Job: Head of Human Rights, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deadline: June 15

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Head of Human Rights
Level: Middle Management
Area of Expertise: Human Rights
Vacancy number: VNBAHS00716
Duty station: Sarajevo
Apply by: June 15

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In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by June 15. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced university degree in law, human rights, political science, international relations, public policy, or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position;
  • Experience in human rights program development and political analysis, including the production of reports, verbal and written briefings;
  • Detailed understanding of both the human rights situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular its institutions and bodies (at all levels of government), and the overall political situation;
  • Understanding of the work of the OSCE Mission in the human dimension;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information;
  • Working knowledge of the local languages a strong advantage.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head, Human Dimension Department, the incumbent is the principal staff member responsible for the day to day management of the Human Rights Project of the Human Dimension Program. S/he is also responsible for providing advice to the Deputy Head and Head on matters related to program design and implementation planning and evaluation. The incumbent supervises the programmatic personnel within the Project so that their activities and projects are incorporated into the work of the field-based Human Dimension teams in the areas of supporting national human rights protection mechanisms, non-discrimination, and social justice. The incumbent interacts closely with the other Heads of Projects to ensure that cross-cutting issues are jointly identified and supported through the activities and analysis of the section. Implementation planning and evaluation is done through regular communication with both Departmental Deputy Head and Head, and the Heads of Field Office to ensure that strategies for pursuing targeted and meaningful reform are identified and acted upon in a timely manner. Specifically, Head of Human Rights:

  1. Manages a project dedicated to ensuring that relevant governmental institutions and legislation promote reforms goals aimed at ensuring access to effective remedies, tolerance and non-discrimination as well as social inclusion and sustainability of return;
  2. Oversees ongoing legislative review and revisions, as well as monitoring and reporting on effective implementation of the country’s human dimension commitments;
  3. Ensures close contacts with relevant national human rights institutions, authorities, social protection service providers and civil society groups engaged in the involved thematic areas;
  4. Oversees and coordinates the implementation of the capacity building activities and technical assistance provided to assist the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ombudsman Institution, judiciary, Roma communities and advocates, associations of social workers and social welfare centers;
  5. Oversees and coordinates different efforts within the project aimed at monitoring the selection of beneficiaries of the Regional Housing Program and improving implementation of Annex 7 to Dayton Peace Agreement;
  6. Provides support in the development and implementation of the project’s budget and human resources planning;
  7. Assists the Deputy Head and Head, Human Dimension Department with development and strategy formulation;
  8. Liaises with international and domestic organizations active in the field of human rights and social inclusion at the working level;
  9. Integrates project evaluation and long-term impact assessment practices into all policy and project work;
  10. Supervises 16 staff;
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.