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Senior Adviser (S2)

Kos | Pristina

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kos | Pristina
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: Closed

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 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:



First-level university degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university degree in law, human rights, political science, international relations, arts and cultural heritage, or any other related field; alternatively, a university degree in any of the aforementioned areas together with, at least, six years of working experience relevant for the position;
  • Six years of relevant work experience or coordinating role in the implementation of activities, monitoring and reporting, policy-making or legislative drafting, in the area of human rights, property rights, cultural heritage or inter-cultural dialogue;
  • Good knowledge of the main international human rights instruments;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Professional fluency in spoken English language;
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills in the English language with the ability to plan, elaborate, produce and review reports for publication falling within the programmatic priorities of the section;
  • 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; and
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of practical application of international human rights standards in his/her field of work, or standards related to cultural heritage protection or methodologies to foster inter-cultural dialogue-related activities;
  • Experience in drafting project proposals;
  • At least two years of proven management/supervisory experience;
  • Experience in reviewing draft legislation;
  • Knowledge of any of the local languages or most common lingua franca spoken in the Mission area;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system in the Mission area; and/or previous experience in OSCE field missions, preferably in South Eastern Europe.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Section (Property, Cultural Heritage and Inter-Faith Dialogue section), the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Acting as a main focal point on program activities and developing and implementing policies related to human rights, property rights, cultural heritage, interfaith or intercultural dialogue, as instructed by the supervisor;
  2. Being in charge of the planning and of the implementation of project activities as directed by the supervisor;
  3. Drafting, reviewing, and analysing primary and subsidiary legislation, policy documents, internal and external reports in areas under the Section’s portfolio, as instructed by the supervisor;
  4. Advising the Chief of Section and the management of the Department on the situation in areas under the Section’s portfolio, monitoring developments and identifying required actions;
  5. Identifying and analysing capacity building and awareness raising needs in her/his area of responsibility and providing support to the supervisor in identifying advocacy areas for the Section, the Human Rights and Communities Department;
    Identifying relevant stakeholders and maintaining regular contact with them, through the establishment of adequate fora as considered appropriate;
  6. Providing programmatic advice and training to OSCE staff in the field of human rights, on interfaith or inter-cultural dialogue, property rights, or cultural heritage-related issues, as requested;
  7. Representing the Section in meetings, seminars and/or conferences as considered appropriate;
  8. Performing other duties as assigned.

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.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


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:

Additional Information
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