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Legal Officer*


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Rule of Law
Functional level
Senior professional
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 law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Advanced university degree in Law/International Law
  • Minimum six years of relevant professional experience, including at least two years of relevant work experience at an international level
  • Experience in drafting and reviewing legal documents, including legal opinions, contracts, agreements, official correspondence and reports
  • Sound organizational skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to draft clearly and concisely
  • 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
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and e-mail
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation
  • Experience with the OSCE, UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Working knowledge of 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.

* Please note that this position is subject to the approval of the Permanent Council.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser and under overall guidance by the Deputy Chief Monitor, the Legal Officer co-operates with the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Units and the Secretariat Legal Services, and is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Provides legal advice and analysis on the interpretation of the mandate of the Mission, as well as on issues relating to the functions, structure and activities of the Mission, and with respect to the general applicable law in the Mission area;
  2. Provides legal advice on disciplinary matters and other personnel-related issues for conformity with Staff Regulations, Rules and Instructions and wider OSCE regulatory framework;
  3. Provides legal advice on the status and privileges and immunities of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine and its staff;
  4. Provides legal advice and analysis on administrative and personnel matters ranging from contracts to international civil service law and disciplinary procedures, administrative matters related to vehicles' insurance, OSCE property loss or damage and relevant financial liability in line with Financial Administrative Instructions;
  5. Drafts and reviews official correspondence including: interoffice memoranda, Notes Verbales and other legal instruments such as Exchanges of Letters, for the SMM Head Office and other SMM Units;
  6. Drafts documents and advises on matters related to the OSCE SMM Committees and Boards;
  7. Carries out research and analysis on legislation, legal instruments and other legal materials relevant to the work of the Mission;
  8. Assists in co-ordinating legal matters with other international organizations, and other bodies or entities in Ukraine;
  9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

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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