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Gender Adviser for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (S)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-08


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.


Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.


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, combating human trafficking, 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.


Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, the Gender Adviser for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination will advise on issues relating to gender-based hate crimes and tolerance and non-discrimination issues related to gender and provide guidance and assistance in respect of developments affecting the above-mentioned issues throughout the OSCE region. In particular, the incumbent performs the following functions:


  1. Providing advice and analysis on all issues related to gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination by preparing reports, background materials and talking points for the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department and the ODIHR management;
  2. Providing analysis of incidents motivated by gender or gender-related discrimination, with a particular focus on the response of governmental authorities to such incidents;
  3. Developing and managing all projects and activities aimed at ending gender-based hate crimes and gender or gender-related discrimination;
  4. Collecting and analysing information from throughout the OSCE area on best practices for preventing and responding to gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination based on information from OSCE participating States, international institutions and NGOs;
  5. Establishing and maintaining contact with governmental authorities and national, regional and international organizations on issues and programmes related to efforts to end gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination;
  6. Performing other duties as assigned. 


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: 


Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree preferably in international relations, gender studies, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field;
  • Practical experience in research, monitoring and reporting on hate-motivated incidents and discrimination;
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues relating to gender and gender-related discrimination;
  • Familiarity with regional and international initiatives to end gender and gender-related discrimination and intolerance, and experience in the development and implementation of educational programmes addressing discrimination and promoting tolerance;
  • Strong commitment to ensuring diverse and inclusive perspectives in conducting programmatic work;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe, EU and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable.
  • Computer literacy with practical experience with Microsoft applications.


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, 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


The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.


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.


Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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