Lead expert in psychological safety and well-being for human rights defenders (SSA)

  • Contract
  • Warsaw
  • Posted 2 months ago

OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe


Human rights defenders (HRDs) in the OSCE region face challenges in conducting their human rights work safely and securely, in effectively advocating for and communicating about human rights and in taking full advantage of new technologies. To address these challenges, ODIHR is implementing a set of interventions to promote a safe and enabling environment for HRDs, including people working for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and journalists, and to support them in conducting their work more effectively and securely. 

More specifically, ODIHR has initiated the creation of a secure and dynamic online space to enable co-ordination and collaboration of HRDs on a global scale in the form of a portal and platform, called “FreedomLab”, which was launched in June 2021. 

The collaborative platform FreedomLab.io was developed as a tool for sharing information and providing support to HRDs. With this platform, ODIHR offers unique opportunities for human rights defenders to continue their learning experience on topics related to human rights monitoring and safety and security.

 Objective of Assignment: 

ODIHR’s Human Rights Defenders (Capacity Building) team requires the services of a consultant to assist in the development of psychological safety and well-being content for the e-course on “Managing Risks: Safety and Security in Human Rights Work”.

 Duration of Assignment:
10 working days between July – August 2024 

Home-based. Assignment will include recording videos in ODIHR Headquarter in Warsaw. Travel expenses will be covered by ODIHR according to OSCE/ODIHR travel policy.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Human Rights Adviser/Capacity Building Co-ordinator, the consultant will: 

  1. Assist in developing substantial content on the topics of psychological safety and well-being and risk management for the e-course, including definitions of technical terms and concepts, detailed explanation of safety and security measures, etc.
  2. Feature in up to two videos on the topic of psychological safety and well-being in the context of risk management, to be recorded in Warsaw in July 2024;
  3. Support the development of quizzes and exercises for the e-course on the topic of psychological safety and well-being and risk management;
  4. Identify and recommend to ODIHR resources and materials relevant to the topics of psychological safety and well-being and risk management;
  5. Review the content of visuals, including diagrams and factsheets, and other materials developed by ODIHR;
  6. Engage and liaise with human rights defenders who are willing to provide quotes and testimonies for the e-course.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in areas related to psychological safety and well-being and human rights;
  • Experience in providing psychological and other types of support to human rights defenders;
  • Experience in conducting trainings for human rights defenders on topics related to psychological safety and well-being;
  • Solid knowledge of topics related to psychological safety and well-being;
  • Good understanding of the needs of human rights defenders in the areas of safety and security and of the potential risks they may face in their work;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;
  • Demonstrated human rights, gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate it into tasks and activities;
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset;
  • Previous engagement with the OSCE/ODIHR, including on capacity building activities for human rights defenders and/or activities related to their safety and security, is an advantage.

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 https://vacancies.osce.org/.


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 https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.


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

Additional Information
  • Issued by: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Requisition ID: ODI000153
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Level: Professional
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: ODI – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw
  • Issue Date: May 24, 2024
  • Closing Date: Jun 2, 2024
  • Job Field: Human Rights

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