First Deputy Director of ODIHR

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Warsaw, Poland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th June, 2020

Job Description


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:

  • Participate in the development of organizational objectives.
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of, as well as coordinate the work of the Election, Democratization, Human Rights, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Programmes and of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues.
  • Enable the maximum of horizontal and cross-sectoral policy development and execution in order to further improve effectiveness and synergies.
  • Ensure consistency and coherence throughout the Office in programming and policy implementation, in particular for the execution of programmes funded by extrabudgetary contributions.

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:

  • senior management of the Secretariat, other institutions, and field offices of the OSCE, to ensure consistency at the policy level, co-ordination at the level of major operational undertakings, and consistency between the Office’s planned activities and resources;
  • other relevant international organizations, in order to keep each other informed and to help develop synergies in policy and programme activities;
  • governments and delegations of participating States, in particular, together with the Second Deputy Director, the authorities of the host country.

Perform other duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced University degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Social Sciences or other related field;
  • Minimum twelve years of progressively responsible experience in government or international organization and at least five to seven years at the international level;
  • Proven experience in programme management in areas within ODIHR’s mandate, and senior management and decision-making role, preferably in the OSCE region.;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English. Working knowledge of Russian desirable;
  • Experience and skills in the management of institutions or larger departments with multi-national staff. Proven experience in staff management and ability to build and maintain teams in the institutional context. Ability to plan, organize and supervise work;
  • Thorough knowledge of multilateralism, human dimension and election issues and priorities;
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills;
  • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to make complex decisions, delegate and resolve conflicts. Good diplomatic skills;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment. Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of or experience utilizing computers including word processing software, planning tools, databases;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to work with people with different national, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Remuneration Package:

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.


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