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Senior Policy and Planning Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission to Skopje
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:


  • Knowledge of societal, political and historical context in the South Eastern Europe
  • Experience in planning and co-ordination and in programme/project management, preferably in international organizations
  • Experience managing staff
  • Excellent analytical capability and profound knowledge of information collection and analytical methods
  • Proven diplomatic skills and experience in political liaison
  • Professional fluency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, gender diversity and varying political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment as well as on own initiative in a methodical manner
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Ability to operate windows applications, especially MS Office


  • Experience with Oracle and EDMS are an advantage
  • Previous working experience in South Eastern Europe
  • Previous experience in an international field operation in the area of rule of law, policing, diplomacy or similar, and/or in strategic planning and programme management
  • Knowledge of a local language or a lingua franca spoken in the Mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), the Senior Policy and Planning Officer:

  1. Supports and advises the Head of Mission (HoM), Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) and other Senior Management on decision-making and policy and planning issues;
  2. Provides recommendations to HoM, DHoM and other Senior Management on progress in the implementation of the Mission's mandate, objectives and desired outcomes;
  3. Co-ordinates and provides input for the preparatory work of the Budgetary cycle programmatic documents - Programme Budget Performance Report, Programme Outline and Unified Budget;
  4. Ensures, in close co-operation with the Programme Managers (Heads of Department) that Departmental outcomes and outputs are timely, quality-checked, focused and value-added vis-à-vis Mission objectives and strategy;
  5. Supports HoM in co-ordinating the Mission's relations with the Host Country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and with other institutions and authorities as appropriate;
  6. Liaises with representatives of the OSCE participating States and other international actors;
  7. Prepares and reviews background documents, briefings, talking points and travel packages for HoM on behalf of the Office of the HoM;
  8. Formulates, collates and/or provides relevant materials for HoM's official presentations of the Mission's activities including those at high level meetings. Upon request, accompanies HoM to meetings to provide assistance on programmatic or policy/planning issues;
  9. Supports Senior Management in developing management and organisational measures with the objective of systematically improving the productivity, efficiency and efficacy of the Mission;
  10. Co-ordinates regular exchange with relevant Mission departments and functions for optimised co-ordination and synergy;
  11. Serves as Mission's Focal point with the Programming Evaluation Support Unit and the Policy Support Officer within the Secretariat's Conflict Prevention Centre;
  12. Supervises a Senior Assistant;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned by HoM or DHoM.

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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