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Deputy Head of Programme Office


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Programme Office in Astana
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 skills in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience in result-based programme management
  • Professional fluency in the English and Russian languages, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes as well as the ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Deputy Head of Programme Office:

  1. Supports the Head of Programme Office in the management of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana;
  2. Replaces the Head of Programme Office in his/her absence;
  3. Oversees preparations of monthly activity reports, and provides input into strategic documents and talking points for the Head of Programme Office;
  4. Assists in the co-ordination of Mission activities with the host government, international organizations, OSCE Institutions and civil society;
  5. Assists in co-ordinating the Programme Office's activities, utilizing relevant programme management tools (activity planning, projects, budget issues);
  6. Functions as first-level supervisor for three international staff;
  7. Assists in staff coaching;
  8. Serves as Monitoring and Evaluation Focal Point and co-ordinates preparations for Unified Budget Cycle documents (Programme Outline, Unified Budget, Programme Budget Performance Report);
  9. Serves as focal point for arranging relevant OSCE events and high-level delegation visits;
  10. Performs other duties as required.

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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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