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National Consultant on Special Regimes in Prisons

Albania (Colombia) | Tirana

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Albania (Colombia) | Tirana
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Prison and Correctional Services
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-01

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The project aims to support national authorities, institutions, and citizens to better understand, protect, promote and respect human rights in Albania. Building upon its work on prison reform in Albania and the approval of the most recent legal package on the penitentiary system, the Presence will continue to focus on protecting and promoting human rights in prisons. Specifically, based on the findings and recommendations of its 2020 Needs Assessment report in the Special Regime in high security prisons, the Presence will build the capacities of the special regime staff in working with high risk prisoners. The special regime for the high security prison units in Albania was recently introduced. The concept and the application of the special regime for high security prisoners was first introduced in Albania with the adoption of the Law 108/2018. The adopted legislation was largely based on the experience of Italy in fight with mafia and related organized crime. More specifically, Law 108/2018 of Albania was largely based on the Section 41 bis of the Prison Administration Act of Italy, which gives the Minister of Justice of Italy the power to suspend the application of the ordinary prison regime in whole or in part, by means of a reasoned decision, on the grounds of public order and security, in cases where the ordinary prison regime would conflict with these requirements.


The categories of offenders included in this special regime in Albania include offenders sentenced or awaiting trial for criminal offences related to terrorist acts, criminal offences as part of structural criminal gangs, trafficking of narcotics, etc. The special regime puts several restrictions on the offenders, which might lead to violations of human rights, with a special focus on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


A two-day training seminar divided into two groups (20-25 participants each) will be organized in Tirana for prison staff of the Special Regime in high security prisons. The training will take place in Tirana, Albania, tentatively in September - October 2021. The course will provide the trainees with the concepts, tools and skills that are needed to manage the high risk offenders in the Special Regime. In addition, the course will focus on relevant international and national standards on the Special Regime, including ECHR standards as well as lessons learned from other countries that have a similar regime, such as Italy.   

For this purpose, the Presence will hire one National Expert with extensive experience in training prison staff. The national expert will be hired on SSA for six days (for both preparatory home-based work and delivering the training).

Objective of Assignment: 

The Presence’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Department is looking for a National Expert to deliver a two-day training (divided into two groups) to the prison staff of the Special Regime in Albania on the Albanian legal framework on the Special Regime, including the Special Regime Rules of Procedure

Duration of Assignment::

Tentatively September – October 2021

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of OSCE National Legal Officer, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Preliminary discussion/meeting with the OSCE National Legal Officer and representatives of the Ministry of Justice and/or General Directorate of Prisons to collect input for the training session.
  2. Realisation of the training of the prison staff of the Special Regime. The focus of the training will be on the legal framework on the Special Regime, including Rules of Procedure on the Special Regime.
  3. Prepare hand-out materials for training participants;
  4. Collect feedback and recommendations from participants in the training;
  5. Prepare a report for the training with recommendations for future training needs of the prison staff of the Special Regime. The report on the training should be at least 5 pages long, Times New Roman 12, 1.5 space, justify


  1. Draft the twoday training programme containing the topics of the training sessions prior to the training;
  2. Submit to the OSCE National Legal Officer handout materials for training participants at least one day prior to the training;
  3. Train and interact with 4050 prison staff on the Albanian legal framework on the Special Regime
  4. Deliver a draft report on the training session as specified in the Tasks section by 25 October 2021 and a final report by 30 October 2021.

Necessary Qualifications:

  1. Advanced university degree in law;
  2. At least five years of professional experience as an academic in the educational system in Albania or a law and human rights practitioner;
  3. Extended professional experience in human rights;
  4. Extended professional experience in conducting training for prison staff;

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

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be 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.

Additional Information
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