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Project Officer*

Warsaw (Poland)


*This is a short-term position until 31/12/2018 with the possibility of extension subject to budget availability.

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 OSCE's 2014 Basel Ministerial Council Declaration No. 8 tasked ODIHR to: offer to participating States best practices on efforts to counter anti-Semitism, including by consulting civil society, to effectively identify and address contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism; facilitate the exchange of best practices among participating States on educational initiatives and other measures to raise awareness of anti-Semitism and overcome challenges to Holocaust education; and promote dialogue and strengthen the capacity of civil society to foster mutual respect and understanding in order to advance the cause of co-operation between different communities.

The Office is now implementing the Turning Words Into Action to Address Anti-Semitism project, funded by extra budgetary contributions from the Federal Republic of Germany, to strengthen the capacity of OSCE participating States and civil society to prevent and respond to contemporary anti-Semitism. The project has three components dealing with security, education and coalition-building respectively.

Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the general supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Officer will perform the following functions:

  1. Organizing meetings, seminars, workshops, roundtables and conferences with a focus on anti-Semitic hate crime and security of Jewish communities;
  2. Assisting in the organization of needs assessments missions to produce reports on the human rights situation for Jewish in relevant participating States;
  3. Conducting research and analysis on human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination issues including anti-Semitism and hate crime;
  4. Preparing, organizing and implementing project activities with a specific focus on the project security and coalition-building components;
  5. Overseeing all financial, administrative and organizational activities related to the security component of the project;
  6. Preparing talking points, speeches and background materials;
  7. Performs other related duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications    
  • First-level university degree in human rights, international relations, development studies or education;
  • At least 6 years (full-time equivalent) of relevant professional experience in the field of human rights and/or anti-discrimination and/or hate crime/security;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and monitoring of projects, in particular donor-funded projects;
  • Proven experience of working in coalitions, with implementing partners or sub-grantee civil society organizations;
  • Knowledge of the varying forms of anti-Semitism across the OSCE area, and how it affects communities, is an advantage;
  • Proven experience in facilitating workshops;
  • Excellent analytical, drafting and research skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, under time pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of French, Russian and/or German is desirable; knowledge of other official OSCE languages would be an asset.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see:

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
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. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

Travel expenses will be covered by ODIHR according to OSCE travel policy.

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

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review 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.

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  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-17

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