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Open Source 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
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience as an Open Source Analyst in a military or civilian organization and conflict-related subjects, or experience in All-Source
  • Thorough understanding of all documents in the Request for Information (RFI) Tracker
  • Experience in area knowledge and expertise in reviewing and assessing a vast majority of information such as foreign-based websites, social media, and traditional press sources
  • Experience in operational planning
  • Strong writing and communication skills; demonstrated strong organizational skills
  • Proven ability and willingness to work in a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, counterparts and external partners and other stakeholders to achieve organizational goals
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel to conflict areas
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, Powerpoint and Excel; working knowledge of Project and SharePoint and well-developed Internet research skills


  • Professional fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Experience in working in international organizations
  • Familiarity with OSCE policies, procedures, practices and organizational structure
  • Demonstrated experience contingency and crisis planning functions and operational planning
  • Significant knowledge of media in the SMM areas of responsibility, including understanding of media environments, applicable trends and their impact
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.

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.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Information Management Officer and in close co-operation with the Reporting and Analysis Unit, Operations Unit and Human dimension Unit, the Open Source Officer will review and analyse a vast number of foreign-based, publicly available information such as websites, social media, magazines, newspapers and other traditional press sources. Specifically, the Open Source Officer:

  1. Is responsible for the collection of open source information on cultures and related social and economic information, and prepares informational products describing and summarizing the content;
  2. Reads media characterizations, media guides, web reference reports, source descriptors, commentator profiles and other media analysis products;
  3. Makes initial assessment of the value of various open media information sources;
  4. Identifies trends and relationships evidenced in the media;
  5. With guidance, assesses print, broadcast, Internet, and "gray" literature sources and evaluates objective features of sources on coverage in collection area;
  6. Categorizes open source information using necessary data;
  7. Performs other duties as requested.

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.

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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