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Interethnic Relations Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Skopje
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
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 international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum of two years work/academic experience in the field of inter-ethnic relations, integrated education, minorities, reconciliation and/or community and linguistic rights
  • Experience in policy development, designing action plans, scientific analyses and/or strategies
  • Experience in co-ordinating with donors, Civil Society Organizations, political actors and implementing agencies
  • Experience in mission work or field work/research and project implementation
  • Excellent communication, analytical and drafting skills in English
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing 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 flexibility, impartiality and objectivity
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adequately prioritize without supervision, if needed


  • Experience in academic research, data collection/analysis, trend mapping
  • Knowledge of the political environment of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, regional history, developments in the wider region and any of the local languages
  • Familiarity with the OSCE, its practices and institutions, especially the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Co-ordinator Interethnic Relations, the Interethnic Relations Officer:

  1. Compiles, updates, internalizes, briefs and follows-up on developments in the area of inter-ethnic relations and minority rights and provides relevant analysis and policy advice with regard to OFA focal areas, with special attention to education and languages;
  2. Advises and supports governmental institutions and agencies, as well as stakeholders on a local level, on the improvement of interethnic relations, with special attention to the educational system and languages;
  3. Provides support to, and deputizes for, the Senior Co-ordinator Interethnic Relations (SC) in the general area of improving inter-ethnic relations, mandate-mainstreaming, minority rights and societal integration, especially in relation to the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA);
  4. Serves as the Unit's reporting officer and consolidates further development of the Mission's strategy in the area of inter-ethnic relations, minority rights and the facilitation of OFA implementation;
  5. Prepares background material, reports and analyses for internal and external use as related to inter-ethnic relations, minority rights and OFA implementation and focal areas in general, and education and languages in particular;
  6. In co-ordination with the SC, conducts regular field visits to stakeholders in the OFA implementation process;
  7. Serves as the Mission's Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (SIOFA) focal point for all issues related to interethnic relations in education and/or languages and as such forms a supportive counterpart of a similar focal point person or department within that Secretariat;
  8. Establishes, nurtures and intensifies contacts and cooperation with national and international stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated approach to inter-ethnic relations and the facilitation of OFA implementation and reform processes related to it;
  9. Assists in the effective internal mobilization and directing of the Mission's available resources towards jointly and constructively supporting OFA implementation, through SIOFA and other channels available or identified;
  10. Supervises the work of one Programme Assistant;
  11. 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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