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Deputy Head of Mission


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Serbia
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 plan, implement and solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • Experience in dealing with press and media
  • Previous work experience preferably in an international environment and/or within operational field missions
  • Regional knowledge and work experience in countries undergoing political and economic transition
  • 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
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Knowledge of the local language or the most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area
  • Prior field experience with the OSCE or another international organization
  • Experience of working in Serbia or elsewhere in South East Europe
Tasks and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the direction of the Head of Mission (HoM), the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) performs the following duties:

  1. In agreement with the HoM, oversees and manages the implementation of the Mission's plans and policies, co-ordinating departments/programmes including the related administrative, operational, financial and logistics matters;
  2. Provides strategic advice to the senior leadership on Mission priorities in such areas as development of policies and programmes, management and administration;
  3. Co-ordinates and advises Heads of Departments to ensure that the Mission's programming adhere to the mandate and that objectives are met in accordance with the Mission's strategic orientation; reports to the HoM on the Mission's activities and their progress;
  4. Ensures co-operation and integration of programmatic and administrative activities through sound procedures, practices and tools, contributing to a comprehensive approach and consistency in the implementation of the Mission's mandate, including in such areas as budget, human resources management, and security;
  5. Shares responsibility with the Fund Administration Unit for drafting Mission budget-cycle documents; represents the Mission before participating States' delegations, providing information and clarification in support of budget proposal;
  6. Liaises, negotiates and maintains effective communication with external interlocutors such as national authorities, OSCE Secretariat and other executive structures as guided by the Head of Mission;
  7. Provides guidance, support, performance evaluation, supervision and mentoring to senior staff and other staff in the areas of his/her responsibility;
  8. Deputises for the HoM in his/her absence;
  9. Performs other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.


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. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply

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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