Job title: Project Manager
Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Language: B/C/S and English
Eligibility: Residents of BiH
Application deadline: 10 October 2022
Starting date: December 2022 or ASAP
Duration: Until 31 March 2023, and renewed annually after that date
Type of engagement: Minimum of 12 days a month
The AIRE Centre
The Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE Centre) is a specialist non-governmental organisation that promotes the implementation of European Law and supports the victims of human rights violations. Its team of international lawyers provides expertise and practical advice on European Union and Council of Europe legal standards and has particular experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where it has participated in over 150 cases.
For twenty years now, the AIRE Centre has built an unparalleled reputation in the Western Balkans, operating at all levels of the region’s justice systems. It works in close cooperation with ministries of justice, judicial training centres and constitutional and supreme courts to lead, support and assist long-term rule of law development and reform projects. The AIRE Centre also cooperates with the NGO sector across the region to help foster legal reform and respect for fundamental rights. The foundation of all its work has always been to ensure that everyone can practically and effectively enjoy their legal rights. In practice this has meant promoting and facilitating the proper implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, assisting the process of European integration by strengthening the rule of law and ensuring the full recognition of human rights, and encouraging cooperation amongst judges and legal professionals across the region.
The AIRE Centre is implementing a 3-year regional project titled “Strengthening judicial response to serious and organised crime and impunity in BiH”. The project is in itssecond stage, with funding from the UK Government for 2022 – 2025. The first phase of the project was implemented between 2019 to 2022.
The overall aims of the project are to:
• Strengthen the capacity of the BiH judicial system to respond to serious and organised crime and impunity in BiH
• Increase the consistency and transparency of domestic case law.
• Encourage the Constitutional Court of BiH to align its decisions with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, in particular in the criminal justice sphere.
• Improve the external communication strategies of the Constitutional Court of BiH, HJPC and the highest courts to increase transparency and independence.
We will continue to build on our existing partnerships with the key domestic stakeholders in the justice sector, e.g. the courts, judicial training institutes and the HJPC to organise events, deliver publications and offer technical and expert assistance to increase judicial capacity, transparency and independence in BiH, in particular in the field of criminal law and combatting serious and organised crime.
The AIRE Centre strongly believes in the following values:
• Excellence in all it does, delivering to high standards, not taking work where it cannot
deliver to those standards, improving its effectiveness so it can more smoothly deliver
to those standards.
• Trust and support, with the team feeling empowered to deliver and take the initiative,
and learn from mistakes in a positive way.
• Accountability for delivering to high standards, always seeking to ensure delivery and
real-world impact, and facing up to challenges honestly.
• Openness, always seeking to reach out to colleagues and to develop and share
- Responsibilities of the project manager
The project manager will work under the direction of the Programme Director and alongside
expert colleagues in BiH. The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the project to high standards of quality and will support the project’s financial management.
Key responsibilities of the Project Manager will be:
• Plan and coordinate implementation of the project activities in cooperation with the Programme Director and project colleagues.
• Manage the delivery of project outputs to high quality in a timely and effective manner.
• Identify communication opportunities within the project and together with the communication offices prepare media inputs.
• Lead the development of expert content such as briefing papers, teaching materials, analyses and reports and ensure quality control of all project deliverables.
• Manage key stakeholders and beneficiaries, including funders.
• Take the lead on project reporting, risk management processes and the monitoring and evaluation of outcomes.
• Work with the regional office manager to manage financial resources allocated to the project and to secure the best value for money.
The Project Manager will be expected to take the initiative in running the project and managing stakeholders, seeking guidance and support from the Programme Director and Senior Project Experts (focusing on criminal justice and transparency strands) as appropriate. The Project Manager will also be able to draw on support and expertise from other colleagues involved in the programme across the region, as well as from the regional office manager.
The Project Manager will also assist with other AIRE Centre projects in the region as required and subject to availability.
- Required qualifications, experience and skills
The following are required qualifications for the role:
• Residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• University degree in Law, Criminal Justice, Political Science or Security Studies
The following experience is required:
• Five years of professional experience in law, law enforcement or a related field in the administration of justice.
• Three years of professional experience in the project management and coordination of technical cooperation or policy-oriented projects:
o Demonstrated work experience with different stakeholders including government
institutions, public officials and civil society,
o Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project management,
o Demonstrated experience in assignments related to the drafting of thematic content,
organization of conferences, workshops and/or training programmes.
• Track record of similar assignment(s) with donor-funded projects in the region.
The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the
• Knowledge and working experience in the international multilateral arena with national
and international organizations involved in the field of justice and law enforcement.
• Professional fluency in English both written and oral.
• Professional fluency in B/C/S both written and oral.
• Computer literacy.
• Agile or some other project management certificate will be considered an asset.
• Has strong organizational skills and is capable of taking the initiative.
• Has strong problem-solving skills.
The successful candidate will have the following competencies and attributes:
• Builds strong relationships with stakeholders and partners.
• Able to work as part of a team but also independently.
• Approaches work with energy and a positive, proactive mindset.
• Focuses on impacts and results for the partners.
• Responds positively, creatively, and constructively to changing situations and new
- Documents to be included when submitting the applications
Applicants must submit the following documents/information in English:
- Motivation letter
- Contact details of two referees familiar with the candidate’s work experience and who
can be contacted
- Availability/Commencement date
- Evaluation of applications
The AIRE Centre applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account the technical qualification of the candidates. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicant’s experience, education, and qualifications. The contract will be offered to the applicant whose application has been evaluated and determined as:
• responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
• having received the highest score out of the technical criteria defined below.
• Relevant qualifications, experience, knowledge/skills and competencies/attributes – 40 percentage points
• Specific experience in criminal justice field [field of serious organized crime] – 10 percentage points
• Specific experience in managing and coordinating projects – 10 percentage points
• Interview – 40 percentage points
The top five candidates (with the highest number of points in the experience/qualifications and education evaluation) will be considered for an interview.
- Conditions of the contract
The selected candidate is expected to start working in December 2022 or as soon as possible.
The appointment will be for an initial period up to 31 March 2022, renewable for a further 12
months annually until 31 March 2025.
The remuneration will be assessed in line with budgetary constraints and qualifications of
- How to apply
Full applications with supporting documents shall be sent by midnight on 10 October 2022 to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Late and incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Applicants will receive feedback on the status of the recruitment process not later than 17 October 2022.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.