Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism

Warsaw | Poland

Job Title: Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism
Organization Name: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Location: Warsaw
Grade: P3

Closing Date of application: 06-12-2015


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. The 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. The ODIHR’s assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with the ODIHR’s mandate.

Under the Maastricht Ministerial Council Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, the ODIHR was given the task to serve as a collection point for information and statistics on hate crimes, including on forms of violent manifestations of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance and to report regularly on these issues. On 28-29 April 2004, an OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism was held in Berlin which resulted in the “Berlin Declaration”, which laid the basis for the Permanent Council Decision No. 607, which was endorsed by the Sofia Ministerial Council (MC.DEC 12/04). This decision tasked ODIHR with closely following anti-Semitic incidents in the OSCE area making use of all reliable information available; reporting its findings; collecting and disseminating information on best practices for preventing and responding to anti-Semitism; offering advice to participating States in their efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

The Ljubljana Ministerial Council Decision (MC.DEC 10/05) further tasked the ODIHR to provide expertise and assistance to participating States in developing methods and curricula for education on and remembrance of the Holocaust and education on anti-Semitism, including curricula related to contemporary forms of anti-Semitism in participating States.

Required competencies:

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Tasks and Responsibilities:
The Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism will be responsible for developing and implementing all programme activities and projects related to (combating) anti-Semitism and will be responsible for ensuring the overall implementation of taskings given to the ODIHR in MC.DEC 12/04, MC.DEC 10/05 and other relevant Ministerial and Permanent Council Decisions through the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reporting manifestations of anti-Semitism, in particular hate crimes, with a focus on the response of governmental authorities and on good practices, including co-ordination of the inclusion of relevant information into reports and the Tolerance and Non Discrimination Information System (TANDIS) and through the development of manuals, experts workshops and public events;
  • Providing analysis and advice on issues related to anti-Semitism and recommending interventions to the ODIHR management; preparing background reports;
  • Developing and managing projects and activities aimed at combating anti-Semitism and at the promotion of the remembrance of the Holocaust;
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with relevant stakeholders on issues and programmes related to (combating) anti-Semitism, such as governmental authorities, national, regional and international organizations, academic institutions and NGOs;
  • Providing support to the Personal Representative of the Chair-in-Office (CiO PR) on Combating Anti-Semitism in the form of sharing information on priorities and main stakeholders in the area of preventing and responding to anti-Semitism and providing support to country visits;
  • Performing other duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications:
- First-level university degree in international relations, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights;
- A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field, preferably in the field of combating anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance;
- Excellent understanding of issues relating to anti-Semitism;
- Sound political judgment, outstanding analytical and writing skills;
- Familiarity with regional and international initiatives to anti-Semitism and experience in the development and implementation of educational programmes for combating anti-Semitism;
- Knowledge of international human rights standards;
- Excellent experience in project design and implementation, preferably in the field of combating anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance;
- Experience in monitoring and reporting on incidents of anti-Semitism;
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Initiative, organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team; training and presentation skills desirable;
- Professional fluency in English with good drafting skills is essential; knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Remuneration Package:
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately EUR 5,000 (single rate) and approximately EUR 5,390 (dependency rate). OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland.

Social security will include participation in the Cigna 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.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

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.

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The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

No application fees or information with respect to bank account details are required by OSCE for our recruitment process.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw | Poland
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-06

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