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Community Policy Officer/Return

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:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Legal - Broad
    • 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 degree 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 political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields;
  • Knowledge of international human and minority rights standards;
  • Knowledge of the political environment in Kosovo;
  • Knowledge of the situation of all communities in Kosovo;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Ability to produce analytical reports;
  • Ability to design, 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;
  • Professional fluency in the English language.


  • Knowledge of the applicable law in Kosovo;
  • Experience in negotiation/mediation; 
  • Knowledge of a local language or most common lingua franca;
  • Previous experience in field missions, preferably in South Eastern Europe;
  • Experience of working in returns and repatriation;
  • Experience in analysing information from field sources in order to assist in the formulation of recommendations on the creation or the improvement of protection mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of the applicable standards related to the return of displaced persons/refugees and repatriation.
Tasks and Responsibilities

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

  1. Analysing  findings of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (Mission), proactive monitoring of Kosovo institutions and municipalities from communities protection perspective, including on returns and repatriation, and together with Senior Communities Protection/Policy Advisers, providing the Department with advice and recommended intervention and follow up;
  2. Contributing on the formulation of communities protection planning by proposing to the Department directives and plans for immediate and long range solutions and following up on the implementation of recommendations and decisions adopted;  
  3. Reviewing and commenting on the proposed Kosovo institutions initiatives. Together with the Senior Communities Protection/Policy Advisers following on the implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities; 
  4. Liaising with other Mission sections and maintaining close contacts with the Mission field teams, also providing feedbacks to their reports, and contributing to training organised for the field teams;
  5. Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge on the situation of the rights of non-Albanian communities in Kosovo and the region, contributing to drafting reports on specific issues concerning non-Albanian communities, particularly in relation to returns-related and repatriation issues;
  6. Participating in the drafting, implementing and evaluating of projects on community issues;
  7. Organizing roundtables, seminars and conferences on specific non-Albanian communities related issues;
  8. Performing other duties 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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