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International Consultant/Lead mentor for the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe”

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Human Rights
    • Minority Rights (National or ethnic, religious and linguistic)
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-06

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The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) implements an extra-budgetary project titled “Strengthening Inclusive and Accountable Democratic Institutions in the OSCE Region”. The objective of the project is strengthening democratic institutions and processes to become more inclusive and accountable, through dialogue, knowledge exchange and technical support for policy, legal and institutional reforms to meet OSCE human dimension commitments. This project encompasses a number of activities, including the organization of the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe”. The training academy will target up to 25 Roma in elected and appointed office at central, regional and local levels, potential Roma candidates for public office, and representatives of Roma civil society involved in advocating for policy change and interested in to engaging in political participation.

The objective of the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe” is to strengthen democratic institutions and governance by building the capacity of Roma in elected and appointed office, potential Roma candidates for public office, including experienced Roma civil society advocates. As such, some of the core content participants go through includes:

  • Introduction to policy cycle, stakeholder analysis and actor mapping;
  • Effective briefing and reporting (drafting talking points, meeting simulations, and report writing);
  • Crafting and delivering a speech (precepts for speech-writing, speech drafting and delivety);
  • Strategic communication (principles, strategy, and crisis communication, including interviews and debriefs);
  • Negotiations (negotiations principles, and negotiations simulations).

The Roma leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe”, which is based on the Young Policy Advisers Course (PolAd) developed by ODIHR in collaboration with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, is tailored to facilitate a deeper understanding of ways in which participants can maximize the leverage provided by their positions to contribute to advancement and /or development of policies addressing the situation of Roma.

The first Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe” was organized in an in-person format in December, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Under the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second training academy was organized in an online format in 2020. In the process of organizing the second edition, ODIHR also engaged in preparing pre-recording lectures by mentors for the purpose of inducing participants into the core topics. Therefore the third edition of the training academy in 2021, will be implemented in a hybrid online version, where participants will be able to login to our Moodle platform to download and use course materials as well as and follow the induction videos at their own pace, after which they will join live lectures and participate in online exercises.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The objective of the consultancy is to support ODIHR in implementing the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe” by serving as a Lead Mentor. This role involves overseeing all course modules and sessions and providing input and guidance to the other mentors throughout the course, as well as explaining exercises and learning objectives to participants and leading them through exercises in collaboration with other expert mentors, based on ODIHR provided guidelines and content. The training academy will will be held in an online-hybrid format in late October 2021.

Under the direct supervision and guidance by the Chef of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI), and in close co-operation with CPRSI’s Associate Programme Officer, the Consultant will:

1. Lead and facilitate the process of preparing the concept, layout and agenda of the online-hybrid training academy. A number of zoom meetings will be set for this purpose (to be determined by the mentors team and ODIHR on a needs basis);

2. In consultation with ODIHR, oversee, provide written input and advise to other mentors on all course modules, sessions and exercises as well as the development of case studies;

3. In consultation with ODIHR, prepare and develop two training academy modules, based on ODIHR provided curriculum content (assigning of modules will be conducted in consultation with ODIHR);

4. Present and facilitate the assigned and prepared for training academy modules during the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe”;

5. Support the facilitation of all modules delivered by other expert mentors during the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe”;

6. As part of the mentoring team, mentor 5-6 participants throughout the Roma Leadership Academy “Nicolae Gheorghe” and contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust and collegiality by observing and encouraging, supporting and counselling, as well as conducting one-on-one and group feedback sessions with participants, to the extent possible, given the online format;

7. In close consultation with ODIHR, to produce the evaluation of the training academy.

The Consultant will be responsible for the timely and professional production of project deliverables as established above. ODIHR will provide guidance to the Consultant, including a certain level of initial policy guidance and background information to support the completion of the above-mentioned tasks, as well as review and feedback on deliverables submitted.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, human rights, sociology or other social science field, or equivalent professional experience;
  • At least ten years of experience as an expert or equivalent working on issues related to democracy and human rights and more specifically in a leadership and policy advising role;
  • Experience of working in a policy-making environment, government, think tank or similar, holding a position as senior manager within government, international organisation, or similar;
  • Prior experience in delivering and leading policy advisor training courses;
  • Excellent abilities at researching and analysing complex matters related to policy, democracy and human rights, as well as to present such matters in an audience-appropriate and user-friendly manner;
  • Experience in applying a gender mainstreamed approach to work on issues related to democracy and human rights;
  • Knowledge of international and OSCE democratic governance standards and principles;
  • Documented and excellent leadership skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English;
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills; 
  • Flexibility, ability to work under minimum supervision and deliver against deadlines.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.


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 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.

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.

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