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Head of Press and Public Information


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Media Affairs
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 journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology
  • Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
  • Good 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:


  • Extensive experience in the management of communication and media relations operations of large government organizations and/or NGO's, news-gathering organizations or public relations companies
  • Significant ability in preparation and dissemination of media issues related messages, demonstrated experience in the development of public information campaigns, including public opinion surveys, television and radio public service announcements
  • Familiarity with information technology, including editing digital photography and video
  • Professional understanding of print and electronic media production and mechanics
  • Proven ability to establish contact and develop constructive relations with government officials and institutions, as well as the ability to work with civil society
  • 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
  • Demonstrated skills in preparing analytical reports
  • Proven ability to draft and edit materials for the media, articles and feature stories and experience with editorial responsibilities
  • Demonstrated experience of leading a team in a pressurised environment
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, handling of databases, and email
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Ukraine


  • Experience of working in international organizations
  • Professional fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian language
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2016, 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.

The Head of Press and Public Information Unit is responsible for the development of the Mission public policy in conjunction with the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor (PDCM). The Head of the Press and Public Information Unit disseminates information regarding the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) activities to the local and international press and advises the Chief Monitor (CM) and senior staff on the content, style, placement and dissemination of all Mission communication with the media. The incumbent provides consultations to the senior management on external communications, including public information campaign and supporting materials. Under the direct supervision of the PDCM, the Head of Press and Public Information Unit:

  1. Manages the day to day work of the Press and Public Information unit;
  2. Provides analytical daily media reports to the Chief Monitor (CM) and senior management staff;
  3. Maintains relationship with key international and local journalists to ensure fair and objective media reporting of the SMM activities;
  4. Liaises with the OSCE Secretariat's Communication and Media Relations Section;
  5. Defines key messages (incl. active and passive media lines) to be communicated to the public/different media;
  6. Is responsible for the Mission media policies and guidance;
  7. Is responsible for the placement of opinion editorials by the CM and PDCM;
  8. Distributes accurate information on the SMM activities to other international agencies, OSCE participating States, and other key audiences as well as to the general public;
  9. Conceives, implements, monitors and modifies media strategies as needed, to include public information campaigns designed to generate maximum positive local and international media coverage of the Mission activities. These activities include the development of public opinion surveys, television and radio public service announcements;
  10. Produces professional quality public information materials for distribution to the public, other international agencies and the Delegations of the OSCE participating States;
  11. Supervises and manages press and public information staff (three international and four national staff) in the Mission;
  12. Performs other duties as required.

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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