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Head of Governance


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
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:

  • University education in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills
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:


  • Advanced university degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, or related fields
  • Minimum six years (including at least three years at the management level relevant to the actual post) of progressively responsible experience in managing or implementing governance programmes in transition or developing countries
  • Experience in good governance programme management and political analysis, including the production of reports, as well as verbal and written briefings
  • Detailed understanding of the political and constitutional governance landscape in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
  • Understanding of the work of the OSCE, especially in the field of parliamentary assistance, local governance, and citizen participation
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and email


  • Working knowledge of the local languages a strong advantage
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department (HDD), the Head of Governance is the principal staff member responsible for the day to day management and implementation of the Democratic Governance Project of the Human Dimension programme. S/he is also responsible for providing advice to the Deputy Director on programme related matters, including current trends, achievements, problems and future planning.

The incumbent directly supervises three staff within the pillar so that their activities are incorporated into the planning and implementation of the HDD programme and to ensure that there is coherence between all project elements. The incumbent is in close contact with the other Heads of Projects, Heads of Field Offices and with field staff addressing governance issues on the ground.

Specifically, the Head of Governance:

  1. Provides strategic guidance and oversees and co-ordinates the day to day implementation of the Democratic Governance project. This includes all activities related to the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Parliament of the BiH Federation, Republika Srpska National Assembly and the Brèko District Assembly of BiH, selected cantonal assemblies and municipalities as well as associations of cities and municipalities in BiH. Also includes approval of work plans and scrutiny of proposals for budgetary approval;
  2. Takes lead responsibility in developing, co-ordinating and evaluating governance activities aiming at achieving improvements and sustainability of good governance standards at the local, regional and higher levels of government (canton, entity and state);
  3. Ensures commonality of approach in all governance interventions, including consistency in standards to be achieved, through the development of a coherent strategy and consistent methodology.
  4. Develops and maintains relationships with parliamentary leadership at all levels and secures their support for the implementation of Section's activities;
  5. Provides expert advice to individual Members of Parliaments, Committee Chairs, Parliamentary Secretaries, and Secretariat staff members, as necessary;
  6. Ensures that parliamentary committees and plenary sessions are monitored in accordance with directions provided by the Deputy Director and Director of the Human Dimension Department and that appropriate reports are produced;
  7. Together with the other Heads of Project, assists the Deputy Director and the Director of the Human Dimension Department with the development and formulation of strategy through identification of lessons learnt, current trends, achievements, problems and future plans;
  8. Ensures that staff of the Democratic Governance Project work as a coherent team and provides Field Officers with guidance in the field of governance;
  9. Co-ordinates the development and implementation of the project's budget and human resources planning;
  10. Co-ordinates with international and domestic organizations active in the field of governance and development (working level), in order to prevent duplication and to ensure that the programme achieves maximum benefit from related initiatives;
  11. Integrates project evaluation and long-term impact assessment practices into all policy and project work;
  12. Works with HDD Management and other Heads of Project to identify cross-cutting synergies among areas of HDD work;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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