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Political Analyst


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Functional level
Middle management
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:

  • 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 education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum six years of professional experience in international relations, within either international organizations, political parties, legislatures or academia/think-tanks
  • Professional experience in a related field, preferably in an international environment or within operational missions
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to analyse and communicate clearly and concisely
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields such as political and security issues
  • 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Chief Monitors (DCM's), the Political Analyst recommends appropriate courses of action to address political challenges for the Mission and its activities. Specific duties include:

  1. Prepares regular and ad-hoc reports on political developments in Ukraine, including the Mission bi-weekly; and co-ordinates the input from senior staff as needed and ensures that information is conveyed accurately and understandably;
  2. Provides analysis, both oral and written, of trends affecting the Mission's operating environment, advising the DCM's and other senior staff on any issues which require a response or action by the Mission;
  3. Produces background material for meetings of the Chief Monitor and DCM's with political interlocutors, including briefing packages for high-level visitors, and attends and reports on these meetings as requested;
  4. Drafts, as requested, articles, answers to interviews and speeches for the Chief Monitor and DCM's; and works closely with the Press Officers to ensure that final drafts incorporate clear messages;
  5. Reviews, on behalf of the DCM's, policy documents, reports for external distribution and letters, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the Mission's mandate and political objectives;
  6. Supports the DCM's in maintaining contacts with key partners as requested;
  7. Delivers political overviews to senior staff and presentations to external audiences on the country's political environment;
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

The assignment of the selected candidates will be initially until 30 September 2014, subject to extension.


The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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