National Rule of Law Officer, Kyiv, Ukraine

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

Country: Ukraine

City: Kyiv, Ukraine

Office: OSCE in Kyiv, Ukraine

Closing date: Friday, 16 October 2020

Issued by: OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Vacancy number: VNSMUN01115

Vacancy type: Local Contracted

Grade: NP2

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Kyiv

Date of issue: 28 September 2020

Deadline for application: 16 October 2020 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine is looking for highly qualified, motivated and experienced Ukrainian professional for the position of National Rule of Law Officer with its Head Office in Kyiv. The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization.

NOTE: Kindly note that this is a Short Term Assignment, the initial duration of appointment is expected about 5 months 29 days.

All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online, using the OSCE online application link //‘>http: //

Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language will not be considered.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see //‘>https: //

Tasks and Responsibilities

The incumbent is one of two National Rule of Law Officers working closely with the Rule of Law Advisor in the Human Dimension Unit (HDU) of the SMM Head Office. As one of two Ukrainian legal officers in the Unit, the incumbent is responsible for analysing inputs from monitoring teams and drafting reports on rule of law issues relevant to the Mission’s mandate, but also for providing accurate and timely legal analysis on a much broader range of issues dealt with by the Human Dimension Unit.

More specifically the incumbent is responsible for:

1. Analysing inputs from monitoring teams on trial monitoring and access to justice, and drafting regular analytical updates and reports on rule of law issues in Ukraine based on these inputs.

2. Identifying priorities for rule of law monitoring and drafting guidance notes, questionnaires, tracking tools and other means of implementing effective monitoring of these priority issues, using inputs from teams.

3. Legal analysis and drafting memoranda on the legislative and policy developments in the area of rule of law, based on research and the incumbent’s legal knowledge.

4. Legal analysis, research, and drafting memoranda on other human dimension issues, in response to requests from HDU colleagues and monitors from the field.

5. Presenting SMM findings on rule of law issues in a variety of contexts through oral presentations, from internal briefings for senior management to external presentations to Ukrainian and international audiences, and sharing information in writing with partners.

6. Providing comments and feedback to monitoring teams (in person, by phone, in writing) for consistent and accurate reporting on the rule of law issues.

7. Responding to requests for clarifications about trials or rule of law developments monitored by the SMM, including requests from senior management of the Mission as well as, e.g. ODIHR and the Representative on Freedom of the Media.

8. Attending and reporting on meetings and conferences arranged by Ukrainian state authorities, international organizations, and NGOs on rule of law and other human dimension issues.

9. Performs other duties as assigned, including providing internal training to colleagues on rule of law issues and the Ukrainian justice system.

Necessary Qualifications

Ukrainian citizenship or holding permanent resident status in Ukraine;
University degree in law;
At least four years of relevant professional experience in legal services, as a practicing lawyer, or as a legal adviser, at the national level, are required;
Professional fluency in English, Russian and Ukrainian languages, excellent written and oral communication skills in the mentioned languages;
Thorough knowledge of Ukrainian law;
Holding a valid driving license;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft Office applications;
Ability to work independently to achieve the goals identified, with periodic reviews (either in discussion or through written revision) by the supervisor;
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;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity;
Cultural sensitivity and judgment.

Required competencies

Core values

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Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

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, subject to social security deductions is 2,332.00 Euro/month. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna health insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply

For more details please visit the OSCE website employment section at //‘>http: // All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online, using the OSCE online application link.

Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language will not be considered.

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.

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.