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Rule of Law Officer (S2)

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Organization: OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek
  • Location: Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-19

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Tasks and Responsibilities

The Rule of Law Officer is the primary focal point for all rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues) in the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining an overview of developments in the country related to rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues) and to define and manage projects in this area.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Human Dimension Department, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Assessing and reporting on issues related to rule of law (including penitentiary reform-related issues), including through the drafting of relevant background reports, food-for-thought papers and inputing to the OSCE POiB's regular reporting;
  2. Contributing to defining the strategy and necessary resources for the Human Dimension Activities programme through the Programme Budgeting process;
  3. Backstopping for Head of Human Dimension Department when and if needed;
  4. Taking the lead in the development, co-ordination and implementation of projects designed to support the process of rule of law and penitentiary reform;
  5. Supporting the Head of Human Dimension Department in ensuring the full implementation of the Human Dimension Activities programme in compliance with the OSCE's Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS);
  6. Ensuring all human dimension projects are adequately monitored, implemented, controlled and reported on;
  7. Assisting in arranging OSCE POiB events, inter alia, visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  8. Ensuring close cooperation with the Senior Planning and Co-ordination Officer on all issues relevant to programming, coordination of programming, budgeting, reporting, and compliance with OSCE Rules and Regulations in these fields;
  9. Supervising the work of the Programme's staff assigned to work on rule of law and penitentiary reform issues;
  10. Identifying local and international stakeholders relevant for the fulfilment of the programme and maintaining regular communication with them;
  11. As requested by the Head of Human Dimension Department, representing the OSCE and the Programme Office in Bishkek on advocating for the fulfilment of Human Dimension commitments to external audiences;
  12. Performing other duties as required.
    Level of Professional Competence Requirements

    Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



    First-level university degree in law or a closely related field, or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement.



    Minimum six years of relevant professional experience.


    Mission Specific Requirements

    Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


    • Minimum six years relevant work experience in the field of rule of law, as well as in criminal and human rights law; 
    • Project management experience, including development, implementation and monitoring, preferably in rule of law related project activities;
    • Previous experience in penitentiary reform is desirable;
    • Knowledge of regional political developments in Central Asia;
    • Ability to establish contact and develop confident relations with civil society, as well as the ability to work with government officials and institutions, including law enforcement and the judiciary;
    • Experience in compiling and analysing relevant info, including complicated legal topics;
    • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
    • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
    • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
    • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments;
    • Fluency in English (both oral and written) and working knowledge of Russian;
    • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.
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