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Mine Action 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
Military 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:

  • Officer / Warrant Officer training and/or university degree in a relevant technical field
  • Significant experience in arms control, peace-keeping operations and/or other relevant areas of military-related affairs
  • Experience in negotiations and liaison with governmental and military authorities
  • Ability to compile and analyse information of a political-military nature
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:


  • Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in a related field - preferably in an international environment or/and within operational missions with humanitarian mine action and/or military engineering portfolio
  • Experience in project management, including finance, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation/controlling and reporting
  • Understanding of the challenges facing Ukraine in Mine Action
  • Excellent analytical, diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • Professional fluency in the English language and the ability to draft documents 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
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a challenging environment and with limited time frames
  • Ability to drive 4x4 vehicles with manual transmission
  • Be available to travel to hazard areas of the Mission
  • 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
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail



  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian languages
  • Experience of working in the Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
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.

Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

The selected candidate may be deployed either in the Donetsk (2 positions) or Luhansk (2 positions) region.

Under the supervision of the Senior Mine Action Officer and in close co-ordination with the Head of Operations or his/her delegate, the Mine Action Officer performs the following duties:

  1. Advises on Mine Action/de-mining issues contained in the Minsk agreements and related tasks to the Mission as they pertain to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) mandate and role;
  2. Supports the Senior Mine Action Officer in preparing written communications (briefing notes, memos and/or presentations) to provide SMM management with background and context on the objectives of the Mine Action/de-mining projects and strategic planning process;
  3. Provides technical advice on strategic planning, in relation to the mine action /de-mining programs;
  4. Provides information on type of mines, ammunitions, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), military hardware, explosive related materials and other hazardous materials, if available;
  5. Provides all necessary information on demolition materials, procedures and operations;
  6. Supports the Senior Mine Action Officer during the full project cycle management of all Mine Action/de-mining projects;
  7. Monitors, evaluates and provides ongoing support to the process of implementation of Mine Action/de-mining projects;
  8. Liaises with other agencies engaged in Mine Action to ensure that the SMM has all data needed to keep their verification database updated;
  9. Supports development, in co-ordination with the SMM Training Team, a mine-awareness/risk education training programme as well as training packages for monitors to raise awareness about operating in areas with unexploded ordnance, mines and related dangers;
  10. Ensures the provision of updated information on mine contaminated areas to the SMM;
  11. Supports the Head Office and Monitoring Teams, as necessary, in fostering dialogue and in designing and implementing specific confidence-building measures that will enable parties to work together to reduce the threats posed by landmines and other explosive hazards, such as IEDs/abandoned IEDs, unexploded ordnance and abandoned ordnance;
  12. Works with relevant Programme Managers to identify risks and issues affecting the programme as a whole;
  13. On behalf of the OSCE SMM, on a technical level, co-ordinates mine action activities with the relevant mine action stakeholders in Ukraine to support efficient and effective implementation of strategic and project efforts, in implementation of the Minsk agreements and related tasks, as well as other International Conventions;
  14. Contributes to the reporting and to periodical analytical reports;
  15. Identifies performance measures on the implementation of Mine Action/de-mining projects and recommend processes for measurement;
  16. Performs other duties as assigned and 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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