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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
Senior professional
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 degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum of`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
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields such as political and security issues
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to analyse and communicate clearly and concisely
  • 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 OSCE and/or other international organizations
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language
  • Developed mediation skills
Tasks and Responsibilities

The assignment of the selected candidate will be initially until 31 March 2015, subject to extension.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Reporting and Analysis, the Political Analyst recommends appropriate courses of action to address political challenges for the Mission and its activities. Specific duties of the Political Analyst:

  1. Co-ordinates with Operations and Monitoring Teams to ensure collection of information relating to ceasefire mediation and management;
  2. Prepares regular and ad-hoc inputs on political developments in Ukraine, including for the Mission  internal and external reporting; in particular relating to ceasefire-related issues;
  3. Provides analysis, both oral and written, of trends affecting the Mission's operating environment, advising the senior staff on any issues which require a response or action by the Mission, in particular in relation to ceasefire-related issues;
  4. Produces background material for meetings of the Chief Monitor and Deputy Chief Monitor with political interlocutors, including briefing for high-level visitors, and attends and reports on these meetings as requested;
  5. Reviews policy documents, reports for external distribution and letters, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the Mission's mandate and political objectives; develops and refines in particular the Mission's policy in ceasefire-related areas;
  6. Establishes and maintains contact with local, regional and national authorities, and civil society organizations serves as Mission focal point for interactions with other organizations, bilateral and multilateral structures working on issues related to a ceasefire and towards an end to the armed confrontation more generally (including the Trilateral Contact Group and the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination);
  7. Supports senior staff in maintaining contacts with key partners as appropriate;
  8. Performs other 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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