Gender Adviser for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights , Warsaw
Close on 26 Nov 2020
Location: Warsaw (Poland)
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Job Description

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at OSCE/ODIHR must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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 overall guidance of the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, the Gender Adviser for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination will advise on issues relating to gender-based hate crimes and tolerance and non-discrimination issues related to gender and provide guidance and assistance in respect of developments affecting the above-mentioned issues throughout the OSCE region. In particular, the incumbent performs the following functions:

  1. Providing advice and analysis on all issues related to gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination by preparing reports, background materials and talking points for the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department and the ODIHR management;
  2. Providing analysis of incidents motivated by gender or gender-related discrimination, with a particular focus on the response of governmental authorities to such incidents;
  3. Developing and managing all projects and activities aimed at ending gender-based hate crimes and gender or gender-related discrimination;
  4. Collecting and analysing information from throughout the OSCE area on best practices for preventing and responding to gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination based on information from OSCE participating States, international institutions and NGOs;
  5. Establishing and maintaining contact with governmental authorities and national, regional and international organizations on issues and programmes related to efforts to end gender-based hate crime and gender or gender-related discrimination;
  6. Performing other related duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see:

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree preferably in international relations, gender studies, political science, social sciences, law or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in the human rights field;
  • Practical experience in research, monitoring and reporting on hate-motivated incidents and discrimination;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues relating to gender and gender-related discrimination;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and implementation;
  • Familiarity with regional and international initiatives to end gender and gender-related discrimination and intolerance and experience in the development and implementation of educational programmes addressing discrimination and promoting tolerance;
  • Excellent knowledge of UN, Council of Europe, EU and OSCE human rights standards;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Professional fluency in the Englsih language, both oral and written as well as excellent communication skills; knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
  • Ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

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

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

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

About OSCE

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 work of the OSCE spans the globe, encompassing three continents - North America, Europe and Asia - and more than a billion people.

  • Field Operations - Most of the OSCE’s staff and resources are deployed in the OSCE’s field operations in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Institutions and Structures - The Organization has a number of institutions and structures that help it implement its mandate. In addition, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly brings together parliamentarians from all participating States.
  • Participating States and Partners for Co-operation - The Organization comprises 57 participating States, 6 Mediterranean and 5 Asian Partners for Co-operation.

What OSCE do?

Security touches on many aspects of the way we live and are governed. The OSCE's comprehensive view of security covers three “dimensions”: the politico-military; the economic and environmental; and the human.The OSCE's activities cover all three of these areas, from "hard" security issues such as conflict prevention to fostering economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.