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Political Affairs/Reporting Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Serbia
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
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:

  • University education 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:


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 6 years of relevant professional experience in public service, international organizations and/or media affairs
  • Fluency in the English language, both oral and written, with demonstrated drafting and editing skills
  • Proven skills in political analysis and reporting
  • Experience in the area of public affairs, including political and diplomatic skills as well as knowledge of protocol
  • Experience in leading and/or assisting in leading a team
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a high pressure environment with limited time frames
  • Ability to establish contacts, develop and maintain relations with local political, institutional and civil society interlocutors, as well as with the diplomatic corps
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet tight deadlines
  • 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


  • Knowledge of the history and political and cultural sensitivities of the country  and southeast Europe
  • Experience in working with the OSCE or other international organizations 
  • Prior experience working in the region
  • Knowledge of the local language
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Political and Press Affairs, the Political Affairs/Reporting Officer:

  1. Provides analysis and reports to the Mission's senior management on the political situation in the country and trends affecting the area of responsibility, with a special focus on minority-populated areas; monitors and analyses regional political and security developments;
  2. Drafts all reports for distribution to OSCE delegations and Secretariat including Mission Activity Reports, Spot Reports, background and thematic reports as well as inputs to OSCE annual report, annual gender report etc. actively participates in preparing OSCE budget cycle documents (Programme Outline, Unified Budget Proposal, Programme Budget Performance Report);
  3. Drafts, reviews and/or edits talking points and speeches for the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM);
  4. Liaises with the Mission's field outlets to ensure that the Office of the Head of Mission is informed of current developments in the mission area; when needed, serves as a liaison between the relevant field officers and their counterparts in Belgrade; accompanies the HoM or DHoM on visits outside of Belgrade;
  5. Establishes and maintains regular contacts with political, institutional and civil society interlocutors, as well as with the diplomatic corps, providing notes;
  6. Establishes and maintains regular contacts with the Mission's programmatic departments to ensure co-ordinated approach and the highest quality of the Mission's reporting;
  7. Maintains regular contact with the relevant desk officer(s) in the OSCE Secretariat to ensure alignment with OSCE-wide policies;
  8. Supervises one local mission member;
  9. Performs other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see

The OSCE subscribes to the following core values: Commitment, Diversity, Integrity and Accountability. It seeks to foster the following core competencies in all its staff: Communication, Collaboration, Analysis and Decision-Making, Planning, Initiative-Taking and Flexibility. It further promotes the following managerial competencies for posts with managerial responsibilities: Leadership, Strategic Thinking and Managing Performance. Candidates are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with these principles by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for a different duration.


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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