Adviser on Combating Racism and Xenophobia EUR 4,900

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 24 November 2017

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OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
International Contracted
Human Rights
3 November 2017
24 November 2017

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.

Under the Maastricht Ministerial Council Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, ODIHR was given the task to serve as a collection point for information and statistics on hate crimes, including on forms of violent manifestations of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance and to report regularly on these issues.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing all of Programme activities and projects related to (combating) racism and xenophobia, also focusing on intolerance against Christians, members of other religions, Roma and other groups (racism and xenophobia), and will be responsible for ensuring the overall implementation of taskings given to ODIHR in MC.DEC 12104, MC.DEC l0/05 and other relevant Ministerial and Permanent Council Decisions.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Deputy Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, the Adviser on Combating Racism and Xenophobia performs the following functions:

  1. Monitoring and reporting on manifestations of racism and xenophobia, in particular hate crimes, with a focus on the response of governmental authorities and good practises;
  2. Providing analysis and advise on issues related to racism and xenophobia and recommending interventions to the ODIHR management;
  3. Developing, managing and delivering capacity-building projects and activities aimed at combating racism and xenophobia, in particular hate-crime;
  4. Establishing and maintaining contact with relevant stakeholders on issues and programmes related to combating racism and xenophobia;
  5. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see:

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in international relations, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • At least six years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible experience at national and international level in human rights, preferably in the field of combating racism and xenophobia and other forms of intolerance;
  • Excellent understanding of issues relating to racism and xenophobia;
  • Sound political judgement, outstanding analytical and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with regional and international initiatives to combat racism and xenophobia and experience in the development and implementation of educational programmes for combating racism and xenophobia;
  • Knowledge of international human rights standards;
  • Excellent experience in project design and implementation, preferably in the field of combating racism and xenophobia and other forms of intolerance;
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting on incidents of racism and xenophobia;
  • Training and presentation skills desirable;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Knowledge of other OSCE languages is desirable.
Required competencies
Core values
  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Core competencies
  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: 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
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: 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 is approximately EUR 4,900, 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. 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 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 shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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