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Senior Communities Officer (S2)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kos
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • 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:


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university degree in law, political science, international relations or equivalent academic or professional experience;
  • Sound knowledge of communities’ rights standards and international human rights standards, preferably in post-conflict areas or areas under transition;
  • Management experience and team-building ability;
  • International field work experience in monitoring and reporting;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Strong drafting skills and ability to produce factual reports within strict 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;
  • Positive and co-operative outlook;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited times frames;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and the ability to drive using manual transmission is a requirement for this post. New hires will be required to pass an OMIK administered driving test using a manual transmission vehicle within six months.



  • Knowledge of one or more local languages;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and legal system of the mission area;
  • Demonstrated negotiation, mediation and/or conflict resolution skills;
  • Experience in project cycle management.


Tasks and Responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Centre (RC) and the overall supervision of the Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department (HRCD), the Senior Communities Officer works within one of the Regional Centres of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and is in charge of the field implementation of the Communities Section thematic and project portfolios under the Human Rights and Communities Department (HRCD) programme. The Senior Communities Officer will be tasked with:


  1. Providing guidance and supervising the HRCD Communities staff in the RC, in co-operation with the RC Director and in co-ordination with the Communities Section at the HRCD Headquarter, managing their performance and outputs in line with overall HRCD project objectives; Co-ordinating the work of the HRCD Communities staff in the RC and facilitating their field monitoring tasks, thematic advocacy and project activity implementation, contributing also to project monitoring and evaluation relevant to the field;
  2. Establishing the most adequate line of action to promote and protect communities’ rights in the RC area of responsibility, within the overall thematic and project framework set by the Communities Section at the HRCD Headquarter, in co-operation and synergy with the RC Director and other Senior professionals based in the RC;
  3. Compiling and ensuring regular reports on monitoring, thematic advocacy and project activities of all Communities staff in the RC, and submitting those reports to the RC Director and the Communities Section at the HRCD Headquarter, and, at their request, drafting specific spot reports;
  4. Performing other duties as assigned.       

For more information on the 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.

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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