Senior Project Officer (S2)

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OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

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: 

  • First-level university degree 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:



A first-level university degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Extensive experience in project management including project design, implementation, reporting and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of the Logical Framework approach for project management;
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure gender integration in project design and implementation;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Strong analytical, organizational and planning skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work creatively and independently;
  • Strong interpersonal, motivational and communication skills;
  • Strong drafting and presentation skills;
  • Excellent command of standard office computer applications (including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility, cultural sensitivity and judgment to local conditions and communities;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.


  • Experience in negotiation and mediation;
  • Experience in working with community-based institutions and capacity-building programmes;
  • Ability to operate ORACLE and Project Management software;
  • Experience with budget management;
  • Previous experience in field missions;
  • Previous experience with human rights projects.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department (HRCD) and the overall guidance of the Director of the HRCD, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:
  1. Acting as the focal point for project managers within the HRCD to assess project proposals prepared by the Department’s Sections on programmatic content, coherence and consistency to the HRCD Programme and advising the Directors accordingly;
  2. Ensuring effectiveness and coordination in the planning, development and evaluation of the projects of the programmatic sections of the HRCD, and will propose corrective actions to the project managers and to the Directors, as needed;
  3. Working closely with the Department’s Gender Unit and sections to integrate principles of gender equality and ensure gender mainstreaming within all HRCD projects;
  4. Acting as focal point for the Office of Central Co-ordination (OCC) in the Mission and ensuring effective operational management of projects through productive co-operation with the OCC and relevant Offices/Units within the Mission;
  5. In co-operation with OCC, liaising with the project focal points from the Mission’s other Departments during the planning, development and implementation phases to ensure coordination and complementarity of projects and activities;
  6. Facilitating project development, for unforeseen project initiatives, as required and deemed necessary, on an ad-hoc basis for the HRCD Programme;
  7. Supporting the Department’s sections and the Regional Center Directors  in analysing trends and needs deriving from reports produced by the HRCD in order to identify possible project initiatives or avenues of advocacy;
  8. Overseeing the implementation of planned projects within the HRCD and informing the Regional Center Directors  accordingly on programmatic changes and project amendments if required;
  9. Acting – in co-operation with OCC – as a focal point for technical training needs assessments of the Department;
  10. Preparing materials on project review/briefings for the Senior Management of the HRCD;
  11. Ensuring that project managers are aware of reporting requirements, deadlines and coach project managers on how to prepare qualitative reports and evaluations within the Department;
  12. Representing the HRCD at internal Mission meetings of relevance to project managers;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of HRCD.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see:

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.


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


Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. 

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under If your participating State does not provide the option to apply online for seconded positions, you are kindly requested to submit your offline application form available at the respective OSCE delegation whose address can be found at

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

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