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8 January 2018
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
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:
At least six years of progressively responsible professional experience in a related field, preferably in an international environment or/and within operational missions with humanitarian mine action, commercial 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;
Demonstrated experience/ability to conduct training or instruct in a field environment;
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 in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments.
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.
The selected candidate may be deployed Ukraine-wide.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Mine Action Officer and in close co-ordination with the Head of Operations or her/his delegate, the Mine Action Officer will be tasked with:
Advising 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;
Supporting 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/demining projects and strategic planning process;
Providing technical advice/recommendations on strategic planning, risk assessments in relation to the mine action /de-mining programs;
Providing information on type of mines, ammunitions, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), military hardware, explosive related materials and other hazardous materials;
Providing all necessary information on demolition materials, procedures and operations;
Supporting the Senior Mine Action Officer during the full project cycle management of all Mine Action/de-mining projects;
Monitoring, evaluating and providing ongoing support to the process of implementation of Mine Action/de-mining projects;
Liaising with other agencies, including Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC), engaged in Mine Action to ensure that the SMM has all data needed to keep their verification database updated;
Supporting 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;
Ensureing the provision of updated information on mine contaminated areas to the SMM, provides mine risk assessments of potentially contaminated areas/roads/objectives;
Supporting 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 (UXO) and abandoned ordnance (AXO);
Working with relevant Programme Managers to identify risks and issues affecting the programme as a whole;
On behalf of the OSCE SMM, on a technical level, co-ordinating 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;
Contributing to the reporting and to periodical analytical reports/ data base;
Identifying performance measures on the implementation of Mine Action/de-mining projects and recommend processes for measurement;
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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