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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:



  • Second-level university degree in public/business administration, management, finance, personnel management or related field or proven professional experience in all aspects of general administration (personnel, finance, etc.); a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree



  • Minimum six years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least three years at the management level relevant to the actual position


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • At least six years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment including at least three years at the management level relevant to the post;
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles preferred;
  • Thorough understanding of the conduct of large scale field operations and adeptly transferring that knowledge to the context of the mandate's regional dynamics;
  • Sound political judgement with a strong awareness of the importance of cultural sensitivity;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
  • Organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Strong competencies in leadership, strategic thinking and managing team performance;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Strong competency using influence and problem solving to reach resolution with different team needs and challenges.
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Ability to operate computer windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.



  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations;
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Completed national/international pre-deployment training.


Tasks and Responsibilities

The Mission, in line with the OSCE SMM Gender Equality Action Plan, is committed to improving the gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently female professionals are underrepresented within the SMM, including in management roles. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for this management opportunity.


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.


Under the supervision of the Head of Operations, the Deputy Head of Operations will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Assisting the Head of Operations in all aspects related to staff planning and conduct of operations required for the Mission in line with its mandate and the strategic direction provided by the Chief Monitor;
  2. Gathering and interpreting, in consultation with the Mission's Reporting and Political Analysis Unit, information from a variety of sources, including technology, internet-based open source media, field mission reports and information from participating States in order to advise the Head of Operations and assisting in her/his decision making;
  3. Keeping communication and co-ordination channels with other international actors in the field, including the EU and UN, on operational matters;
  4. Maintaining situational awareness in order to appraise the Head of Operations and senior management of changes in the operational and security environment, while closely co-ordinating with the Security Unit;
  5. Ensuring that safety and security, and operational procedures in the Monitoring Teams are established and complied with;
  6. Preparing operational and other related presentations, briefings and reports using visual tools for high level audiences;
  7. Supporting the Head of Operations in researching and drafting special and regular reports related to operational issues as required;
  8. Overseeing the operations of the subunits within the Operations Head Office and providing advice on its management and technical support;
  9. Performing other duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see https://www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine 


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 be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.


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 well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.

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