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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
Mitrovice / Mitrovica
Date of entry on duty
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:


  • Several years of working experience with democratic governmental structures at the local level and/or in development work with local government structures in transitional environments, including international human rights and good governance standards and principles
  • Sound 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
  • Substantial experience in the design and implementation of capacity-building programmes in the field of local good governance and civil society engagement and co-operation with local government structures
  • Demonstrated project management and programme development experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal compliance at the local level and experience in drafting and/or reviewing legislation
  • Strong analytical and drafting skills and ability to take into account various policy implications, identify strategic priorities in the field of local governance and provide expert legal and programing advice
  • Demonstrated ability to write analytical reports and make public presentations
  • 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
  • Reliability and initiative
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement
  • Professional fluency in the English language and very good communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
  • 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, and in close co-operation with the Director of the Regional Centre Mitrovice/Mitrovica, the Senior Programme Officer:

  1. Identifies, designs, and manages the Section's projects in the northern municipalities in accordance with programmatic priorities, in particular with respect to municipal accountability, transparency, outreach, inter-municipal co-operation and civil society co-operation;
  2. Develops and implements capacity-development projects in co-operation with the Local Governance Section's National Programme Officer;
  3. Ensures close communication and co-operation with the Senior Democratization Officer (SDO) of the Regional Centre Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and field teams throughout the project cycle process;
  4. Identifies projects in co-operation with other Mission Departments and Sections and ensures communication and co-operation with the Mission's Task Force North and its Co-ordinator;
  5. In co-ordination with the senior management of the Regional Centre Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, liaises with local institutions, organizations, and international stakeholders on matters related to the programmatic activities of the Local Governance Section in the four northern municipalities;
  6. Assists in formulating policies on issues pertaining to local good governance, in particular those pertaining to the four northern municipalities;
  7. Monitors, analyses and reports on a broad range of local good governance issues in Kosovo, with a focus on the four northern municipalities; takes an active part in the improvement of local good governance through providing policy, programmatic and legal advice in accordance with international standards;
  8. 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;
  9. Contributes both to regular reporting mechanisms and to periodical analytical reports;
  10. Performs any other duties as assigned.

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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