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Project Officer (P3)

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: P-3, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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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, combating human trafficking, 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’s activities are implemented in 57 participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s political mandate. ODIHR’s Direction and Policy Department is managing a large-scale, cross-departmental, extra-budgetary project "Capitalizing on Human Dimension Mandate to Advance Gender Equality (CHANGE)”, which requires a team of designated project staff to plan, co-ordinate and implement project activities. The Project Officer will lead this  project team; report to ODIHR’s Project Co-ordinator (first level supervisor) and to ODIHR’s First Deputy Director (second level supervisor) and consult closely with the staff of ODIHR Departments engaged in the project, who will provide expertise in the subject matter of the project. 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The incumbent is responsible for planning and implementation of ODIHR’s CHANGE project. It aims to strengthen the individual and collective impact on democratic institutions, policies and social norms to advance gender equality, women’s human rights and women’s safety. ODIHR will capitalize on its human dimension mandate to advance gender equality and engage with democratic institutions, security sector, political leaders as well as civil society, human rights defenders and underrepresented groups. ODIHR will facilitate exchange of good practices and support institutional change, knowledge sharing and capacity building for advancing women’s representation and influence.

Recognizing that the desired change in advancing gender equality requires a transformative and multi-pronged approach, this initiative integrates various elements from across ODIHR’s mandate. It also addresses the need to strengthen the evidence base to learn what types of strategies work in which context, and to apply this knowledge to overcome barriers to progress in gender equality.  

The incumbent will:

1. Co-ordinate the overall planning and implementation of project activities with ODIHR departments, partners and OSCE Executive Structures and supervise project staff;
2. Oversee the implementation of the project outcomes in accordance with the donor agreement, supervise the monitoring and evaluation, and will ensure the visibility of the project.
3. Conduct research, analysis, and assessments on the subject matter of the project and will monitor project related developments in the region within the framework of the project,  and promote knowledge sharing.
4. Oversee the financial and administrative aspects of project implementation.
5. Perform other related duties as required.

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 in gender studies, international relations, political science or another relevant field is required;
  • At least 6 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of gender equality or human rights issues;
  • Proven experience in designing, planning and implementing multi-million euro/dollar international development projects that support gender equality and promote equal participation of women and men in public affairs; demonstrated experience in project management;
  • Understanding and experience of promoting human rights and democracy from an international institutional base, including experience at the international level in an advisory or operational function;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Experience and proven high level knowledge of capacity-building and institution-building strategies with senior government officials, civil society and underrepresented groups;
  • Political intuition and tact; organizational, networking and good analytical and drafting skills;  resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 5,100, with the actual monthly salary depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

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 candidates 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 religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

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

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

Additional Information
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