4 June 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
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:
First-level university degree in international relations/political science, statistics, business administration, or graduate of a national military or police academy at officer level
Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
Minimum of six years of relevant professional experience in any of the following fields: arms control, disarmament, database usage for inventory management;
Experience in arms control and weapons storage verification inspections and/or inventory control systems, including field inventory procedures, and report writing;
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 in identification of military equipment, particularly weapons systems and munitions that are regulated by the Memorandum of 19 September 2014 and subsequent Minsk agreements;
Ability to read the Cyrillic alphabet;
Proven ability to draft concise, coherent reports incorporating narrative, visual and tabular data, meeting tight deadlines;
Experience with any or all of the following software packages: ArcGIS, Google Earth, Adobe Acrobat Pro, MS Office package including Excel and Access;
Ability to compile and analyse information of a political-military nature;
Demonstrated experience/ability to conduct training in a field environment;
Excellent analytical, diplomatic and negotiation skills;
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;
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 co-operate effectively with supervisors and colleagues with diverse experiences and backgrounds;
Ability to operate Windows applications including Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as familiarity with internet search engines and techniques.
Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently female professionals are underrepresented within the SMM, including in the Operations Unit. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.
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. 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.
Verification Officer can be appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous.
Under the overall guidance of the Head of Operations and direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Operations, Monitoring Team Leader, as Verification Officer, you will perform the following specific functions:
Providing advice on the technical aspects of monitoring the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the verification of same in accordance with the Minsk Agreements;
Providing 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;
Co-operating with other SMM elements, including thorough 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; designing and delivery of induction and refresher training related to verification;
Co-ordinating the design and implementation of a database enabling accurate verification reports to be compiled for use by the SMM and for external reports;
Co-ordinating monitoring the withdrawal of weapons and the verification processes within the Monitoring Teams area of responsibilities;
Assisting with data entry and management of verification reports from the Monitoring Teams;
As required, co-operate with Monitoring Teams Gender Co-ordinator to ensure gender mainstreaming in all activities in the area of responsibilities;
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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