Project Officer, 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: 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.

Issued by

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Vacancy number VNHCNS00143 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Human Rights Number of posts 1 Duty station The Hague Date of issue 14 December 2020 Deadline for application 8 February 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an assignment at the High Commissioner on National Minorities must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

Please note that this post is fixed-term secondment until 14 January 2022 and will cover the maternity leave of a staff.

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

The HCNM is seeking a Project Officer to take charge of the development and implementation of projects in support of the HCNM’s conflict prevention mandate. The foreseen assignment to cover maternity leave if from the period of 17 February 2021 to 14 January 2022. Under the supervision of the Head of Section, and in close co-ordination with the HCNM Director and the Senior Administrative Officer, as Project Officer, you will be responsible for all phases of assigned project development and implementation. More specifically, you will be responsible for:

Conducting in-country assessments to identify potential projects;Developing project proposals and identifying possible project partners;Implementing, evaluating and reporting on projects;Overseeing project expenditures and ensuring compliance with budgets and donor requirements;Donor and OSCE reporting, to include the preparation of narrative and financial reports;Contributing to discussions on HCNM policies and strategies for portfolio countries and supporting Political and Legal Advisers in the implementation of their activities;Completing other tasks as required.

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

Necessary Qualifications

First-level university degree in law, project management, political science, business administration or other relevant field; possession of a second-level university degree is an asset;
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible project management experience, including experience in the results-based management of international development, conflict prevention or public administration projects, with a minimum of two years at the international level;
Knowledge of the OSCE and the implementation of projects in the OSCE region;
Tags conflict prevention democratization gender perspective human rights project expenditures project management

Professional fluency in English; working knowledge of Russian is strongly preferred;
Strong communication skills; resourcefulness; team spirit; initiative;
Ability to work independently but also as part of a team;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while remaining impartial and objective;
Computer literacy.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under

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

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

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.