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Senior Programme Officer*


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Functional level
Senior professional
Number of posts
Duty station
Prishtine / Pristina
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 political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either 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:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • At least four years of working experience with democratic governmental structures at the local level and/or in development work with local government structures in transitional countries, including international human rights and good governance standards and principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal compliance at the local level and experience in drafting and/or reviewing legislation
  • Strong problem-solving, analytical and drafting skills, and the ability to take into account various policy implications, identify strategic priorities in the field of local governance, and provide expert legal and programing advice
  • Experience in capacity building programmes in the field of civil society engagement and co-operation with local government structures
  • Demonstrated project management and programme development experience
  • Demonstrated ability to write analytical reports and make public presentations
  • Knowledge of principles and standards of democratic self-governance at municipal level as defined in the "European Charter of Local Self-Government" by the Council of Europe
  • Professional fluency in the English language
  • 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 judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email


  • Experience in negotiation/mediation
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system in the Mission area
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of Local Governance Section, the Senior Programme Officer:

  1. Assists in formulating policy on issues pertaining to local good governance, particularly in the northern Kosovo municipalities;
  2. Monitors, analyses and reports on a broad range of local good governance issues in Kosovo, with a focus on the four northern Kosovo municipalities; takes an active part in the improvement of local good governance through policy, programmatic and legal advice in accordance with international standards;
  3. Provides support to the Section in the review of policies in the area of local governance (in northern Kosovo) for compliance with human rights, and international good governance standards and principles;
  4. Develops and implements capacity development programmes; writes reports related to local governance programme activities;
  5. Develops, manages and implements the Section's projects in accordance with programmatic priorities, in particular with respect to municipal accountability, transparency, outreach, inter-municipal co-operation and civil society cooperation. The geographic area of focus is northern Kosovo;
  6. Liaises with external local and international stakeholders to co-ordinate the programmatic activities of the Local Governance Section;
  7. Contributes both to regular reporting mechanisms and to periodical analytical reports;
  8. Performs any other duties as assigned.

* Please note that this position is subject to the 2014 Unified Budget approval


The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

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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