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Chief of Section (Local Governance Section)


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Functional level
Middle management
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
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:

  • University education in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills
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:


  • An advanced degree in public administration, law, human rights or a related field
  • At least six years of relevant international work experience in government reform, law, human rights, or a related field
  • At least three years of management/supervisory experience
  • At least two years of experience of working in an international environment
  • Proven experience in monitoring, reporting, policy-making and/or institutional reform projects on government reform issues and/or human rights
  • Knowledge of the principles and standards of European Charter on Local Self Government
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Professional fluency in the English language and capability of drafting reports under pressure and within short deadlines
  • 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 judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames and
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal and institutional system of the mission area
  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area
  • Previous experience in OSCE field missions, preferably in the South East Europe
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Democratization Department, the Chief of the Local Governance Section:

  1. Provides strategic direction for the Local Governance Section in co-operation with other sections within the Department of Democratization;
  2. Supervises six professional and support staff of the Local Governance Section;
  3. Assists in the development and implementation of the Mission's policy on good local governance and serves as the good local governance focal point for the Mission;
  4. Oversees the design and implementation of the Section's projects;
  5. Co-ordinates and oversees the drafting of reports based on information provided by the field staff, and follows up on recommendations with the responsible institutions;
  6. Co-operates with other international partners, the government institutions, and non-governmental organizations in developing good governance, human rights and rule of law objectives;
  7. Analyses draft laws for, and policies of, municipalities for compliance with good governance human rights and rule of law standards;
  8. Reviews and analyses policy documents, reports and proposed legislation in light of relevant international and European good governance and human rights standards;
  9. Participates in the Department's and Division / Section's policy making process;
  10. Represents the Mission in meetings, seminars and/or conferences;
  11. Engages in other specific tasks at the discretion of the Director of Department;
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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