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Executive Officer to Principal Deputy Chief Monitor


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Functional level
Senior professional
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 degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Relevant professional experience in public service and/or international organizations
  • Demonstrated political and diplomatic skills as well as knowledge of protocol
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to brief complex plans comprehensively, accurately and coherently
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra and long working hours over an extended period and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment
  • Ability to cope with frequent and irregular travel, often at very short notice
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written with strong briefing and drafting skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and email


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe/Ukraine and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, 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.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

Under the supervision of the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor (PDCM), the Executive Officer to PDCM performs following the duties:

  1. Serves as a principal point of contact for the PDCM, co-ordinates and follows up, inter alia, with OSCE senior staff, OSCE Secretariat, OSCE Field Operations, other international organizations and diplomatic missions on matters that concern PDCM's activities and the Mission's programmes;
  2. Handles the follow-up to PDCM tasking and co-ordinates incoming requests from external agencies and the Mission's staff; upon receiving instructions from PDCM, ensures that timely and appropriate action is made, such as initiating meetings for PDCM, compiling inputs and preparing draft responses;
  3. Provides organizational and administrative assistance and advice to PDCM for the smooth running of the immediate Office; assists in the co-ordination of visits of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Secretary General and other high-ranking OSCE officials;
  4. Attends meetings with PDCM as appropriate and accompanies PDCM on travel within and outside of the Mission area;
  5. Attends internal and external meetings on behalf of PDCM to obtain the information necessary for fostering the Mission's activities;
  6. Reviews documents, reports and letters prepared for signature by PDCM in order to ensure quality and accuracy in substance;
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

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


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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