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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
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
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 six years of professional experience in international relations, within either international organizations, political parties, legislatures or academia/think-tanks
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, such as political, security and ceasefire-related issues, preferably in an international environment or within operational missions
  • Professional fluency in the English language and 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 computer Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • 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


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the OSCE and/or other international organizations
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Proven mediation skills
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

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 nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. 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.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Reporting and Political Analysis and in co-operation with the other political analysts, the incumbent will provide policy advice on the implementation of the Mission's mandate and on the follow-ups of political issues in general, and those related to ceasefire mediation and management in particular.

Specifically, the Political Analyst will be perform the following functions:

  1. Drafts speeches, statements, talking points and correspondence, as well as relevant background, for the Chief Monitor, and attends and reports on these meetings as requested;
  2. Provides the Head of Reporting and Political Analysis and, through him/her, the Chief Monitor, with expert, advisory, material and technical support;
  3. Reviews and contributes to the Mission's regular and occasional reports, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the aims and tasks enumerated in the Mission's mandate;
  4. Establishes and maintains contact with local, regional and national authorities, and civil society organizations;
  5. Co-operates with representatives of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and other actors in the international community, including in the Trilateral Contact Group and the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination;
  6. Reviews and contributes operational instructions and liaises with the SMM's Operations Unit to help ensure Monitoring Teams receive feedback on reports and other aspects of mandate implementation;
  7. Performs other duties and assignments as required, such as replacing other Political Analysts during their absence.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see


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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