14 August 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
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;
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 overall guidance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) Chief Monitor and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief Monitor, the Head of Human Dimension Unit (HDU) is responsible for the following tasks:
Setting the strategic direction of the Human Dimension Unit and determines priorities; ensuring consistency with, and relevance to, the Mission's mandate;
Overseeing, co-ordinating and analysing 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; informing 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;
Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating all Human Dimension projects and initiatives; acting as programme manager with budgetary and administrative oversight of the unit's activities;
Managing the work of the HDU in support of the negotiation process aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict;
Advising the Head/Chief Monitor and preparing reports on all Human Dimension issues throughout Ukraine related to the Mission's mandate, including potential problems, their causes and possible consequences;
Co-ordinating 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;
Assisting in arranging OSCE regional events, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
Coaching and supervising the work of the 11 HDU staff in the head office; ensuring field office staff working on human dimension issues receives sufficient support from other responsible thematic sections;
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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