Human Rights Adviser at OSCE

Human Rights Adviser at OSCE

Deadline: 19 January 2016
Open to: applicants with first level university degree in law, political science, international relations, or social sciences, with a specialization in human rights
Remuneration: to be verified with respective nominating authority


The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. Areas of work covered by the Department include monitoring and analysis of human rights developments in the OSCE area and the provision of expertise and technical assistance to enhance compliance with human dimension commitments; supporting the development of effective human rights education and capacity building; enhancing the protection of human rights while countering terrorism; addressing the relationship between human rights, gender and the security sector; and emphasizing human rights aspects of combating trafficking in human beings. Duty station is Warsaw.


  • First level university degree in law, political science, international relations, or social sciences, with a specialization in human rights; an advanced university degree in international human rights law is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of human rights including experience at the international level in an advisory function;
  • Significant experience in developing and implementing capacity building activities;
  • Sound knowledge of and/or experience in working with national human rights institutions is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Experience in designing and implementing projects;
  • In-depth knowledge of human rights monitoring and reporting methodology and practice;
  • Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, including in situations of increased risk for various types of monitoring missions;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; working knowledge of Russian and/or other OSCE languages is desirable;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.


Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

How to apply?

The post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application.

More information on the official website.



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