Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights, Belgrade

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

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade

Office: OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Closing date: Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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:

Second-level university degree in relevant field

Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers etc.

Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure

Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments

Demonstrable organisational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills


Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the mission area

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced education/certified training course in relevant field. Second-level university degree in management an asset


Minimum 10 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Experience in legal/judicial reform, criminal justice, human rights, anti-corruption or a related field in an international environment or a field mission

Senior management experience in the field of rule of law

Familiarity with change management, quality control and audit/review in the field of rule of law

Proven relevant experience in reform processes and capacity building of institutions concerning justice and rule of law at the national or international level

Operational experience in programme and personnel management, including of professional staff, as well as in administration and budget procedures

Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written

Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity

Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities

Ability to operate Windows applications including word-processing and e-mail


Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Serbia and South-Eastern Europe

Knowledge of OSCE structures, institutions and field activities

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), and in accordance with the mandate of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights is responsible for the management of the Mission’s rule of law and human rights programme in relation to policy formulation, strategic development, planning and reporting. Specifically, the Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights is responsible for::

Holding responsibility for the Mission’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Department, including its constituent units (Legal and Judicial Services, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, Judicial and Legal Reform, and Economic Crime and Anti-corruption) in relation to all aspects of management, programming, staffing and administration;
Leading the development, implementation and evaluation of relevant strategies, policies and methodologies, oversees annual and strategic planning, including all budgetary and extra-budgetary programmes and projects;
Providing advice and assistance to the Serbian Ministry of Justice and other institutions, including the judiciary, prosecutors and bar associations, and ensures a sustainable approach to the rule of law process;
Acting as the representative of the HoM and DHoM for contacts with senior government officials, representatives of international organizations, diplomatic community and civil society on all matters falling under the competencies of the Department;
Reviewing the Department’s capacity, recommending appropriate modifications to achieve sustainable rule of law reform, and adjusting/streamlining the Department’s priorities, activities and staffing accordingly;
Identifying risks in all areas falling under the Department’s competencies and developing mitigating measures and early warning mechanisms;
Overseeing and clearing relevant reporting, publications and public outreach initiatives;
Supervising the chiefs of units and acting as the second-level supervisor for other staff in the Department;
Representing the Department, delivering speeches, attending conferences and giving presentations;
Liaising with the OSCE Institutions and Secretariat specialized offices/units on all matters of relevance for the Department;
Performing other duties as assigned.

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at: http://www.osce.org/employment/144466.

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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.

Additional Information

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Requisition ID: SRM000013

Contract Type: International Secondment

Grade: S

Job Level: Senior Management

Job Type: Seconded

Number of posts: 1

Location: SRM - OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Issue Date: Feb 14, 2023

Closing Date: Mar 28, 2023

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)

Job Field: Rule of Law

Target Start Date: JUN 01, 2023

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1679047234781