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Head, Tolernace and Non-Discrimination

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: P-5, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-20

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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 institutions and processes, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and Roma and Sinti issues. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of ODIHR, please see:

Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the supervision of the First Deputy Director, as the Head,Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department you will perform the following functions:

  1. Advising and assisting the leadership of the OSCE with the definition of priorities on tolerance and non-discrimination;
  2. Shaping and implementing the strategy of ODIHR as related to tolerance and non-discrimination;  
  3. Managing human and financial resources allocated to the Department;
  4. Establishing and maintaining relationships with key partners and relevant organizations;
  5. Representing the Office at international conferences and meetings;
  6. Performing other related work as required.
Necessary Qualifications    
  • Second-level university degree in human rights, political science, law or a related field is required;
  • At least ten years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible professional experience in human rights or related field, preferably gained in an international environment;
  • Leadership skills and managerial experience, including the ability to lead the team with a clearly formulated vision, provide a clear direction, effectively distribute roles and responsibilities to each team member in implementing plans, as well as effectively manage financial and other program resources;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including technical knowledge of all stages of the project management cycle;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement on politically sensitive subject matters;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; working knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
  • Excellent team-working skills, with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Field experience, and experience in international organizations is desirable;
  • Working experience from several OSCE participating States from various sub-regions is desirable.
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 is approximately EUR 7,716 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Cigna 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.

Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

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 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 qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years.

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


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