National Consultant on Minorities (SSA) - OSCE Mission to Moldova, Chisinau

National Consultant on Minorities (SSA) - OSCE Mission to Moldova, Chisinau

  • Issued by: OSCE Mission to Moldova
  • Requisition ID: MOL000030
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: MOL - OSCE Mission to Moldova, Chisinau
  • Issue Date: Mar 26, 2023
  • Closing Date: May 5, 2023
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: Human Rights



The Human Rights (HuR) Programme requires the services of a second local expert to co-facilitate the establishment, training and co-ordination of the Advisory Board together with the already recruited local expert (lead).
In 2023, the Mission is implementing a project aimed at promoting human and minority rights as a means for increased participation and social inclusion. Within this project, the Mission plans to focus on supporting establishment of an “Advisory Board On The Rights of National Minorities” at the central level. The Advisory Board will comprise civil society organizations and experts. It will provide advice to the Agency of Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ombudsperson’s office and Equality Council of Moldova. The co-operation of the three institutions was established on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The establishment of the Advisory Board should be preceded by conducting the necessary preparatory activities, such as conceptualizing the idea, lobbying it with the relevant authorities and CSOs, conducting proper consultation process and preparing the statutory documents of the Advisory Board. Following this process, the Advisory Board will be established through an open competition process. During the second stage of the process, a series of workshops should follow for the Advisory Board. The main mandate of the Advisory Board, which would be a representative body of CSOs working on national minority issues, would be to promote the rights of national minorities at the central level. In addition, the Advisory Board will also support the work of the three institutions on national minorities, including in analyzing reforms/policies undertaken in Moldova from the perspective of the rights of national minorities. 

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The second local expert will be engaged for a total of 25 days in the period from 10 May – 30 November 2023.

Activity 2.1. Establishing the Advisory Board on the rights of national minorities 

  • co-develop the concept and framework documents of the Advisory Board, including the Terms of References for selection of the Advisory Board members, as well as other relevant internal regulations for the functioning of the Advisory Board in close consultations with the relevant three stakeholders;
  • provide any other necessary advisory assistance in the preparation process for establishment of the Advisory Board;
  • co-facilitate the organization of an open competition process for selection of civil society representatives for the Advisory Board;
  • provide any necessary advice and consultations in the process of selection and establishment of the Advisory Board;
  • co-mentor the Advisory Board at the initial stage of its activity in order to respond to any possible questions;
  • adjust the regulatory framework or work practices so that from 2024 the Advisory Board can be a sustainable functioning body.

Activity 2.2. Conducting a series of capacity building trainings for the Advisory Board on the rights of national minorities

  • Organize two online capacity-building trainings for the Advisory Board. The first workshop should focus on human rights and non-discrimination and the second workshop should focus on advocacy and strategic planning.

Activity 2.3. Conducting quarterly co-ordination meetings of the Advisory Board on the rights of national minorities

  • Co-initiate at least 2 Advisory Board meeting. Meetings should take place in accordance with the rules and regulations incorporated in the constituting documents of the Advisory Board;
  • Prepare the final report about all activities of the Advisory Board

Duration of Assignment:

The duration of the consultancies will depend on the specific projects/activities

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, please see: 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations or other relevant fields;
  • Knowledge of national and international standards in the field of human rights and national minorities; 
  • Awareness about regional human rights issues;
  • Experience in conducting research and assessment of human rights related issues; 
  • Experience in drafting and analysing policy documents;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender and human-rights based perspective into task and activities;
  • Excellent written and spoken Russian and/or Romanian, knowledge of English is an asset;
  • Very dedicated to work undertaken;
  • Self-disciplined and responsible to deadlines;
  • Good PC skills, ability to use the Internet;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant's/expert's qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

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

Please note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language will not be considered.

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

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

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. 

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

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