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Rule of Law Officer (S)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: Closed

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to 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.


The purpose of the Rule of Law Unit is to strengthen the supremacy and legitimacy of law in compliance with OSCE principles and international law within the human dimension. Towards that end, the Rule of Law Unit conducts activities and provides assistance within the following thematic areas: Judicial Independence and Accountability, Prosecutorial Independence, Fair Trial and Trial Monitoring, Criminal Justice Reforms, Administrative Justice, and Gender, Diversity and Justice throughout the OSCE Region.


Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Chief, Rule of Law Unit, the incumbent performs the following functions:


  1. Designing and implementing ODIHR rule of law programme activities, including the management of administrative and financial aspects of programmatic activities; 
  2. Providing legal advice and expertise to ODIHR, the OSCE institutions and field operations, on human dimension areas related to the rule of law;
  3. Co-ordinating and undertaking research and analysis on specific rule of law issues with a focus on one or several thematic areas of work of Rule of Law Unit;
  4. Representing ODIHR at international conferences, seminars and expert meetings on rule of law development work, including providing expertise and presentations on ODIHR rule of law activities;
  5. Following political and legal developments in selected OSCE participating States, and providing briefings to ODIHR management and OSCE officials on rule of law issues, including presentations at regular ODIHR human dimension events; 
  6.  Administering and implementing rule of law projects and activities, including their monitoring and evaluation;
  7. Providing  rule of law advice and expertise to ODIHR management and the OSCE field operations in the designated areas of responsibility; 
  8. Developing and maintaining regular contacts with legal professionals, project partners, and OSCE participating State stakeholders in the justice system;
  9. Performing other related duties as assigned.


Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in law;
  • Minimum of six years of professional work experience in law, rule of law development or policy issues relating to law, and at least three years of experience specifically in rule of law development in a country in transition to democracy; 
  • Established knowledge of international human rights and fair trial standards; and functioning of political institutions and Government offices;
  • Good project development and implementation skills;
  • Political intuition; organizational and strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment, the ability to work with minimum supervision and advise high-level officials on the rule of law and legal policy issues;
  • Working experience as a practicing lawyer would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian would be considered an asset;
  • 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.


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 applicants 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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