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Operations Support 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
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
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:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Proven record of effective management of logistics, supply, transport and storage operations
  • At least six years of professional experience, preferably in an operational environment
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials
  • 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
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgment
  • 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, Excel and email
  • Possession of a valid automobile 'Class C' driving licence


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian languages
  • Experience in facilitating dialogue and applying mediation skills in practice
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 overall guidance of the Chief of Fund Administration and direct supervision of the Deputy Patrol Hub Leader, the Operations Support Officer:

  1. Plans and delivers logistic and administrative support to deployed Monitoring Teams (MTs) in Eastern Ukraine;
  2. Monitors logistic and equipment states of deployed MTs, identifies potential logistical bottlenecks and undertakes possible preventive activities in order to sustain operational capability;
  3. Manages and co-ordinates the administrative staff;
  4. Monitors local contractors performance and cost effectiveness;
  5. Monitors driving standards within the MTs and enforces adherence to the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) policy;
  6. Manages equipment asset registers and consumable items;
  7. Manages assigned vehicle fleet;
  8. Conducts management checks on team and individual accounts and assets;
  9. In conjunction with MT leaders and SMM HQ (Headquarter), contributes to logistic contingency plans;
  10. Provides advice and guidance to the Oblast Leader and MTs on support issues;
  11. Assists Monitoring Team/Patrol Hub leadership and co-ordinates the implementation of various technical projects and initiatives;
  12. Performs other relevant 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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