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Senior Communities Policy Adviser

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Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number: VNKOSS01935
Field of expertise: Human Rights
Functional level Senior professional
Number of posts: 1
Duty station: Prishtine / Pristina
Date of entry on duty: 3 September 2017
Deadline for applications: 27 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, community rights, political science, international relations, human and community rights, or equivalent professional experience;
-Extensive knowledge of international human and communities' rights standards and the legal framework in Kosovo;
-Knowledge of the applicable standards related to the return of refugees and displaced persons;
-Sound experience in developing research methodologies and analysing information from field sources as well as producing quality reports;
-Sound experience in project development and project cycle management;
-Ability to design and implement strategies for enhancing communities' rights;
-Knowledge of the political setting of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, including the mandate and structure of the international presence in Kosovo;
-Experience in undertaking policy and advocacy activities, particularly those targeting central-level stakeholders;  
-Proficient knowledge of the English language;
-Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
-Ability to produce analytical reports;
-Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
-Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a team member, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
-Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.

-Experience in negotiation/mediation;
-Knowledge of a local language;
-Previous experience in field missions, preferably in the South-Eastern Europe.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Communities Section, the Senior Communities Policy Adviser:
-Develops methodology and analyses the findings of proactive monitoring of institutions in Kosovo and the developments in the municipalities, the implementation and effective application of international standards and the legal framework in Kosovo with respect to communities' rights and policies;
-Identifies community-related issues, analyses their implications and advises on departmental policies to achieve measured improvement in the performance of the institutions in Kosovo in respecting communities' rights and policies. Follows up on the implementation of recommendations and policy decisions adopted;
-Supports the implementation of monitoring programmes throughout the OSCE Mission in Kosovo by providing expertise and guidance on issues of communities' rights and policies;
-Plans and draft reports related to communities' rights;
-Drafts, implements and evaluates projects related to community rights;
-Advises the institutions on matters related to communities' rights and policies;
-Establishes and maintains contacts with representatives of institutions responsible for implementation of communities' rights, and non-Albanian communities' representatives and civil society. Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the communities' rights situation in Kosovo and the region;
-Facilitates dialogue between non-Albanian community representatives and relevant local institutions;
-Contributes to the creation and development of a long-term strategy of designing mechanisms to increase communities' public participation in Kosovo
-Liaises with other international organisations, including the relevant bodies within the Council of Europe, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and OSCE/ODIHR;
-Performs other duties as assigned.

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