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Media Focal Point


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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
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 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 degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Experience with structuring and granting of interviews, press conferences and media events
  • Strong writing skills for a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of the historical and current political situation of the Mission area; previous working experience in Ukraine a strong asset
  • Experience in working with journalists, producers and bookers
  • Extensive field experience and ability to work independently
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s), including the ability to conduct substantive business in one of these languages
  • 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and sound judgement
  • Familiarity with the use of internet, intranet, digital photography and video
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, databases, and e-mail


  • Experience of working in an international organization, public affairs or professional communications
  • Competence in print and electronic media production and the mechanics of print and electronic technology
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.

Under the guidance and direction of the Chief Monitor and/or Deputy Chief Monitors and the direct supervision of the Press and Public Information Officer, the Media Focal Point performs the following duties:

  1. Develops and implements a media strategy designed to generate maximum positive local, regional and international coverage of Mission activities;
  2. Supervises and conducts press conferences and media events;
  3. Monitors local and international media, as well as social media;
  4. Handles requests for interviews from domestic and foreign journalists;
  5. Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Mission's website and social media channels;
  6. Follows developments in Ukrainian and regional media in fields relevant to the Mission's mandate;
  7. Conducts regional outreach activities in support of the Mission's mandate, in co-ordination with the respective Team Leaders;
  8. Performs other 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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