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.
- The Office's democratization activities include the following thematic areas: rule of law, democratic governance and gender, migration and freedom of movement, and legislative support. ODIHR implements targeted assistance programmes facilitating and enhancing participating states' compliance with OSCE commitments towards the development of democratic structures.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief, Legislative Support Unit, as Legislative Support Officer, you will perform the following duties:
- Providing expertise and drafting legal commentaries on questions of conformity of domestic legislation with OSCE human dimension commitments and other relevant international standards; assessing the impact of the commentaries prepared by the Unit and proposing follow-up measures necessary for a proper understanding and implementation of recommendations;
- Reviewing compliance of domestic legislation with international human rights standards, including OSCE commitments;
- Implementing democratic law-making projects, including research work in connection with democratic-law making assessments;
- Following legal developments in selected OSCE participating States; providing briefings to ODIHR management on legislative trends and developments in selected OSCE participating States, as well as on questions of international law, including the interpretation of international instruments;
- Submitting proposals for the design of the ODIHR legislative assistance and reform programme as well as for the evaluation of its outcomes and impact
- Designing and ensuring the well-functioning of mechanisms for the proper assignment of funds to activities carried out by the Unit; drafting donor reports based on input collected from all unit members;
- Replacing the Chief of Legislative Support Unit in his/her absence, or as requested. Representing ODIHR at international meetings;
- Performing other duties as assigned.
- Second-level university degree in law;
- Minimum of six years of professional work experience in law and at least three years of international experience specifically in law reform in countries in transition to democracy;
- Excellent knowledge of international human rights law, as well as constitutional and comparative law in the area of human rights and the rule of law; some knowledge of legislative drafting techniques/projects is an asset;
- Extensive proven experience in drafting legal commentaries on human rights and rule of law issues; Comparative knowledge of law-making processes is an asset;
- Political intuition and tact; organizational and strong legal analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
- Ability to work with minimum supervision;
- Ability to advise high-level officials on law reform and lawmaking issues;
- Excellent working knowledge of English with strong legal writing is required; knowledge of another OSCE language, particularly Russian, is an asset;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, ethical awareness and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.