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Rule of Law Officer (S2)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Dushanbe
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
  • 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: 

  • First-level university degree in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • 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:



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:


  • Practical experience in or with the reform of a criminal justice system;
  • Knowledge of the project management cycle from project development through monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to conduct strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Knowledge of international civil, political and human rights standards;
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills;
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited timeframes;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • 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;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.



  • Previous international field work experience, preferably in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially
    in Central Asia;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of Tajikistan.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Human Dimension Department, the Rule of Law Officer will be tasked will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Providing guidance in determining the direction and focus of the work of the Rule of Law Unit, including development of programmatic activities, providing recommendations on policy direction of the Office's work in the Rule of Law, keeping abreast of local and regional Rule of Law developments and ensuring that programmes remain relevant and provide practical assistance to the host country;
  2. Developing, implementing and evaluating programmes covering a wide range of topics related to Rule of Law, such as the rights of persons deprived of liberty, strengthening access to fair trials, reform of criminal justice mechanisms;
  3. Working closely with the Politico-Military Department, and in conjunction with the Human Rights Officer, ensuring that Rule of Law and Human Rights issues are streamlined into the Police Reform Process;
  4. Preparing the Unit’s contributions to the annual departmental budget, Programme Outline, Project Implementation Plan and Project Implementation Reviews submitted to the OSCE and the Government of Tajikistan, as well as regular reporting and drafting of press releases, correspondence and other texts;
  5. Supervising one mission member; providing guidance and constructive criticism; working to develop critical thinking, report writing and project management skills;
  6. Establishing and maintaining contacts with national and local Tajik authorities, other international organizations, domestic and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
  7. Maintaining close co-ordination with OSCE autonomous institutions and headquarters;
  8. Managing the day-to-day operations of the Rule of Law Unit;
  9. Performing other related duties as required.    

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, 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 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.


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.


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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