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Verification Officer


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Issued by
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
General Staff / Monitoring Functions
Functional level
Senior professional
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:

  • 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 degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First-level university education in international relations/political science, statistics, business administration, or graduate of a national military or police academy at officer level
  • Minimum six years of relevant professional experience in any of the following fields: arms control, disarmament, inventory management
  • Ability to read the Cyrillic alphabet
  • Proven ability to draft concise, coherent reports incorporating narrative, visual and tabular data, meeting tight deadlines
  • Experience in working in arms control and verification in a military verification centre or international mission conducting monitoring or verification of weapons limitations, withdrawals or elimination
  • Experience with any or all of the following software packages: Google Earth, Adobe Acrobat Pro, MS Office package including Excel and Access
  • Experience in identification of military equipment, particularly weapons systems and munitions that are regulated by the Memorandum of 19 September 2014 and subsequent Minsk agreements
  • Experience in arms control and weapons storage verification inspections and/or inventory control systems, including field inventory procedures, and report writing
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, precision in work and problem-solving and the ability to work under pressure; ability to concentrate for long periods on detailed information
  • Ability to co-operate effectively with supervisors and colleagues with diverse experiences and backgrounds
  • 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
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as familiarity with internet search engines and techniques


  • Possession of a valid automobile 'Class C' driving license is a definite advantage
  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

With a view to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security, the OSCE SMM monitors and verifies compliance with several aspects of the Minsk agreements, including provisions related to cessation of fire, withdrawal of weapons regulated by these agreements and disengagement of forces and other hardware. Verification officers will work with Head Office units and monitoring teams in order to ensure that these aspects of their work are implemented impartially and so contribute effectively, efficiently and economically to the Mission's wide aims reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security. They will advise the Head of Operations and, through him/her, the Chief Monitor and his/her deputies, on timely management of risks and issues related to verification, including through reference to emerging international good practice within and outside the OSCE area. The incumbent may be conducting his/her work in the office and field locations in Kyiv and in eastern Ukraine.

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Operations and direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Operations, the Verification Officer performs the following specific functions:

  1. Provides advice on the technical aspects of monitoring the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the verification of same in accordance with the Minsk Agreements; 
  2. Provides advice on strategic aspects of verification, including deployment of remote observation technology (e.g. satellite imagery, static and mobile cameras and sensors), and on refinement of day-to-day operations related to verification;
  3. Co-operates with other SMM elements, including through review and contribution to relevant aspects of: the Mission's regular and occasional reports, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the aims and tasks enumerated in the mandate; design and delivery of induction and refresher training related to verification; 
  4. Co-ordinates the design and implementation of a database enabling accurate verification reports to be compiled for use by the SMM and for external reports;
  5. Assists with data entry and management of verification reports from the Monitoring Teams;
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see


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 note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

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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