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Ethics Adviser

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-02

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This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

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 the ODIHR's mandate.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervison of the Director of ODIHR, the incumbent of the position of Ethics Adviser shall provide advice and assistance in respect of ethics related developments throughout the Office, and advice on issues relating to gender mainstreaming in ODIHR's programmatic and non-programmatic work. More specifically, the Ethics Adviser will perform the following functions and duties:

  1. Maintaining regular contact with the OSCE Ethics Co-ordinator in the OSCE Secretariat on the overall Ethical Framework and its specific applicability in the ODIHR context;
  2. Initiating, recommending and supporting necessary policy advice to the Director and senior management, including the First Deputy Director and Second Deputy Director, on how to best incorporate gender mainstreaming in the Office activities to ensure compliance with the OSCE gender commitments;
  3. Supporting the implementation of the ODIHR Gender Mainstreaming Roadmap;
  4. Identifying learning and development needs pertaining to ethics and gender mainstreaming, and preparing briefing and learning sessions for ODIHR staff;
  5. Performing other related duties as assigned.

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

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree preferably in gender and women's studies, law, political science, social sciences, public policy, corporate ethics or related field;
  • At least six years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible experience in the field of systems design in ethical standards, ethics and compliance programmes, code of conduct, accountability and compliance frameworks, gender mainstreaming and women's rights gained at national and at international levels;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues relating to gender based discrimination and gender mainstreaming along with practical experience in applying gender mainstreaming as a strategy to achieve gender equality;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of regional and international good practices of gender mainstreaming;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe, EU and OSCE standards and commitments in the area of gender mainstreaming and gender equality;
  • Demonstrated experience in gender mainstreamed project design and implementation;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word-processing, email, internet and social media tools;
  • Professional fluency in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills in the said language; working knowledge other OSCE languages is an asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds.

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/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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


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