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Head of Human Dimension (S3)

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Grade: S-3, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Managerial positions
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-11

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General Minimum Requirements


  • 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


  • Second-level university degree in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields; A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
  • 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



Second-level university degree in law, public administration, international studies or related fields, or equivalent professional experience in such areas. As of A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.


A minimum of 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience in the fields of human rights, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and democratization. At least 3 years progressively responsible experience at the management level relevant to the actual position.


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • Field experience in one or more of the following fields: legal and/or human rights;
  • Experience in the field of project management;
  • Ability to liaise with representatives of governmental and non-governmental structures;
  • Knowledge of international human rights law and mechanisms;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
  • Very good working knowledge of the Russian language (knowledge of Kyrgyz would be an advantage);
  • Sound analytical skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.




  • Experience of working in Central Asian region;
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general direction and supervision of the Head of Programme Office (HoPO) and Deputy Head of Programme Office (D/HoPO), the incumbent will be responsible for the management of the human activities programme. Specifically, the Head of Human Dimension will perform the following duties:

  1. Providing support and advice the Head of Programme Office and the D/HoPO on policies and major issues related to the implementation of the OSCE POiB's human dimension activities;
  2. In the limits of the mission’s mandate, monitoring and reporting on the developments in the host country from the human dimension perspective and following the implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments;
  3. Taking the lead in defining the strategy and necessary resources for the human dimension programme through the Programme Budgeting process;
  4. Managing the development, co-ordination and implementation of human dimension activities in response to the needs and priorities of the country as well in the limits of the mission’s mandate;
  5. Ensuring all that all human dimension projects are adequately monitored, controlled and reported on;
  6. Establishing and maintaining contacts with local and national authorities, universities, research institutions, and NGOs;
  7. Assisting in arranging OSCE regional events, inter alia, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  8. Supervising the work of all staff in the human activities programme;
  9. Performing other related duties, including of cross-dimensional nature, as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, 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 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:


Additional Information
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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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