OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Senior Communities Officer
ISSUED BY: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
VACANCY TYPE: International Seconded
FUNCTIONAL LEVEL: Senior professional
DUTY STATION: Mitrovice/Mitrovica
DATE OF ISSUE: 14 December 2018
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 21 January 2019 - 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:

  • University education in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
Level of Professional Competence Requirements    

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second level university degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements    

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Second level university degree in law, political science, international relations or equivalent academic or professional experience;
  • Sound knowledge of communities’ rights standards and international human rights standards, preferably in post-conflict areas or areas under transition;
  • Management experience and team-building ability;
  • International field work experience in monitoring and reporting;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Professional fluency in English language and the capability of drafting documents under pressure and within short deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Positive and cooperative outlook;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited times frames;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Knowledge of one or more local languages;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and legal system of the mission area;
  • Demonstrated negotiation and/or conflict resolution skills;
  • Experience in project cycle management.
Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Centre (RC) and the Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department (HRCD), the incumbent works within the Regional Centre Mitrovicë/a of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and is in charge of the implementation of the Communities Section programmatic portfolios of the Human Rights and Communities Department. The Senior Communities Officer together with the Director and the Senior Democratization Officer will be:

1. Establishing, at RC level, the most adequate line of action to promote and foster communities’ rights within the overall framework and direction of the policy established by the HRCD;

2. Liaising with the management of the RC on all monitoring activities in the area of responsibility. Performing specific monitoring tasks in relation to communities rights, as assigned;

3. In close cooperation with the Director of the RC, supervising the programmatic staff in the RC as assigned and coordinating their work;

4. Executing and supervising the implementation of monitoring instructions received from Headquarters in close cooperation with the Director of the RC and in active consultation with the other Senior Professionals assigned to the RC;

5. Compiling regular reports on activities of all staff of the HRCD located in the RC on matters related to communities rights, and submitting those reports to the Director of the RC and to the relevant staff of the HRCD in Headquarters; drafting spot reports on request of the RC Director or of the HRCD;

6. Ensuring close coordination with the Headquarters to ensure fair utilisation of capacities in the field; responding to requests of the HRCD and ensuring realisation of tasking requested by the Communities Section;

7. Facilitating the work of other professional and support staff of the Department in the RC;

8. Assisting and coordinating the implementation of projects in the field;

9. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see: http://www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo


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.


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