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Legal Adviser, Justice Sector Policy (S2)

Sarajevo | Mission

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Sarajevo | Mission
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: Closed


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: 

  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc;
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure;
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments;
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.


Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



A first-level university degree in law; advanced degree in law, human rights, policy analysis, or a related field preferred;



Minimum 6 years of related work experience, preferably with experience in an international organization;


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • A first-level university degree in law; advanced degree in law, human rights, policy analysis, or a related field preferred; 
  • Minimum 6 years of related work experience, preferably with experience in an international organization; 
  • Sound knowledge of legal issues related to the Bosnia and Herzegovina justice system and judicial reform processes in the region; 
  • Experience in programme planning and management; 
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills; 
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; 
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability and readiness to work in a stressful environment, and under time constraints; 
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.



  • Broad knowledge of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conflict and its consequences;
  • Experience of working with the OSCE or other international organizations. 


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Rule of Law, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Monitoring, analysing, and reporting on the work of the judicial institutions in the area of justice sector reform processes, in order to identify trends and challenges and to propose recommendations for the Department and the relevant institutions; 
  2. Identifying and advocating for necessary improvements to the institutional, legal, and policy frameworks applicable to the justice sector across BiH through research, analysis, drafting of policy documents, submissions, and organisation of activities; 
  3. Managing the Department’s portfolio relating to the HJPC BiH, including working closely with interlocutors within that institution to identify inconsistencies in the appointment, evaluation, and accountability of judicial office holders, and providing recommendations and capacity building measures undertaken in that regard; 
  4. Actively contributing to planning of project activities in relation to the Justice Sector Policy portfolio, and regularly implementing portfolio activities in line with the Rule of Law Project Proposal; 
  5. Developing, implementing, and co-ordinating targeted activities designed to address BiH- and region-specific failures to comply with international fair trial rights standards and other rule of law concerns; 
  6. Providing briefings and technical advice to a wide range of audiences on justice sector policy issues in BiH; 
  7. Co-ordinating the work of the Department on the HJPC BiH and justice sector policy with relevant interlocutors in domestic and international institutions; 
  8. Directly supervising three National Legal Officers and three Rule of Law Monitoring Assistants; 
  9. Performing any other duties as required.     


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



Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the duty station are not eligible to apply.


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 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


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 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:


Additional Information
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