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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 law, criminal justice, social sciences, public policy, corporate ethics, or related fields; 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 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:

  • A minimum of six years of professional and progressive work experience in public and/or private institutions on systems design in ethical standards, ethics and compliance programmes, code of conduct, accountability and compliance frameworks;
  • Experience in staff/management relations, mediation and negotiation skills, mainstreaming diversity, public administration;
  • Sound analytical, organizational and evaluative skills; ability to conduct independent research and analysis with limited supervision and within short timeframes;
  • Demonstrated commitment to OSCE's values and displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • 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;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.



  • Relevant certification and knowledge of current best practices relating to ethics and conduct/practice;
  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation;
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission(s);
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s).


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. We encourage qualified applicants, especially women to apply for this position.


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 non-family 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 substantive supervision of the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM), and in co-ordination with the OSCE Ethics Co-ordinator based in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, as Ethics Adviser, you will be responsible for:


  1. Providing confidential and independent advice and recommendations to the Chief Monitor, SMM management and Mission members on issues relating to compliance with the OSCE Code of Conduct as well as on prevention and reporting of misconduct of mission members;
  2. Advising management and mission members on actions that could constitute misconduct under the OSCE ethics framework with due regard to the specific context of the SMM;
  3. Supporting management and mission members in fostering an inclusive work environment of highest ethical standards and in full compliance with the OSCE regulatory framework and internationally accepted standards;
  4. Providing consultative advice related to the OSCE Code of Conduct, the OSCE policy framework in relation to Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, the OSCE policy on prevention and reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse and other relevant policies and issuances as may be necessary;
  5. Contributing to the furtherance of the OSCE ethics framework in the SMM, in coordination with the OSCE Ethics Coordinator, and supporting with the development, revision and proposal of amendments to relevant SMM policies and issuances;
  6. Supporting management and mission members to resolve conflicts in the workplace, to manage actual and perceived conflicts of interests, and to help prevent unethical conduct in the SMM;
  7. Performing outreach and advocacy activities to increase awareness of the OSCE ethics framework within the SMM and developing and delivering trainings tailored to the SMM needs and environment;
  8. Performing other related tasks 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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