Job: Chief, Law and Justice Section (Pristina, Kosova)

Deadline: May 13, 2016

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).

Minimum Requirements:
  • 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:
  • University education in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Level of Competence Requirements:
  1.  Education:
    • Advanced education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable
  2. Experience:
    • Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position
Mission Specific Requirements:
  1.  Mandatory:
    • Extensive courtroom experience (as a judge, prosecutor, advocate/lawyer, judicial clerk, and/or trial monitor) or extensive experience in the legal sector (e.g. in judicial reforms, capacity-building of non-judicial human rights institutions)
    • At least three years of significant management and supervisory experience
    • Proven record of dealing with human rights related issues
    • Experience in drafting and editing legal documents
    • Experience in project management
    • Knowledge of European and international human rights law and conventions
    • Professional fluency in the English language
    • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
    • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgement to local conditions and communities
    • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
    • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  2. Desirable:
    • Experience in dealing with international organizations, including the United Nations, or donors that focus on promoting the rule of law or human rights compliance
    • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the mission area
    • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Chief of Law and Justice Section (LJS) is in charge of the three thematic portfolios of the Section, coordinating and directing the work of the Law and Policy, the Human Rights and Rule of Law Teams. He/she is responsible for the overall budgetary and non-budgetary activities of the LJS. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Communities Department, the Chief of Law and Justice Section:
  1. Coordinates and directs the LJS short and mid-term strategy of the three main thematic portfolios, in line with the strategic priorities of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and of the Human Rights and Communities Department
  2. Liaises with the other programmatic sections of the Human Rights and Communities Department and with the relevant field staff in order to ensure a coherent approach of the LJS activities within the Human Rights and Communities Department
  3. Designs, implements and supervises the implementation of projects
  4. Reviews and analyses daily and weekly reports and case-specific tracking memos produced by staff based in the OSCE regional offices
  5. Oversees the drafting of all LJS reports
  6. Chairs round table meetings with local and international stakeholders to obtain feedback and discuss issues falling under the LJS mandate, as delegated by the supervisor
  7. Meets with officials of the Kosovo institutions, and makes recommendations for training needs and capacity-building activities
  8. Directs the actions necessary to follow-up LJS recommendations and findings
  9. Serves as first-level supervisor to 19 staff and second-level supervisor to 14 staff, and manages the legal and administrative work of professional and support staff; clears all LJS reports and outputs
  10. Performs outreach activities
  11. Creates training programs for LJS staff
  12. Performs other duties as required

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number (VNKOSS01844) at: Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.