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Minority Rights Adviser

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-25

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General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Previous work experience in the field of human rights and minority rights, including monitoring, analysing and reporting on legislation and areas relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Experience working with minority and/or religious communities;
  • Excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills, including the capacity to convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise manner for different audiences;
  • Experience in liaising with representatives of governmental and non-governmental structures;
  • Knowledge of international human rights law and OSCE human dimension commitments, as well as mechanisms of implementation;
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging human rights problems and propose solutions;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines and under minimum supervision;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written;
  • Tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity in dealing with senior officials, government representatives, non-governmental organizations as well as the local population;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations;
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s).
Tasks and Responsibilities

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Dimension unit and the overall guidance of the Head of the Human Dimension Unit, as Minority Rights Adviser you will be responsible for the following:

  1. Collecting, researching documents, including laws and policies, and analysing information pertaining to assigned human dimension issues, with a focus on the situation of national minorities and religious communities;
  2. Co-ordinating with other Mission components to ensure appropriate integration of human dimension monitoring activities into planning and operational processes and guiding the monitoring of minority rights, including through capacity building of monitoring officers;
  3. Identifying minority and religious communities-related issues, analysing their implications and providing the Mission with advice and recommended follow up, including on identified early warning indicators;
  4. Participating in the development of operational guidance and data collection tools to support the appropriate implementation of human rights monitoring throughout the country, with a focus on minority rights and the situation of religious communities;
  5. Preparing briefings, talking points, analytical documents and contributing to the drafting of various reports;
  6. Contributing to gender mainstreaming in monitoring and reporting activities on assigned responsibilities;
  7. Establishing and maintaining contacts with national authorities, political parties, representatives of minority, religious communities, civil society representatives, and liaising with the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) and other international organizations;
  8. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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