Associate Officer on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Warsaw, Poland

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

Country: Poland

City: Warsaw, Poland

Office: OSCE Warsaw

Closing date: Sunday, 21 February 2021

Issued by: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Vacancy number: VNODIP00839

Vacancy type: International Contracted

Field of expertise: Human Rights

Grade: P2

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Warsaw

Date of issue: 19 January 2021

Deadline for application: 21 February 2021 - 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 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.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as Associate Officer on Freedom of Religion or Belief, you will perform the following functions:

Contributing to the development and regular review of the Freedom of Religion or Belief portfolio, researching, analyzing and monitoring the developments relevant to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB); Providing substantive advice and identifying new key areas of concerns through monitoring of developments in law, policy and practice, in collaboration with the Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Implementing and evaluating FoRB projects, developing evaluation mechanisms, and drafting donor reports; Identifying priority areas, target groups, partners and most effective means and associated budgets for addressing key FoRB issues; Conducting assessment visits, consultations with relevant institutions and OSCE field missions, and planning workshops and other events; Supporting the co-ordination of the work of the ODIHR Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and contributing to the organization of all meetings of the Advisory Panel; Analyzing and monitoring public policy, legislation, state practices and OSCE documentation affecting areas related to freedom of religion or belief and related human rights and providing advice and recommendations to the Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief and ODIHR management; Participating in relevant meetings and representing the ODIHR Freedom of Religion or Belief portfolio at conferences, meetings and events; Performing other duties as required.

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Necessary Qualifications

First-level university degree in social sciences, law, or another related field; specialization in the field of human rights; second-level university degree preferred;
Minimum of four years of relevant professional experience, of which at least two with an international organization;
Excellent knowledge of human rights issues and relevant international mechanisms and instruments;
Strong project management and implementation experience in relation to human rights programming;
Professional fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; working knowledge of at least one additional OSCE official language is an advantage;
Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, for different types of missions;
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.

Required competencies

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

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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 is approximately EUR 4,092 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.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply

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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 national, 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.