Assistant Project Officer (P1)
This is an extra-budgetary position. The fixed-term contract will be until the end of the project, currently planned for 30 June 2023.
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.
ODIHR’s Human Rights Department (HRD) assists OSCE participating States in fulfilling their obligations to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Within the "Strengthening National Justice Systems to Protect Persons Deprived of Liberty in the OSCE Region' project, ODIHR will support participating States to strengthen the protection of persons deprived of liberty within the criminal justice system based on a gender sensitive and human rights compliant approach and in particular by equipping OSCE participating States security sector actors, with the knowledge, skills and awareness needed for the effective protection of persons deprived of liberty. The project will provide governments in OSCE participating States (pSs) with guidance and tools to formulate and implement national policies and legislation that comply with international standards and regulatory frameworks. The project consists of three mutually reinforcing components: 1) Preventing torture and other ill-treatment to protect persons deprived of liberty in the criminal justice system; 2) Protecting human rights while preventing and countering VERLT in detention to protect persons deprived of liberty in the criminal justice system; and 3) Preventing and addressing SGBV to protect persons deprived of liberty in the criminal justice system.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see https://www.osce.org/odihr
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Adviser on Torture Prevention, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting implementation of the project's activities, in particular:
- Assisting in the timely implementation, reporting and evaluation of project activities;
- Contributing to the organization of needs assessment visits in preparation for capacity building activities;
- Organizing project events: preparing agendas and events' materials, selecting participants from state authorities, civil society and international organizations, liaising with participants and partner organizations, assuring their input and ensuring the smooth running of the events;
- Supporting the project team in the preparation and adaptation of relevant training materials, drafting events' reports, including recommendations and follow up, overviewing evaluation of training events;
- Conducting desk-research and monitoring of media and other sources, updating information regarding the situation of persons deprived of liberty in the OSCE region in accordance with the project needs;
- Supporting the project team in establishing and maintaining contacts with key stakeholders in OSCE participating States, international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.
- First-level university degree in human rights law, international affairs, social or political sciences or other relevant field;
- Minimum two years of relevant work experience in the area of human rights, preferably in the OSCE region and including experience with implementation of technical assistance projects;
- Knowledge of relevant international human rights standards and OSCE commitments, with a particular focus on torture prevention or related issues;
- Professional experience in human rights-related desk research and analysis;
- Proven experience in assisting in the organization of conferences and events, particularly of capacity building nature and related to human rights;
- Proven experience in working with civil society partners and international stakeholders in the area of human rights, preferably including experience in co-operation in the implementation of projects;
- Familiarity with principles of gender mainstreaming;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian language is desirable;
- Computer literacy with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.
Monthly remuneration is around EUR 3,350, with the actual monthly salary depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade 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.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see https://www.osce.org/participating-states.
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 https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.