Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
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
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Director, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the First Deputy Director (FDD) will be responsible for managing the planning and implementation of ODIHR’s thematic programmes. Specifically, the FDD will perform the following duties:
Formulate, clarify and pursue strategies and oversee the development of policies and programmes in order to implement the ODIHR’s mandate and ensureonsistency with the objectives of the OSCE and the general guidance from the Permanent Council.
Perform as the Alternate to the Director of ODIHR in his function as Fund Manager of the ODIHR and as Programme Manager of the Policy and Direction Programme.
Manage, in cooperation with the Second Deputy Director, the operations of the Office and coordinate the activities of all its components, in particular as follows:
See to that instruments are implemented throughout the Office in order to ensure continuous programme evaluation and accountability.
Ensure that delegations of the Participating States are kept informed of ODIHR activities and plans, in close co-operation with the Director’s office.
Manage the organization of major ODIHR events, in particular the annual Human Dimension Meetings (HDIM, SHDMs, Seminar), by providing leadership on the substantive aspects of the events and coordination of all involved.
Interpret, together with senior staff, relevant political developments and forecasts, their impact on ODIHR operations, policies and programmes to serve as a basis for the Director’s decisions.
Maintain, in support of the Director, in close co-operation with the Head of the Director’s Office/Senior Political Advisor, and, with the Special Advisor/Director’s Representative in Vienna, liaison with external partners, as follows:
Perform other duties as required.
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 8,600 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 maintained by the OSCE. 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.
Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.