Legal Adviser, Major Crimes and Legal Reform

Deadline for application: 
02 Sep 2016
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Job type: 
Legal Expert

General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • University education in law
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


University degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • University degree in law or related field;
  • Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience, of which at least 3 spent working in the field of criminal justice or human rights either as a practitioner or as an advisor for an international organization;
  • Sound knowledge of criminal law and of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Experience in supporting domestic institutions in the prosecution of corruption, terrorism or hate crimes is an asset;
  • Experience in program planning and management;
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills;
  • Knowledge of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the conflict and its consequences;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability and readiness to work in a stressful environment, ability to work under time constraints.


Advanced degree in law or related field.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Rule of Law of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Legal Adviser, Major Crimes and Legal Reform will be responsible for providing targeted advice to the Department on issues concerning legal reform needs of the criminal justice system, particularly with regards to the ability of the courts system to address major crimes. A particular focus will be on the effective prosecution of corruption, terrorism and hate crimes. Specific duties include:

  • Monitoring, analyzing and reporting on the state of the criminal justice system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in relation to the Department´s justice sector monitoring activities, legal and structural reforms as they relate to the prosecution of corruption, terrorism and hate crimes;
  • Providing advice and assistance to justice actors throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of processing cases of corruption, terrorism and hate crimes;
  • Providing advice to the Head of Rule of Law, Management of the Department and the field staff on criminal law, especially in relation to justice sector reform;
  • Ensuring the accurate gathering and flow of information, particularly in the spotting of key issues arising within trials, as reported by field monitors;
  • Contributing to drafting of other documents and submissions on behalf of the HDD;
  • Following legislative and policy developments at the national, entity, cantonal and local level that impact on the rights of individuals;
  • Participating in meetings with local authorities, international agencies, members of the judiciary, defence counsel, and prosecutors;
  • Working with the other members of the Department to suggest and develop strategies for specific situations where necessary and follows up on rule of law issues;
  • Together with other programmatic personnel in the Rule of Law, reviewing legislation to identify provisions which conflict with international standards or gaps in the legislation which prevents the application of the rule of law;
  • Representing the OSCE at rule of law and justice sector meetings with other international organizations, government officials, etc.;
  • Supervising six mission members;
  • Performing other duties as required.

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