Senior Legal Adviser, The Hague, Netherlands

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague, Netherlands

Office: OSCE, The Hague

Closing date: Thursday, 16 July 2020

The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the institutions.

Issued by

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Vacancy number VNHCNP00138 Vacancy type International Contracted Field of expertise Legal Affairs Grade P4 Number of posts 1 Duty station The Hague Date of issue 18 June 2020 Deadline for application 16 July 2020 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


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 OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) promotes conflict prevention and integration of diverse societies. HCNM was established to identify and seek early resolution of ethnic tensions that might endanger peace, stability or friendly relations between OSCE participating States.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser/Head of Section of the assigned geographical area, as Senior Legal Adviser, you will perform the following duties:

Providing legal advice on national minority issues, interethnic relations and other issues with respect to situations as assigned;Monitoring and analysing public policy, legislation, and state practice affecting human rights and national minority issues, primarily, but not exclusively, in East Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia;Providing interpretation of legal instruments, such as treaties, agreements, declarations, constitutions, statutes, regulations and other instruments relevant to the effective fulfilment of the HCNM’s mandate;Formulating possible options for domestic legislation which would be in compliance with applicable international standards and would be effective in specific situations in which the HCNM is involved;Preparing comprehensive analyses, position papers and reports on legal and national minority issues;Accompanying the High Commissioner on country visits;Advising on the development of the thematic work of the HCNM; Representing HCNM at seminars, conferences and meetings concerned with legal issues affecting national minorities; Establishing and maintaining a network of relevant international contacts active in the field of national minority issues; Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the work of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, please see:

Necessary Qualifications

Second-level university degree in international law, comparative law and politics, or related field, with specialization in the international protection of human rights, in particular minority rights;
Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience dealing with minority issues and human rights, international relations, public administration or other related field, including three years at the international level; experience in dealing with minority issues and human rights in a field mission is an advantage;
Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
Professional fluency in English and a working knowledge of Russian are required;
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 a multinational team, with people of different opinions and gender, cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and Internet.

Required competencies

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

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Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles

Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization

Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment

Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner

Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions

Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects

Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment

Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them

Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,770, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in the Netherlands. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. 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/re-post 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.

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The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

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