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Chief of Staff


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
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:

  • University education in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
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 political science, international relations, law, business or public administration, or other related fields
  • Extensive professional experience at a senior management and policy-making level, preferably within an international environment, national administration or the private sector; proven track record of managerial experience
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • Demonstrated ability to identify strategic issues, link overall objectives and goals to the activities of the work units, to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction, and to inspire commitment from others
  • Ability to translate political mandates and requirements into managerial action; ability to mobilize effective support from within and outside the Mission; ability to effectively co-ordinate activities of multiple work units to achieve overall objectives
  • Ability to co-ordinate and monitor the work of others, requiring an in-depth understanding of strategic direction and overall objectives; ability to lead and supervise staff
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and presentational)
  • Cultural sensitivity and political 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
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Field experience
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian languages
  • Ability to create an environment that promotes initiative and innovation
Tasks and Responsibilities

The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Chief Monitors and is a member of the Mission's senior management team. Acting under the authority delegated by the Chief Monitor, the Chief of Staff is responsible for the following functions:

  1. Ensures the good management of the Mission, integrating its overall function, routines and processes;
  2. Manages the flow of information within the Mission, and in particular ensures coherent and integrated communication and information sharing within and between Head of Mission's Office and Programme Managers;
  3. Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of the Mission Implementation Plan to ensure optimal internal synergy and conformity with the Mission's overall strategic objectives;
  4. Co-ordinates and oversees program and project evaluation to ensure optimal effectiveness and performance;
  5. Co-ordinates and oversees the Program Outline and Budget preparation processes;
  6. Oversees the preparation of official statements and reports on key, cross-cutting issues;
  7. Advises the Head/Chief Monitor and Deputy Chief Monitors, and the senior management team on strategic planning and the co-ordination of substantive and managerial objectives;
  8. Develops and ensures implementation of procedures for the co-ordination of work in the Head of Mission's Office;
  9. Performs other duties as required.

The assignment of the selected candidate will be initially until 31 March 2015, subject to extension.


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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