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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 political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another related field; 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 of ten years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment, including at least five years at the management level relevant to the actual position


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Minimum of ten years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment, including at least five years at the management level relevant to the actual position;
  • 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;
  • Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Demonstrated leadership of diverse teams;
  • Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics;
  • 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;
  • Readiness to deploy to various locations within Ukraine;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a wide variety of audiences;
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using a manual transmission;
  • 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;
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames;
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Ability to operate computer Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.



  • Experience in 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;
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Possession of a Class "C" driving license.


Tasks and Responsibilities

The SMM, in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving the gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently female professionals, especially in senior management roles, are underrepresented within the SMM. Female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply for this management job.


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.


The Monitoring Team Leader is requested to demonstrate highest standards of conduct and ensure strict adherence to the SMM Code of Conduct of all monitors under her/his supervision.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations, as Monitoring Team Leader, you will be is responsible for all aspects related to the operational effectiveness, safety and conduct of the Monitoring Team (MT). You will be responsible for ensuring that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's mandate is effectively implemented in the Team Leader's Area of Operations (AoO) including monitoring and reporting on human dimension issues and supporting the promotion of gender equality. In addition, you will be 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.


More specifically, under this job, you will be responsible for the following: 


  1. Providing overall leadership and management of the MT and ensuring effective implementation of all mandated activities in line with OSCE rules and procedures and the SMM's Code of Conduct as well as instructions issued by the Head Office;
  2. Co-ordinating the development of operational plans as well as the recruitment and allocation of Monitoring staff to specialist roles (including but not limited to: gender equality/mainstreaming, media, minority rights, human rights, security) necessary to achieve the SMM's mandate;
  3. Acting as the first level supervisor for the Deputy Team Leader of Monitors;
  4. As advised by specialist security staff, ensuring the safety and security of all MT personnel and equipment, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
  5. Monitoring, assessing and analyzing the political, security and human rights situation in their respective Area of Responsibility (AoR), bringing relevant matters to the attention of the Head Office in a timely manner and ensuring that the MT is fully briefed and compliant with current instructions and policies;
  6. Ensuring that appropriate support is provided to representatives of other executive structures of the OSCE and other actors of the international community;
  7. Representing the SMM within the AoR, ensuring effective co-ordination with other international organizations and liaison with governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  8. Ensuring that daily, weekly and special reports are compiled and submitted to the Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
  9. Ensuring that assigned tasks are completed and submitted to the Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
  10. Contributing to the implementation of the SMM Gender Equality Action Plan including ensuring gender is mainstreamed in the monitoring and reporting of the MT; establishing effective co-ordination and liaising with international, national and local gender equality stakeholders; ensuring equal opportunities for staff; contributing to sharing of lessons learned and best practices in relation to gender mainstreaming;
  11. Contributing to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through participation in MT meetings; proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the AoO;
  12. Performing other duties as assigned.


For additional information about the mission, 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/ourcompetency-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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