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 Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate. ODIHR's Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) is the focal unit of the OSCE charged specifically with numerous tasks under the framework of the 2003 Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area. The ODIHR Contact Point addresses issues either directly through its programmes and projects or by promoting policy frameworks and assisting participating States aiming to realize objectives of the Action Plan. It seeks to involve and empower Roma and Sinti themselves in all its activities. The CPRSI plays an active role in promoting action and involvement of the OSCE Institutions and Field Operations in realizing objectives of the Action Plan. It performs the role of catalyst for action and initiatives at international level that aim at better synergies and co-operation as regards realizing common objectives. It acts as a clearing house for all related initiatives, projects, reports or studies while increasingly issuing its own analysis and reports. In this regard, it seeks to strengthen relations and co-operation with the civil society and academic institutions involved in research and studies on Roma and Sinti. The report on the Status of Implementation of the Action Plan (2008) sets up a new threshold as regards the CPRSI reporting on implementation of objectives of the Action Plan and analysing emerging trends and challenges regarding Roma and Sinti in OSCE area.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Chief of CPRSI, the Associate Programme Officer, Roma and Sinti Issues, shall perform the following functions and duties: