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Deputy Head of Operations


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities
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 education in public/business administration, management, finance, personnel management or related field or proven professional experience in all aspects of general administration (personnel, finance, etc.);
  • Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment;
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles;
  • Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate¿s regional dynamics;
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
  • Sound team management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to operate computer windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds.


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations;
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language;
  • Completed national/international pre-deployment training.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2017, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.

Under the supervision of the Head of Operations, the Deputy Head of Operations is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Assists the Head of Operations in all aspects relating to staff and operational planning, required for the Mission in line with its mandate and the strategic direction provided by the Chief Monitor;
  2. Gathers and interprets, in consultation with the Mission's Political and Trends Analysis Officers, information from a variety of sources, including internet-based open source media, field mission reports and information from participating States;
  3. Keeps communication and co-ordination channels with other international actors in the field, including the EU and UN, on operational matters;
  4. Assesses the overall security situation in the Mission area in close co-ordination with the Security Unit, reporting to the Head of Operations;
  5. Makes sure that crisis and emergency procedures in the Monitoring Teams are established and adhered to when necessary;
  6. Takes care of the timely preparation of operational presentations, briefings and reports using visual tools;
  7. Supports the Head of Operations in researching and drafting special and regular reports related to operational issues as required;
  8. 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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