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Head of Human Dimension Unit


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Rights
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 political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
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 background, particularly in budget control, administrative matters and project management
  • Proven track record in one or more of the Human Dimension fields
  • Proven ability to establish contact and develop constructive relations with government officials and institutions, as well as the ability to work with civil society
  • Demonstrated skills in preparing analytical reports
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel to conflict area
  • 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
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe, preferably in Ukraine after 2014, and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations, preferably in a peace mission context
  • Experience in working with governmental/diplomatic structures
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
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 overall guidance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) Chief Monitor and under the direct supervision of the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor, the Head of Human Dimension Unit (HDU) is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Sets the strategic direction of the Human Dimension Unit and determines priorities; ensures consistency with, and relevance to, the Mission's mandate;
  2. Oversees, co-ordinates and analyses reporting on developments related to rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rights of individuals belonging to national minorities and/or other issues related to the promotion and protection of rights; informs the SMM senior management of priority issues in the promotion, protection and implementation of rights, identifies priority initiatives and contributes to planning these for the Mission;
  3. Co-ordinates, monitors and evaluates all Human Dimension projects and initiatives; acts as programme manager with budgetary and administrative oversight of the unit's activities;
  4. Manages the work of the HDU in support of the negotiation process aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict;
  5. Advises the Head/Chief Monitor and prepares reports on all Human Dimension issues throughout Ukraine related to the Mission's mandate, including potential problems, their causes and possible consequences;
  6. Co-ordinates Human Dimension issues with other OSCE Institutions, in particular the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), government officials, local experts, international governments and non-governmental organizations;
  7. Assists in arranging OSCE regional events, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  8. Coaches and supervises the work of the 11 HDU staff in the head office; ensures field office staff working on human dimension issues receives sufficient support from other responsible thematic sections;
  9. Performs other duties as required.

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.

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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