Job: Head of Human Dimension Unit (OSCE-Kyiv, Ukraine)

Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2017

Head of Human Dimension Unit (re-issued)
Area of Expertise: Human Rights
Level:  Senior management
Duty Station: Kyiv
Date of Entry on Duty: As soon as possible
Deadline for Applications: Apply by 12 January to receive full consideration (closing date: 19 January 2017)

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Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: act by 12 January 2017. Only short-listed candidates 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:

·        University education in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
·        Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position
·        Proven track record in one or more of the Human Dimension fields (human rights, minority or gender issues, etc.)
·        Proven ability to establish contact and develop constructive relations with government officials and institutions, as well as the ability to work with civil society
·        Strong management background, particularly in budget control, administrative matters and project management; excellent organizational and analytical skills
·        Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
·        Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
·        Demonstrated skills in preparing analytical reports
·        Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
·        Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments; willingness to travel to conflict area
·        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; Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
·        Excellent physical condition
·        Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
·        Experience in working in Eastern Europe, preferably in Ukraine after 2014, and/or knowledge of the region is desirable
·        Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations, preferably in a peace mission context is desirable
·        Experience in working with governmental/diplomatic structures is desirable
·        Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s) is desirable

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine’s (SMM) Chief Monitor and under the direct supervision of the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor, the Head of Human Dimension Unit (HDU) is responsible for the following tasks:

1.      Sets the strategic direction of the Human Dimension Unit and determines priorities; ensures consistency with, and relevance to, the Mission’s mandate;
2.      Oversees, co-ordinates and analyses reporting on developments related to rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rights of individuals belonging to national minorities and/or other issues related to the promotion and protection of rights; informs the SMM senior management of priority issues in the promotion, protection and implementation of rights, identifies priority initiatives and contributes to planning these for the Mission;
3.      Co-ordinates, monitors and evaluates all Human Dimension projects and initiatives; acts as programme manager with budgetary and administrative oversight of the unit’s activities;
4.      Manages the work of the HDU in support of the negotiation process aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict;
5.      Advises the Head/Chief Monitor and prepares reports on all Human Dimension issues throughout Ukraine related to the Mission’s mandate, including potential problems, their causes and possible consequences;
6.      Co-ordinates Human Dimension issues with other OSCE Institutions, in particular the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), government officials, local experts, international governments and non-governmental organizations;
7.      Assists in arranging OSCE regional events, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
8.      Coaches and supervises the work of the 11 HDU staff in the head office; ensures field office staff working on human dimension issues receives sufficient support from other responsible thematic sections;
9.      Performs other duties as required.