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Camera/Sensor Expert

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
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:



  • Advanced university degree in Information technology, electronics, business administration, international relations, operations management or graduate of a national military, police or emergency response academy at officer level with subsequent experience running 24/7 watch or control centres or other relevant field
  • Minimum 6 years documented experience being employed in a similar role or position
  • Sound understanding of Information Technology and Surveillance Systems (primarily video surveillance) application in field conditions with minimal or no existent infrastructure
  • Expert knowledge/understanding of video cameras for surveillance systems especially daylight cameras with optical sensors, thermal vision cameras (cooled or uncooled technology), their fundamental features and areas of application, functionality
  • Understanding of basic functional feature of software applications used to control the operation of surveillance camera packages – ranges for detection, identification and recognition of objects
  • Ability to make concrete sound decisions in a field environment with minimum external support in a team of people with a variety of competency portfolios and national background, and lead the team on video surveillance matters
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of electrical power systems based on solar and/or wind sources of energy
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments
  • 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 MS Word, Excel, Outlook as well as familiarity with internet search engines and techniques; experience with Access or other commercial databases desirable
  • Ability to assess situations and react rapidly, as well as to adjust and cope with changing tasks and priorities



  • Possession of a valid automobile 'Class C' driving license is a definite advantage
  • Experience in off-road driving is an advantage
  • Experience in living and working in adverse or kinetic environments
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian languages is a distinct advantage
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region


Tasks and Responsibilities    

Please note that the recruitment for this position will be done in batches.


Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.


If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.


Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.


In an effort to build an effective and continually operating technical monitoring capability, the SMM is developing a robust sustainment program under the direction and supervision of the Fund Administration and Information and Communication Technologies Section (ICT). The technology which is being sustained directly in operated at the Technical Monitoring Centre.


The selected candidates may be deployed either in the Donetsk or Luhansk region.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Fund Administration and direct supervision of the Chief of ICT, the Camera/Sensor Expert performs the following specific functions:


  1. Manages the surveillance maintenance team and provides expert advice on fundamental features, areas of application and functionality of the surveillance equipment;
  2. Assists the Chief of ICT in building a robust sustainment programme;
  3. Provides recommendations and advises on mission-specific common technological surveillance standards;
  4. Contributes to the development of plans on, inter alia, command and control, operational support, technical and expert support deployment, personal security (in co-ordination with the SMM's regional security advisors), logistics and administration as they relate to technical monitoring;
  5. Provides recommendations on and supports installation and maintenance of the monitoring systems;
  6. Contributes to the development of various technical monitoring concepts for the SMM;
  7. Participates in and provides input to periodic planning and information meetings designed to develop short- and long-range strategies to resolve issues, develops requirements and/or system integration support;
  8. Develops and updates Electro Optical Infra Red (O/IR) and associated systems sustainment Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  9. Develops work plans and weekly schedules for the deployment of a maintenance team;
  10. Drafts daily, weekly and monthly activity reports;
  11. Works in conjunction with Technical Monitoring Centre (TMC) to monitor the status of sensors and sensor-related equipment and accessories;
  12. Carries out basic troubleshooting of surveillance systems designed to perform in an autonomous mode (unattended surveillance systems), requirements to support them and maintain their operational lifetime;
  13. Monitors software applications used to control the operation of surveillance camera packages – ranges for detection, identification and recognition of objects;
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.



For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see


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. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.


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.