Legal Officer - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Warsaw

This is an extra-budgetary position. The initial contract is for one year.

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 Office’s 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 programmes facilitating and enhancing participating states’ compliance with OSCE commitments towards the development of democratic structures.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
The incumbent works within the Legislative Support Unit which comprises 6 staff members within the Democratization Department, which, in response to requests from participating States, reviews legislation to assess compliance with international standards, particularly OSCE commitments.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Legislative Support Unit, the incumbent performs the following functions:
• developing and implementing democratic law-making activities and projects in the OSCE region; • conceptualizing, identifying, implementing and assessing legislative reform assistance schemes; • developing a system to institutionalize follow up and impact assessment of the Unit’s work; • monitoring legislative reform affecting the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the OSCE region in a comprehensive manner to support the work of LSU and the Department; • supporting the work of the Unit in relation to, and in questions of conformity of domestic legislation with OSCE commitments and other relevant standards.

Necessary Qualifications:
• University degree in Law with a specialization in human rights law, and/or democratic lawmaking standards; • Minimum of four years of professional work experience in law, including public administration, two of which on the international level; • Knowledge of and experience with democratic lawmaking, and/or impact assessment processes, and evaluation processes, would be an asset; • Familiarity with legislative developments in the countries in the OSCE region; • Knowledge of computer applications, especially web-site maintenance, html language, word processing; • Very good analytical, research, drafting and presentation skills; • Demonstrated project management skills and/or experience; • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities; • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian is an asset. . Remuneration:

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately EUR 4,000 (single rate) and approximately EUR 4,200 (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:
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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see .

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