Poland: Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, Chief of CPRSI

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Country: Poland
Closing date: 27 Jul 2017


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.

The OSCE/ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) has been established by the OSCE participating States in 1994 to act as a clearing house and sharing good policies and experiences in improving the situation of Roma and Sinti. The core activities of the CPRSI are guided by the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti and the three subsequent Ministerial Council Decisions focusing on the overall improvement of the situation of Roma and Sinti. Its core functions are to assist the OSCE participating States in policy development and implementation, to monitor and report about progress and challenges in this area and to build capacity of national authorities and the Roma and Sinti civil society.

The CPRSI manages several extra-budgetary projects, which require a team of designated project staff to plan and implement project activities. The incumbent will be engaged in the planning and implementation of the project Roma Inclusion on Ukraine – Assisting Ukrainian authorities and Roma civil society to shape and implement Roma integration policies and respond to the challenges of Roma in Ukraine:

In line with its mandate, the CPRSI carried out a field assessment visit to Ukraine in 2014 and published its findings in the OSCE/ODIHR “Situation Assessment Report on Roma in Ukraine and the Impact of Current Crisis”: 1. Building on the key conclusions of the field visit, ODIHR embarked on an extra-budgetary project to promote Roma inclusion in Ukraine within a two-year framework; 2. The project aims to strengthen capacities for Roma integration among national, regional and local authorities and Roma civil society in Ukraine. Upon availability of extra-budgetary funds, a selected number of activities will be implemented to strengthen capacities for Roma integration among national, regional and local authorities and Roma civil society in Ukraine, with a focus on addressing civil registration issues, access to quality education and housing and improving the relations between law enforcement and Roma while accounting for a gender mainstreaming approach.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the First Deputy Director, the Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti issues will develop and implement all programmatic activities and projects related to tasks assigned to CPRSI in the Action Plan and/or as stipulated under relevant Ministerial and Permanent Councils decisions related to Roma and Sinti. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Leading the CPRSI by overseeing formulation and implementation of the programme of work, budget and work plan for the ODIHR CPRSI and participating in the overall work of ODIHR;
  • Performing human and financial resource management including supervisory functions vis à vis staff;
  • Enhancing the CPRSI capacity as clearing house and its ability to provide quality and timely expertise/advice to participating States, state institutions and bodies, international organizations, Roma and Sinti organizations and civil society;
  • Developing and managing all projects and activities related to implementation of the provisions of Action Plan and Ministerial Council Decision No. 6/08 and/or as response to emerging trends/developments/crisis situations or incidents regarding Roma and Sinti communities;
  • Maintaining communication and responds to all requests, calls, proposals from participating States, international organizations and/or state’s bodies and institutions;
  • Performing other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see: http://www.osce.org/odihr

Necessary Qualifications

  • Second-level university degree in Law, Political Science, Social Sciences or related field;
  • At least eight years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible experience in human rights and Roma and Sinti issues, in a government or international administration environment;
  • Awareness of technical cooperation principles, concepts and techniques;
  • Managerial experience;
  • Excellent understanding of gender mainstreaming principles and practices;
  • Excellent level of English, both written and spoken;
  • Working knowledge of other OSCE languages;
  • Knowledge of the Roma language is desirable.

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,000, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. 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.

Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How to apply:

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.