property, adequate housing and cultural heritage;
-Identifies and analyses capacity building and awareness raising needs in the area of her/his responsibility and, when needed, supports the Organization on activities to promote property and housing rights and cultural heritage;
-Drafts thematic reports that address specific human rights issues/concerns related to property and housing rights and cultural heritage;
-Performs other tasks as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see www.osce.org/kosovo

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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.