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Team Leader of the Monitors


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Senior management
Number of posts
Duty station
Various locations
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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Advanced education/certified training course in relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials
  • Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgment to local conditions and communities
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames
  • Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to operate computer windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • 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 background


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language
  • Possession of a Class C driving license
  • Experience in off-road driving;
  • Completed national/international pre-deployment training
Tasks and Responsibilities

The assignment of the selected candidates will be initially until 31 March 2015, subject to extension.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations, the Team Leader of the Monitors is responsible for all aspects related to the operational effectiveness, safety and conduct of the Monitoring Team (MT). The Team Leader of the Monitors is responsible for ensuring that the Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) mandate is effectively implemented in the Team Leader's Area of Operations (AOO). The Team Leader of the Monitors is directly accountable for the performance of the MT and for ensuring that human, material and financial resources are managed in accordance with OSCE regulations and SMM policies. Specifically, the Team Leader of the Monitors:

  1. Provides overall leadership and management of the MT, including the implementation of an organizational structure in line with current instructions issued by Head Office, developing operational plans and allocating Monitors to specialist roles (including but not limited to: gender, media, minority rights, human rights, security) necessary to achieve the SMM's mandate;
  2. Acts as the first level supervisor for all Monitors in the MT;
  3. Ensures that appropriate support is provided to representatives of the wider OSCE community;
  4. Represents the SMM within the AOO, ensuring effective co-ordinating with other international organizations and liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies;
  5. In conjunction with specialist security staff, ensures the safety and security of all MT personnel and equipment, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
  6. Monitors, assesses and analyzes the political, security and human/minority rights/gender situation in the AOO, bringing relevant matters to the attention of Head Office in a timely manner and ensuring that the MT is fully briefed;
  7. Ensures that daily, weekly and special reports are compiled and submitted to Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
  8. Ensures that assigned tasks are completed and submitted to Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
  9. Contributes to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through participation in MT meetings, proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the AOO and ensuring that a gender perspective is integrated into MT's activities and reporting;
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.



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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