Deputy Chief, Rule of Law Unit - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Warsaw

Closing date:  01 Jan 2012

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

The Rule of Law Unit within ODIHR’s Democratization Department focuses on strengthening the rule of law, and prioritizes judicial independence, fair trial monitoring, public law reform including criminal justice and administrative reform and judicial reform.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief, Rule of Law Unit, the incumbent will provide expert advice with respect to rule of law and human dimension issues and contribute to the development of programmes and policy options, including the development and implementation of rule of law projects. More specifically, he/she will perform the following duties:

• Designing and implementing ODIHR rule of law programme activities, including the management of administrative and financial aspects of Extra Budgetary projects; • Acting as a deputy for the Unit; • Co-ordinating and undertaking research and analysis on specific rule of law issues with a special emphasis on developments in the criminal justice sector and reform/strengthening capacity of legal institutions; • Representing ODIHR at international conferences, seminars and expert meetings on rule of law development work, including providing expertise and presentations on ODIHR rule of law activities; • Following political and legal developments in selected OSCE participating States, and providing briefings to ODIHR management and OSCE officials on rule of law issues, including presentations at regular ODIHR human dimension events; • Administering and implementing rule of law projects and activities, including their monitoring and evaluation; • Providing rule of law advice and expertise to ODIHR management and the OSCE field operations in the designated areas of responsibility; • Developing and maintaining regular contacts with legal professionals, project partners, and OSCE participating State stakeholders in the justice system; • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications: • Advanced university degree in law; • Good knowledge of public international law, constitutional law and comparative legal systems. Knowledge of human rights and democracy-building issues; • Minimum of six years of professional work experience in law, rule of law development or public administration, and at least three years of experience specifically in rule of law development in a country in transition to democracy; • Management experience in multi-cultural environment; • Proven experience in designing, planning and implementing project activities; demonstrated experience in project management; • Knowledge of the functioning of political institutions and government offices; • Political intuition; organizational and strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment; • Ability to work with minimum supervision; • Ability to advise high-level officials on rule of law and legal policy issues; • Excellent knowledge of English with very good drafting skills, in particular related to legal documents; • Knowledge of another OSCE language, particularly Russian, is an asset.

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 4,650 (single rate) and approximately EUR 4,980 (dependency rate). OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland.

Social security will include participation in the Vanbreda 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.
How to apply: 
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The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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.

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