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Communities Policy Officer

Pristina (Kosovo)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Pristina (Kosovo)
  • Grade: S-1, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-13

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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:

  • First-level university in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university degree in law, human rights, community rights, political science, international relations or related field;
  • Knowledge of international human and community rights standards and the legal framework in Kosovo;
  • Experience working with human rights, community or gender issues;
  • Experience in analyzing information from field sources in order to assist in the creation of policy objectives and translating those objectives into plans of action;
  • Experience in assisting in the design and implementation of strategies for community participation;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of the political environment;
  • Knowledge of the situation regarding the non-majority communities;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Ability to produce analytical reports;
  • Ability to draft, implement and evaluate projects;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • 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 negotiation/mediation;  
  • Knowledge of a local language or most common lingua franca; and
  • Previous experience in field missions, preferably in South East Europe.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Communities Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  1. Identifying community issues, analyzing their implications and providing advice and recommending action to be taken by the Section/the Mission. Contributing to the formulation of strategic planning by proposing to the Department policy directives and action for immediate and long-range solutions;
  2. Providing input to the formulation of advice and follow-up regarding the findings of the proactive monitoring of the institutions at all levels;
  3. Establishing and maintaining contacts with representatives of communities, political parties and civil society; maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the community rights situation both locally and in the region;
  4. Contributing to the functioning of sectoral working groups to ensure incorporation of community concerns/needs in governmental policy and practices;
  5. Developing and participating in activities aiming at promoting the participation of communities and international community rights standards, and their possible implementation;
  6. Facilitating dialogue and negotiated solutions between community representatives and government actors;
  7. Following up on the implementation of recommendations and decisions adopted in OSCE Mission in Kosovo reports and other leading actor reports;
  8. Participating in the drafting of thematic reports on community issues;
  9. Participating in the drafting, implementing and evaluating of projects on community issues;
  10. Organizing roundtables, seminars and conferences on specific communities related issues;
  11. Reviewing and commenting on draft laws and regulations;
  12. Performing other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, 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 duty station are not eligible to apply.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

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 well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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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