Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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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, 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.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the Human Rights Department, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  • Analyzing, monitoring and providing expert advice and guidance on public policy, legislation and State practices affecting the respect for freedom of religion or belief and related human rights and fundamental freedoms, for the Head of the Human Rights Department and the ODIHR management. Following general and country-specific issues in the OSCE area and advising on programmatic priorities;
  • Providing the Head of the Human Rights Department and ODIHR management with information about developing trends in the OSCE region and providing guidance on issues requiring follow-up and recommending necessary actions or intervention;
  • Identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating project activities aimed at ensuring compliance with OSCE human dimension commitments. Project activities may cover a wide range of topics focusing on the protection of freedom of religion or belief and related fundamental freedoms and human rights;
  • Providing substantive and expert support for the organization of meetings on freedom of religion or belief, including relevant human dimension meetings;
  • Overseeing the co-ordination of the work of the ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief;
  • Managing the work of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Programme and supervising activity of the Associate Officer on Freedom of Religion or Belief and temporary contracted personnel and interns as relevant;
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with representatives of communities of religion or belief and relevant civil society actors in OSCE participating States;
  • Performing other duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in law, social and political science or another related field. Specialization in the field of human rights. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A minimum of eight years of professional work experience is required, including research and advocacy activity in related fields, of which at least two years at the international level;
  • At least two years of project management experience;
  • Proven expertise on FORB and the international framework for human rights protection;
  • Supervisory experience and experience managing teams is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of relevant national and international institutions, as well as previous involvement in relevant activities of intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations would be very helpful;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English is required. Working knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, is an asset;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,300 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social security will include participation in the Cigna International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.