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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 specific relevant work experience in a law office at an international level;
  • Experience in drafting and reviewing legal documents, including legal opinions, contracts, agreements, official correspondence and reports;
  • Political intuition and tact; strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • 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.
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 direct supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser and under overall guidance by the Chief of Staff, in co-operation with the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Units and the OSCE Secretariat Legal Services, the Legal Officer 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 the status and privileges and immunities of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine and its staff;
  3. Provides legal advice on disciplinary procedures and other personnel-related matters for conformity with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, and Staff Instructions and the wider OSCE regulatory framework;
  4. Provides legal advice and analysis on administrative matters, including contracts vehicles' insurance, customs, and OSCE property loss or damage;
  5. Drafts and reviews official correspondence including: interoffice memoranda, Notes Verbales, contracts and other legal instruments, such as Memoranda of Understanding and Exchanges of Letters;
  6. Drafts legal documents and provides advice on matters related to the OSCE SMM Committees and Boards;
  7. Carries out research and analysis on legislation, legal instruments and any 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.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see


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. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

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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