Under the direct supervision of the Political Adviser and in close cooperation with the National Political Officers in Unit, the incumbent:
1. Advises on and coordinates programmatic support to Parliament
- Assists the Chief of Unit in developing and implementing programs to support reforms by Parliament aimed at strengthening the institution’s role and increasing its transparency and accountability;
- Assists in the drafting of reports and recommendations to the Mission on its policy toward Parliament, with specific focus on mechanisms to strengthen parliamentary oversight, improve cross-party cooperation, facilitate greater inclusiveness for the opposition and civil society, and improve the legislative process;
- Drafts concept notes, project documents and action plans for parliamentary support programs, under the overall guidance of the Chief of Unit and in coordination with the Human Dimension Department;
- Advises on and proposes training and capacity building activities to implement with Members of Parliament, advisors to Parliamentary Groups and other parliamentary staff;
- Organizes meetings involving members of Parliament, Parliament staff and members of international organizations to discuss political and practical issues pertaining to the work of Parliament.
2. Monitors and analyses political and legislative developments
- In co-ordination with and to complement the work of the other local staff in the unit, monitors political and security developments, election issues and issues affecting inter-ethnic relations by gathering information, analysing data and assessing trends;
- Analyses and regularly informs the Unit about the activities of Parliament and provides the Mission with details and analysis about planned and ongoing legislative processes; replaces the Mission’s Focal Point for Parliament in her/his absence;
- Provides regular updates and briefings on political and legislative developments in oral and written form, to the Unit as well as the wider Mission and respective OSCE bodies, as tasked;
3. Supports dialogue with government representatives, political parties and civil society
- Assists the Chief of Unit and Political Adviser to develop and maintain contact and liaison with external stakeholders to ensure a continuous dialogue with political parties, parliamentarians, government officials and civil society organizations;
- Proposes meetings and contacts with new external stakeholders, to strengthen and further widen the network of contacts of the Unit;
- Produces background material and talking points for meetings, and provides English/Macedonian interpretation at the meetings as required.
4. Prepares for the Political and Reporting Unit, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Mission
- Regular and ad-hoc inputs on political and legislative developments, including for weekly, bi-weekly and spot reports;
- Reports ranging from short briefings to substantial policy analyses, recommendations for appropriate courses of action by the Mission, including drafting of talking points and input for speeches, background papers and other correspondence, drafting of meeting notes and summaries of discussions with political interlocutors.
5. Performs other duties as required
The candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:
- Citizenship of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia;
- Completed secondary education supplemented by formal studies in political science, social sciences or administration;
- Minimum 6 years of relevant working experience dealing with developments of a political, social and economic nature;
- Established knowledge of political issues in the country and ability to collect and comprehend a wide range of information and perform appropriate political analysis;
- Experience in liaising with political parties, parliamentarians, governmental officials and civil society;
- Computer literate with practical experience with Windows packages;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and in local languages;
- Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
* Please note that appointment to this position is subject to approval of the OSCE Unified Budget for 2018.
Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions, is approximately EUR 1,564.00.
Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance and the OSCE Provident Fund.
Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale. At the discretion of the appointing authority a higher step may be approved up to a maximum of step 3 subject to specific conditions.
All candidates must apply online, using the OSCE online application link, found under https://jobs.osce.org .
Please note that applications received by e-mail, submitted after the deadline or in other languages than the English language would not be considered.
The recruitment procedure may take up to two months and we will be in further contact with you only if you are short-listed. The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer the position with modified terms of reference or a different duration.
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 be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.