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Deputy Team Leader of Monitors


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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:


  • Extensive working experience at management and supervisory level
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political, legal, human dimension, public administration or public policy and/or security issues
  • Good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles
  • Ability to establish and maintain constructive communication and contact with local population and officials
  • Thorough understanding of field operations in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics
  • Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • 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
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • Professional level fluency in the English language
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background  
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Advanced degree in a management discipline
  • Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Possession of a Class "C" driving license
  • Experience in off-road driving
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2016, 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 direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Monitors, the Deputy Team Leader is responsible in assisting the Team Leader to lead the Monitoring Team in order to ensure that the Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) mandate is effectively implemented in the Area of Operations (AoO). The incumbent is accountable for the performance of the Monitoring Team (MT) and for ensuring that human, material and financial resources are managed in accordance with OSCE regulations and SMM policies. Specifically, the Deputy Team Leader assists in performing the following tasks:

  1. Provides overall leadership and management of the MT including implementing an organizational structure in line with the current instructions issued by the Head Office, developing operational plans necessary to achieve the SMM's mandate;
  2. Enforces the guidance and directives provided through the supervisory lines and ensures that all operational tasks are performed efficiently and effectively across the AoO;
  3. Oversees the implementation of the OSCE Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS) and Staff Rules and Regulations, and supports the Team Leader in the planning and implementation of administrative/operational tasks;
  4. Manages the flow of information within the Team, through coherent communication and information-sharing between Team structure and Head Office in Kyiv;
  5. Ensures that appropriate support is provided to representatives of the wider OSCE community;
  6. Represents the SMM within the AoO, ensuring effective co-ordination with other international organizations and liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies;
  7. In conjunction with specialist security staff, ensures the safety and security of all MT personnel, equipment, communications and documentation, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
  8. Monitors, assesses and analyses the political, security and human/minority rights/gender situation in the AoO, bringing relevant matters to the attention of the Team Leader in a timely manner and ensuring that the MT is fully briefed;
  9. Ensures that daily, weekly and special reports are compiled and submitted to the Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
  10. Co-ordinates and oversees the evaluation of all implemented tasks and activities to ensure optimal effectiveness and performance in accordance with established deadlines, streamlining the working relations and communication mechanisms;
  11. Contributes to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through: participation in MT meetings, proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the AoO and ensuring that a gender perspective is integrated into MT's activities and reporting;
  12. Serves as Acting Team Leader of the Monitors, in his/her absence;
  13. Performs other relevant duties as requested.

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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