Please note that this position is advertised for establishing a pool of suitable candidates on the OSCE Mission in Kosovo Roster for Temporary Assistance for the Programme Officer post. The candidates will be contacted only if there is a temporary post vacant post or need to replace a mission member on prolonged sick leave, maternity/paternity/adoption leave or special leave without pay.
Programme Officer seconded posts exist in all five OSCE Mission in Kosovo’s Regional Centres (Gjilan/Gnjilane, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Pejë/Pec, Prishtinë/Priština and Prizren).
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see: http://www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Democratization Officer and the overall supervision of the Regional Centre Director, the incumbent is an integral member of the Field Support Section within the respective Regional Centre. The Programme Officer will be tasked with:
- Pro-actively monitoring and building the capacities of municipal institutions, assessing/evaluating developments in the field of democratization accompanied by remedial action when appropriate. This includes reporting, project development and implementation as well as other forms of assistance or advice, aiming to improve compliance with principles of good governance;
- Supporting the Senior Democratization Officer in coordinating the work of the Field Support Section on Governance, Media or Public Participation issues and ensures close cooperation and coordination with Democratization Department HQ;
- Depending on the portfolio: Providing programmatic support to the Field Support Section and either the Governance section, or the Media Section, the Public Participation Section within the Regional Centre, and ensures overall cooperation and coordination between colleagues in the Regional Centre;
- Depending on the portfolio: Regularly meeting local counterparts to exchange and gather information on good governance, media or public participation issues; assessing and reporting on developments, successes and concerns regarding compliance with good governance principles;
- Responsible for identifying key governance, media and/or public participation related issues in the incumbent's area of Responsibility and when deemed necessary following up with analytical reporting, including recommendations to the Departments and Regional Centre senior management; developing and implementing projects on regional level; and evaluating impact and achievements;
- Drafting policy recommendations that address specific good governance, media and/or public participation issues/concerns;
- Contributing to the reporting and to periodical analytical reports of the Departments;
- Performing other duties as required.
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 political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
- Work experience in public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
- Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills.
Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:
First level university degree or equivalent experience.
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred.
Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
- University degree in public administration, political science or similar relevant field;
- International field work experience in monitoring, reporting and policy-making;
- Proven experience in project cycle management;
- Knowledge of and experience in good governance principles and familiarity with the European Charter of Local Self Government;
- Knowledge of and experience in democratization issues;
- Staff management experience and team-building ability;
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
- Ability to produce analytical reports, very good report writing skills;
- Professional fluency in English;
- Interpersonal and diplomatic skills;
- 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;
- Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgment to local conditions and communities;
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
- Political awareness and understanding;
- Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
- Valid driving license obtained at least two years ago.
- International work experience and/or experience in field missions, preferably in the South Eastern European area;
- Experience in negotiation/mediation and/or capacity-building with municipal authorities;
- Knowledge of the regional political situation and legal system of the mission area.
Short term international contracted mission members temporarily appointed against a seconded post shall only be entitled to equivalent of the board and lodging allowance [BLA] applicable at the duty station concerned (currently 109 EUR per day).
Social Benefits will include possibility of participation in the CIGNA health insurance scheme.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.