Human Dimension Officer, Chisinau, Moldova

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

Country: Moldova

City: Chisinau, Moldova

Office: OSCE Mission to Moldova

Closing date: Monday, 8 February 2021

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.

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OSCE Mission to Moldova

Vacancy number VNMOLS00242 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Human Rights Functional level Senior professional Grade S2 Number of posts 1 Duty station Chisinau Date of issue 18 January 2021 Deadline for application 8 February 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

Excellent physical condition

Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission

Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues

Experience working on human rights issues, including anti-trafficking, gender equality, rights of national minorities and vulnerable people and/or children’s issues

Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills

Experience in managing projects and staff and in drafting reports

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in a relevant field, such as social science, psychology, law, international human rights, gender studies or other human relevant field.


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Demonstrated international field work experience in human rights, including specific experience for instance in anti-trafficking, gender equality, the rights of national minorities and/or children’s issues;
Familiarity with international and regional human rights treaties, jurisprudence and best practices, including in those areas relating to human trafficking, gender equality, the rights of national minorities and/or children’s issues;
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Experience in project management, including the designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
Strong analytical, problem-solving, advocacy, diplomacy and mediation/facilitation skills;
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a broad network of contacts with governmental agencies, civil society, academia and international partners to consolidate co-ordination and co-operation;
Professional fluency in the English language and ability to draft and edit documents clearly and concisely;
Working knowledge of Russian language, including the ability to conduct substantive business;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work both as a member of a team and to lead a small team of people from different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds, different genders, and diverse political and social views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Flexibility and ability to work independently and under pressure, and within close deadlines;
Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


Knowledge of the regional political and social situation, and the legal system of the Mission area;
Experience in participating in press and public events, including launches of activities in the media and press interviews;
Working knowledge of the Romanian language.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direction and supervision of the Human Rights Programme Manager and in close co-operation with the Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Mission, the Human Dimension Officer is primarily responsible for the general areas of human security, democratization and human rights. This includes:

Implementing activities related to human rights, including rights of national minorities, preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, preventing and combating domestic and gender-based violence, promoting gender equality and women’s rights, and enhancing identification, protection and assistance to victims and vulnerable persons;Project Management: designing, implementing and monitoring Programmatic Activities in the field of Human Dimension;Supporting the Mission’s senior and middle management to mainstream a gender perspective into the Mission’s all programmes and activities. Promoting and reporting on the implementation of key OSCE human dimension commitments, including the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and other relevant OSCE action plans and decisions;Monitoring the situation in the country vis--vis human rights issues, including rights of persons belonging to national minorities, human trafficking, gender equality, and all forms of discrimination, with a view to offering advice and recommendations to the relevant actors within governmental institutions to enhance the promotion and protection of European and international human rights standards;Building relationships with relevant representatives of the Government, parliament, other state agencies, regional and local authorities, representatives from the authorities on the left bank of the Dniester/Nistru River, embassies, international organizations, civil society, media and donors in order to represent the Mission on human rights topics, including on anti-trafficking, domestic and gender-based violence, gender equality and addressing the needs of vulnerable persons;Leading and facilitating technical and international co-ordination efforts of the actors working on national minorities, anti-trafficking and gender equality actors in Moldova;Participating in thematic Working Groups as part of the settlement process and in accordance with the Mission’s Standard Operating Procedures;Overseeing the work of up to two (2) local Mission members and co-ordinating the work of one (1) local Mission member;Co-ordinating and liaising with other Mission members, the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Secretariat’s Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Gender Section and other OSCE Executive Structures and Independent Institutions as required;Facilitating the review and response of individual complaints according to the Mission’s Standard Operating Procedures;Participating in the Joint Control Commission meetings and monitoring visits to the Security Zone as required;Performs other tasks as assigned and required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, 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 national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

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

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.