Rule of Law Officer, ODIHR (VNODIS00616)

Warsaw | Poland


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.

The Offices democratization activities include the following thematic areas: rule of law, democratic governance and gender, migration and freedom of movement, and legislative support. The ODIHR implements targeted assistance programs facilitating and enhancing participating States compliance with OSCE commitments towards the development of democratic structures. The purpose of the Democratization Departments Rule of Law Unit is to strengthen the supremacy of law in compliance with OSCE principles and international law within the human dimension. Towards that end, the Rule of Law Unit currently conducts a portfolio of projects and activities in the area of judicial independence, criminal and administrative justice reform, trial monitoring and fair trial rights and electoral dispute resolution in the OSCE region.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

· University degree in Law;

· A minimum of six years of professional work experience in the area of rule of law development or policy issues relating to law, and at least three years of relevant experience at the international level working in the field of rule of law development is required; previous working experience as a judge, prosecutor or lawyer is an asset;

· Thorough knowledge of rule of law principles in international law and their application in national legal frameworks;

· Sound knowledge of international human rights standards as relevant to the rule of law is essential; political intuition, organizational and strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;

· Ability to work with minimal supervision and under time pressure;

· Ability to operate Microsoft Windows applications;

· Excellent knowledge of English with good drafting skills is required; knowledge of Russian would be an asset;

· Ability and willingness to work as a member of a multinational team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;

· Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief, Rule of Law Unit, the Rule of Law Officer will perform the following functions:

· Conducting research, analysis, and assessments on rule of law issues with a particular focus on judicial reform, criminal and administrative justice, including the effective resolution of electoral disputes;

· Monitoring rule of law developments in the OSCE region, particularly in the countries where the ODIHR carries out programmes; providing briefings to the ODIHR and OSCE officials on selected rule of law issues;

· Developing, implementing and evaluating ODIHR projects and activities on selected rule of law issues, with a focus on strengthening capacity of institutions and civil society actors;

· Providing professional advice and expertise to the ODIHR, the OSCE institutions and field operations, governmental and non-governmental agencies in the OSCE participating States;

· Performing other related duties as required.

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Rule of Law Officer

Area of Expertise: Rule of Law

Vacancy Number: VNODIS00616

Duty Station: Warsaw, Poland

Apply by: 7 December for full consideration

View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by 7 December. Only finalists will be contacted. PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

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:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-07

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