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Chief, Operations Room


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Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Middle management
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 education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • University degree in international relations, political science, or related field or graduate of a national military or police academy at officer level
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience (civilian, military or police), preferably in a multinational environment and with experience in operational and staff management
  • Experience in an operations/situation centre for field operations, with an operational and incident reporting function
  • Ability to balance diverse and demanding tasks simultaneously and establish priorities
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to analyse and communicate clearly and concisely
  • Excellent analytical skills and political sensitivity, as well as sound practical judgement
  • Knowledge of mapping programmes and an ability to analyse map and graphical data would be preferable
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations and cope with the unexpected
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment
  • 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Familiarity with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's mandate and area of monitoring operations
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2016, 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.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations, the incumbent will lead all activities and be responsible for the overall management, supervision and performance of the Operations Room. The Chief, Operations Room performs the following duties:

  1. Is responsible for all operational and administrative matters related to the operations room;
  2. Develops and implements all policy guidelines and standard operation procedures for the effective functioning of the operations room (including the duty operations staff roster for 24/7 staffing);
  3. Produces and delivers the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU) headquarters operational 'overview';
  4. Organizes an effective configuration of the operations room;
  5. Oversees the collection, collation and analysis of all operational reports;
  6. Ensures regular communication with monitoring Teams (MTs) and MT patrols and Preparation of operational updates and briefings on a daily basis;
  7. Provides the SMMU daily operational brief to the Head and Deputy Head of Operations;
  8. Deals with operational event/incident reporting and follow up action;
  9. Provides operational situational reports (SITREPS) and briefs Chief Monitor's Senior Management Team, Head of Operations, Deputy Head of Operations, and Head of Security on all operational events/incidents/crisis, as necessary;
  10. Briefs the OSCE participating States' Delegations, as well as external visitors regarding activities of the operations room;
  11. Establishes efficient working relations and good co-operation between the operations room and relevant units of the OSCE Secretariat;
  12. Supervises six operations room staff;
  13. Performs other duties as required.

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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