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Deputy Head of Mission


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Moldova
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Functional level
Senior 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 relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Strong management and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all programme staff in the Mission, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining strict impartiality and objectivity
  • Professional fluency in the English language and ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrable organizational skills; ability to plan, implement and solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • Strong working knowledge of Russian and/or Romanian languages, including the ability to conduct substantive business in these languages
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Demonstrable ability to be perceived as neutral, impartial and fair in a multilateral diplomatic context
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiations
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including work processing, spreadsheets and email


  • Regional knowledge and work experience in Eastern Europe
  • Experience of working in field operation/s, particular in crisis area with multinational and international organizations
  • Experience in results-based programme management
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM), the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) co-ordinates and supervises the daily operations of the Mission.

The DHoM supports the HoM in implementing her/his strategic guidance across the Mission's projects and programmes.

The DHoM co-ordinates and oversees, on the HoM's behalf, all aspects of the separate sections/programmes within the Mission, including the related operational, logistical and general administrative matters.

The DHoM, also acts as the Senior Policy Advisor to the HoM.

In particular, the DHoM:

  1. Oversees, co-ordinates and manages the daily implementation of the Mission's plans and policies and, on behalf of the HoM, supervises and advises Programme Managers in the Mission in order to ensure that the Mission's mandate and objectives are met;
  2. Advises the HoM on the Mission's priorities in such areas as development of policies and programmes as well as personnel management;
  3. Reports to the HoM on the activities and progress of the Mission's activities, and drafts the Monthly Activity report;
  4. Shares responsibility with the Mission's Chief of Fund Administration Unit in the drafting of the Mission annual Budget, Mid-Year Review and Annual Programme Outline;
  5. Works actively on a wide range of political, political-military and social issues pertaining to the Transdniestrian region, as well as the monitoring of the Security Zone;
  6. Co-ordinates OSCE events, inter alia, seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  7. When necessary, represents the HoM at the appropriate level with Embassies, International Organizations, international and national NGOs working in the areas of activity corresponding to the Mission's mandate;
  8. Acts as HoM in her/his absence;
  9. 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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