Senior Programme Assistant, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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

Country: Kyrgyzstan

City: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Office: OSCE Bishkek

Closing date: Tuesday, 20 April 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 Programme Office in Bishkek

Vacancy number VNKYRG01051 Vacancy type Local Contracted Grade G6 Number of posts 1 Duty station Bishkek Date of issue 18 March 2021 Deadline for application 20 April 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


The Senior Programme Assistant provides clerical, administrative and programmatic assistance to the Human Dimension Department (HDD) under the direct supervision of the National Anti-Trafficking Officer (NATO) of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB).

Tasks and Responsibilities

The incumbent has a particular focus on (but not excluding other topics):

Gender issues;
Trafficking in human beings;
National minorities;
Freedom of religion or belief;
Freedom of assembly and association;
Trial monitoring and legal reforms;
Juvenile justice;
National Human Rights Institutions;
Human Rights Education;
and under the supervision of the NATO, will perform the following duties:

Monitoring and reporting on human rights-related legislation and developments, particularly at the national and local levels, using various sources of information such as: official documents, newswires and mass media, reports by NGOs and other experts, reports by other international organizations and diplomatic missions, other sources;Drafting, preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects, budgets, financial and narrative reports related to the human rights activities of the mission. Assisting in the identification of national and international experts and other partners; arranging the logistical aspects related to the organization of events. Provide interpretation and translation when required/ Maintains the relevant documentation and filing system;Contributing to briefing, training and other reports related to the mission¡¦s activities (Background Reports, periodical Activity Reports, other reports as assigned), as well as talking points and speeches for the Head of POiB, Deputy Head of POiB, and Head of Human Dimension Department. Drafting press releases and other public relations material related to the work of the Human Dimension Department. Attending seminars/roundtables and other events organized by state institutions, NGOs and other partner organizations, and preparing relevant memos to keep the office informed;Maintaining regular correspondence and working relations with state institutions (in particular National Human Rights Institutions, the judiciary, the central and local governments and the parliament), international and national non-governmental organizations, human rights defenders, and other diplomatic missions;Assisting and maintaining regular working relations with OSCE institutions (Secretariat, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights/ODIHR, Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities) in the implementation of human rights activities and/or inquiries related to Kyrgyzstan and during country visits by delegations;Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, please see:

Necessary Qualifications

Secondary education with a focus on social issues and/or the humanities supplemented by formal training in law, social sciences, with a specialization in human rights;
Minimum 6 years of work experience in the field of human rights, particularly in monitoring, drafting reports and managing projects, preferably at international organizations, diplomatic missions and/or international non-governmental organizations. Knowledge of the international and regional human rights systems (UN and OSCE in particular), and the domestic legal system and state institutions of Kyrgyzstan, particularly related to human rights;
Ability to operate in the IRMA/Oracle system applications and Doc.In, with additional training provided where necessary;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Russian and local languages;
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

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 1023.16 Euro/month. Social benefits will include Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. 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 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. Please note that the vacancy is open for competition only amongst individuals who is a national or permanent resident of the Kyrgyz Republic. 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. Please note that in the event of invitation for interview/test, the OSCE is unable to reimburse costs incurred.

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