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7 September 2020
- 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:
First-level university degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
Experience in preparing analytical reports
Excellent communication and drafting skills
Knowledge of regional political history and developments
Diplomatic and negotiating skills
Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:
First-level university degree in a relevant field
Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
Experience in the political field, preferably in an advisory capacity;
Experience in leading and/or assisting in leading a team;
Experience in political analysis and/or political reporting;
Ability to establish contacts, develop and maintain relations with high-level political actors, as well as government officials and institutions;
Demonstrable communication (oral and written), analytical, problem solving, diplomatic, interpersonal and organizational skills;
Flexibility and ability to work and manage the work of others in a high pressure environment with limited time frames;
Ability to work with minimum supervision and meet tight deadlines;
Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written;
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as 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.
Knowledge of the regional political history and the political and cultural sensitivities of the country and region;
Prior experience working in the region;
Experience working on an electoral campaign and/or with (or in) a legislative body and/or in civil society;
Experience in working with the OSCE or other international organizations;
Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the Mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Political and Reporting Unit is essential for the Missions mandate and is responsible for monitoring, analysis and reporting of the political developments in the country. The Unit consists of Chief, Political and Reporting Unit, Political Adviser, Political/Reporting Officer, and four national staff.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief, Political and Reporting Unit, the Political Adviser is responsible for:
Advising the Chief of Unit on political issues and deputizing for him/her in his/her absence;
In co-ordination with the Chief of Unit, advising the Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission on political issues and, as tasked, advising the Mission and assisting the OSCE institutions on political and other related matters;
In co-ordination with the Chief of Unit, managing, supervising and planning the work of four (4) national staff;
Monitoring and analysing the political situation and developments in the country and the region and providing information to the Chief of Unit, Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission;
Participating in the drafting of, and providing necessary revisions for, Mission Activity Reports, the Units weekly reports, ad hoc reports, analyses, talking points, briefing materials, speeches and other related documents;
Establishing and maintaining contact at the central level with parliamentarians and representatives of political parties, liaising with State institutions, Government bodies, partner organizations and Participating State (pS) embassies;
In co-ordination with the Chief of Unit, Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission, representing the Unit and/or Mission at relevant conferences, seminars, meetings and other events;
Providing informational briefings to third parties on political issues, as tasked;
Performing other tasks as required.
For more detailed information on the work of OSCE Mission to Skopje, please see www.osce.org/skopje
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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