2 October 2019
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The objective of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is to contribute, in close co-operation with OSCE institutions and other actors of the international community, to reducing tensions and fostering peace and stability in Ukraine, and ensuring the observance of OSCE principles and commitments, thus establishing conditions for inclusive political dialogue aimed at achieving a sustainable transition respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
The Mission is composed of about 1500 mission members, from more than 40 participating States and has a budget over EUR 100 million.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Team Leader, and general guidance of the Team Leader of the Monitors in the assigned Area of Operations (AoO), the Patrol Hub Leader is responsible to assist in ensuring that the Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) mandate is effectively implemented in the Monitoring Patrol Hub AoO, being accountable for the performance of the Monitoring Team deployed to the Monitoring Patrol Hub and for ensuring that human, material and financial resources are managed in accordance with OSCE regulations and SMM policies.
The selected candidate will be deployed either in Donetsk or Luhansk region.
The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for this management opportunity.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Providing overall leadership and management of the Patrol Hub (PH), comprising of ca. 100 mission members, and ensuring effective fulfilment of the SMM's mandate;
Overseeing all aspects pertaining to operational planning and conducting of monitoring activities on tactical level within the PH's Area of Operations (AoO). This includes, but is not limited to, planning and managing the distribution of human and material resources, overseeing the patrol planning process, etc.;
Ensuring compliance with OSCE Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS), OSCE Code of Conduct and Staff Rules and Regulations; planning and implementing administrative tasks;
Ensuring that appropriate support is provided to representatives of the wider OSCE community, in co-ordination with the Head Office;
Representing the SMM within the Hub AoO, ensuring effective co-ordination with other international organizations and liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies within the AoO;
In conjunction with specialist security staff, ensuring the safety and security of all Patrol Hub staff and equipment, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
Ensuring patrol hub staff contributes to a professional working environment, identifying and reporting on lessons learned and facilitating exchange and implementation of best practice;
Ensuring that the assigned tasks are completed and reports (daily, weekly and special reports) submitted to the Monitoring Team within the set deadlines and reporting lines;
Contributing to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through: participation in Hub and Monitoring Team meetings, proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the Hub AoO;
Contributing to the PH efforts in implementing the SMM Gender Equality Action Plan deliverables;
Ensuring that a gender perspective is integrated into the Hub team's activities and reporting;
Performing other relevant duties as requested.
Qualification and Experience:
Minimum of six years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least three years at the management level relevant to the actual position in an operational environment;
Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles;
Thorough understanding of field operations in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics;
Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
Understanding and demonstrated experience with the principles of staff management and leadership, especially in conflict environments;
Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish contact and build professional relations with local counterparts including stakeholders;
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 within limited time frames;
Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
Professional fluency in the English language;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background different gender, and different professional experiences, diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.
Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation;
Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission;
Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
Possession of a Class 'C' driving license;
Experience operating/driving a 4x4 vehicle.
Second-level university degree in political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization's core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Seconded Mission members in the SMM are entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance (BLA) payable by the Organization at the amount of EUR 125 per day (subject to change without prior notice).
Should evidence of coverage of a world-wide Health Insurance scheme, including war risk, not be presented, the Mission member will be registered with the OSCE group health insurance scheme of Cigna. Monthly rates will be deducted from the Mission member's BLA.
International mission members appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will additionally receive EUR 30 per day as hazard pay.
Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
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 non-family duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. 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 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.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
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