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Senior Adviser on Human Rights and Non-Discrimination (S2)

Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-28

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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, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law, or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organisational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in a relevant field.


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Excellent knowledge of international standards for the protection of human rights and non-discrimination
  • Solid understanding of democratic development in post-conflict and multi-ethnic environments, with special focus on human rights and non-discrimination
  • Experience in designing and implementing human rights or non-discrimination projects
  • Experience in policy formulation, project/programme management, co-operation  and co-ordination with donors and implementing agencies
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Good drafting skills and the ability to tailor reports and presentations to the needs of specific audience
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to coordinate the work of a team with members from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, genders, and political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames


  • Solid understanding of the legal system, political situation, and the non-governmental sector in Serbia
  • Experience in mediation, conflict prevention and possession of advocacy skills

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Democratization Department, the Senior Adviser manages the Human Rights and Non-discrimination Section (currently consisting of seven national staff), which deals with such issues as human rights, refugees, migration, non-discrimination, youth, gender issues and hate crime. Specifically, the Senior Adviser on Human Rights and Non-discrimination is responsible for:

  1. Planning, maintaining, developing and implementing the Human Rights and Non-discrimination Section's programme and projects in accordance with the Mission's mandate and Department's objectives aimed at supporting Serbia's democratization process;
  2. Supervising the work of seven national staff, including completing the performance management process (PMP)  in a timely and engaged manner, supporting team members’ professional development, and addressing any performance issues in accordance with the guidance of the Head of Department and mission leadership.
  3. Drafting strategic proposals to advise the state institutions, independent regulatory bodies and civil society;
  4. Formulating policies and activities to promote reform in the field of human rights and non-discrimination and helping strengthen and implement the legislation falling under the Mission's mandate;
  5. Ensuring effective management, supervision and control of the OSCE funds, including extra-budgetary funds related to the Human Rights and Non-discrimination Section's programme;
  6. Preparing reports on relevant policies and practices in the area of human rights and non-discrimination, taking especially into account compliance with relevant international standards and OSCE commitments;
  7. Delivering speeches, briefings and presentations; attending and representing the Section, the Department, and the Mission at various events;
  8. Liaising with the Section's interlocutors, government officials, international organizations and civil society representatives to ensure the best use of OSCE resources, compatibility of projects and a co-ordinated approach;
  9. Ensuring that the Human Rights and Non-discrimination Section's work is synergistic with other interventions of the Mission, and co-ordinating the work of the Section with other Sections/Departments of the Mission;
  10. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.

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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

Additional Information
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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