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Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
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:

  • 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 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:


  • Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials
  • Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate¿s regional dynamics
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Good management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to operate computer windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • 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


  • Experience of working in Easter Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language
  • Experience in off-road driving
  • Completed national/international pre-deployment training
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chief Monitor, the Head of Operations:

  1. Co-ordinates and directs all aspects relating to staff and operational planning, required for the Mission in line with its mandate and the strategic direction provided by the Chief Monitor;
  2. Manages the gathering and interpretation of information from a variety of sources, including internet-based open source media, field mission reports and information from participating States;
  3. Liaises and co-ordinates with other international actors in the field, including the EU and UN on operational matters;
  4. Tracks the overall security situation in the Mission area in close co-ordination with the Security Officer;
  5. Ensures that crisis and emergency procedures in the Monitoring Teams are established and adhered to when necessary;
  6. Prepares presentations, briefings and reports using visual tools;
  7. Researches and drafts special and regular reports related to operational issues as required;
  8. Performs other duties as required;

A secondment for an initial period of up to six calendar months is foreseen, subject to extension.


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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