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Senior Communities Adviser, Protection (S2)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Pristina
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local 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 political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports


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:


  • First-level university degree in law, human rights, community rights, political science, international relations or equivalent professional experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of international human and community rights standards and of the applied law in Kosovo;
  • Knowledge of the political environment of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, including mandate and structure of the international present in Kosovo;
  • Knowledge of the situation of non-Albanian communities in Kosovo;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Ability to conduct research and produce analytical reports;
  • Ability to deliver presentations before professional audiences;
  • Experience in drafting and implementing projects;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with 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;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Proficient knowledge of the English language; and 
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and the ability to drive using manual transmission is a requirement for this post. New hires will be required to pass an OMIK administered driving test using a manual transmission vehicle within six months of assuming the post and be able to confidently self-drive.



  • Political knowledge/experience of/in the region;
  • Experience in dialogue facilitation/mediation;
  • Knowledge of a local language or most common lingua franca;
  • Previous experience in field missions, preferably in South-Eastern Europe.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Communities Section, the incumbent: 

  1. Responsible for developing methodologies regarding the proactive monitoring of the situation of communities, and implementing communities’ rights standards by institutions;
  2. Analyzing the data collected during proactive monitoring of Kosovo Institutions’ programmes at all levels concerning communities’ rights and integrating and drafting relevant reports;
  3. Assisting in identifying community protection mechanisms and policies, analyzing their implications and providing the Chief with advice and recommendations for follow up;
  4. Contributing to the formulation of protection planning by proposing directives and planning of actions for immediate and long-range solutions;
  5. Assisting in developing strategies to implement recommendations and policy decisions adopted in analytical reports, and monitoring institutions implementation of these recommendations and decisions;
  6. Establishing and maintaining contacts with representatives of relevant institutions and civil society dealing with community rights;
  7. Assessing the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities;
  8. Liaising with other international organizations, including the relevant bodies within the Council of Europe, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and OSCE/ODIHR; and 
  9. Performing other duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, 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.

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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