Project Officer

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Podgorica, Montenegro

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd December, 2020

Job Description


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.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Project Officers are responsible for ensuring coherence and consistency in the implementation of the respective Field Operation trial-monitoring project. The incumbent leads and supervises project staff and provides guidance, oversight, and quality control of work.  Reporting to the management of the relevant department in the respective Field Operation and with technical direction from the Programme Co-ordinator in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, the Project Officer serves as the main focal point for the project in the respective Field Operation and provides advice, co-ordination and follow-up on all issues relevant to the implementation of the project. The incumbent is responsible for managing the implementation of all phases of the project cycle including reporting, monitoring, and post-project evaluation in compliance with respective Field Operation rules and regulations. The Project Officer directly liaises with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve the project’s objectives. More specifically, the incumbent will be perform the following duties:

Leading and providing guidance, oversight, and quality control of trial monitoring teams’ work;
In consultation with Conflict Prevention Center (CPC) programme staff, preparing and conducting interviews with selected stakeholders;
Performing preliminary analysis of data collected through case monitoring and stakeholder interviews;
Co-ordinating, reviewing and ensuring coherence in inputs provided by Trial Monitors based on their observation of criminal proceedings;
Performing preliminary analysis of data collected through case monitoring and stakeholder interviews;
Drafting quarterly project implementation reports, as well as “country chapters” for Inception, Mid-term, and Final Reports;
In consultation with the Programme Co-ordinator and the Office of the Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), design and organize peer-learning events;
In co-ordination with respective Field Operation management liaise with EU delegation on all matters related to project implementation;
Performing other duties as assigned to implement the ExB Project.

Necessary Qualifications

  • First-level university degree in law;
  • A minimum of four years of responsible and relevant professional experience in practising criminal law with minimum two years in-practice courtroom experience;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in managing team performance;
  • Sound understanding of South-Eastern Europe political situation and judicial structure, including the framework pertaining to the processing of corruption and economic crimes;
  • Political sensitivity, diplomatic skills when conversing with relevant authorities;
  • Prior experience in drafting analytical reports on processing of complex criminal cases;
  • Excellent knowledge of international human rights standards related to criminal law, criminal procedure and fair trial;
  • Several years of project management experience is an asset;
  • Prior experience with trial monitoring or equivalent experience is an asset;
  • Experience working on issues related to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases and organised crimes is an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English, both written and oral; Knowledge of local languages is an asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.

Required competencies

Core values

  • Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals


  • Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions


  • Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles


  • Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies


  • Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization


  • Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment


  • 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


  • Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects


  • Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
  • Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)


  • 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 about US$ 3,991 to which is added Board and Lodging Allowance, currently:  Tirana EUR 113, Sarajevo EUR 113, Pristina EUR 116, Podgorica EUR 113 and Skopje EUR 113, per day subject to change without prior notice. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.


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