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Border Observer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Rostov Region
Date of issue
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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • University degree or advanced training in border control, migration and customs practices and relevant field- Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment
  • Significant prior experience in any of the following fields: international border controls and relevant fields such as international migration controls and customs practices, political and security issues, and law enforcement
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials
  • Physically and mentally fit to work in arduous and hazardous environment
  • Fluency in the English language, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Working knowledge of the Russian language, primarily oral
  • Cultural sensitivity and sound judgment
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Possession of a valid automobile Class 'C' driving license is an advantage
  • Graduate of a Border Guard, Customs or Law Enforcement Academy or Training Institute
Tasks and Responsibilities

Selection of candidates is on-going and selected candidates may be selected even prior to the deadline date of the vacancy notice.

The mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission has been extended until 23 March 2015, and is subject to extension.

Seconding authorities are requested to ensure that the Border Observers are provided with diplomatic passports.

Under the overall guidance of the Chief Observer, the Border Observer performs the following specific responsibilities:

  1. At the Russian Federation border crossing points, monitors and reports regularly on the security situation at the checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk, including the overall situation in the immediate area of the border checkpoints;
  2. Maintains constructive contact, inter alia, with regional and local authorities and members of the local population;
  3. Liaises with other international organizations operating in the respective area of deployment;
  4. Contributes to analytical work of the team in his/her identified area of responsibility;
  5. Performs other duties as assigned. Some Observers may be designated as reporting, media or security focal points.

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

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

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.



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