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Deputy Head of Mission


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Skopje
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Functional level
Senior 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 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 background, particularly in an international/multinational framework
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with all departments and offices throughout the Mission, while maintaining strict impartiality and objectivity
  • Experience in results based program management
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames as well as the ability to plan, implement and solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Regional knowledge and work experience in the area of South-Eastern Europe
  • Prior field experience with the OSCE or another international organization
  • Experience in dealing with press and media
  • Knowledge of the local language or the most common lingua franca in the region
Tasks and Responsibilities

The Deputy Head of Mission, as guided by the Head of Mission, co-ordinates and oversees all aspects of the work of the departments/ programmes within the Mission, including related operational, logistic and general administrative matters. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy Head of Mission:

1. Supports the Head of Mission in developing and executing OSCE policies, programmes and operations in furtherance of the Mission¿s mandate;

2. Co-ordinates and manages the daily implementation of the Mission's plans and policies. Particular emphasis is placed on programme management, planning and budgeting processes, as well as oversight on operational and administrative matters;

3. Advises the Head of Mission on Mission priorities in terms of administration, policies, programmes, operations and general management;

4. Reports to the Head of Mission on the activities and progress of the Mission;

5. Interfaces with senior international civil, political and military personnel dealing or involved with the Mission, to ensure complementary approaches and good cooperation;

6. Engages in dialogue with key national and regional leaders and other interlocutors, to identify national priorities where the OSCE can play a support role;

7. Deputizes for the Head of Mission in his/her absence;

8. Performs other duties as assigned.


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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