Closing Date : 2020-03-04
Duty Station : Warsaw, Poland
Application : Apply for the job

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Country: Poland
Closing date: 04 Mar 2020


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, 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 ODIHR s Democratization (DEM) Department provides support to participating States in implementing their OSCE commitments with regards to responsive, accountable and representative democratic institutions. ODIHR works with government institutions, political parties and parliaments, and with civil society. ODIHR also supports the efforts of participating States to increase the participation of women and youth in politics, strengthen parliaments, develop multiparty political landscapes, improve the integration of migrants and modernize population-registration systems.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Head, Democratization Department works within the delegated authority and under the overall guidance of the Director and direct supervision of the First Deputy Director of OSCE/ODIHR. The Head of Department is responsible for:

Advising and assisting the leadership of the OSCE with the definition of priorities on democratization-related issues;Shaping and implementing ODIHR s strategy with regards to democratization-related issues;Managing human and financial resources allocated to the Department;Establishing and maintaining relations with key partners and relevant organizations;Representing the Office at international conferences and meetings;Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of ODIHR, please see:

Necessary Qualifications:

Second-level university degree in political science, law, international relations, public policy, history, or related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or related fields, preferable in an international or otherwise multicultural environment;Leadership skills and management experience are essential in order to be able to provide a clear direction as to what roles and responsibilities each team member has in implementing the plans, to support the staff members in fulfilling those roles and responsibilities, as well as to effectively manage financial resources;Demonstrated experience in project management, including technical knowledge of all stages of the project management cycle;Field experience and international organisation experience is desirable;Working experience from several OSCE participating States from various sub-regions is desirable;Ability to exercise sound judgement on politically sensitive subject matters;Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of Russian or another OSCE language is desirable;Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;Ability to work with people with different national, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,600 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Cigna International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How to apply:

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 the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or 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.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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