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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:

  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills


Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



  • Second-level university degree in law; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree



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


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • A minimum of ten years of directly related professional experience, including four years at the international level;
  • Substantial experience in providing legal advice and drafting and reviewing legal texts, including legal opinions, contracts, agreements, and official correspondence;
  • Demonstrated experience supervising the work of a legal team and coordinating internally with other units or departments;
  • Political intuition and tact; strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to take into account various policy implications and identify strategic issues;
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve sensitive and/or complex issues;
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to communicate orally and draft clearly and concisely;
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames; proven resilience to high stress environments and willingness to travel;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and e-mail.



  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Active license to practice law;
  • Experience with the OSCE, UN common system and/or other international organizations.


Tasks and Responsibilities:

Please note that SMM offers of appointment/assignment shall be subject to prospective mission members being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and failure to meet this medical standard will result in termination of the appointment/assignment.



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. 


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 Senior Legal Adviser will have the following responsibilities:


  1. Co-ordinating and supervising the work of the Legal Office and its staff (2 international and 3 national mission members) for the provision of legal advice to the Chief Monitor and Mission Senior Management on legal matters arising from the Mission's status and operation;
  2. Co-ordinating, supervising and, as appropriate, undertaking research and studying legal precedents related to the function, structure and activities of the Mission, inter alia the areas set out in the Mission's mandate and international, public, private and administrative law, and international civil service law; assisting in ensuring consistency of interpretations of legal instruments relevant to the work of the Mission;
  3. Providing legal advice on disciplinary procedures and other personnel-related matters and appeals against administrative decisions of Chief Monitor in conformity with OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, and Staff Instructions and the wider OSCE regulatory framework;
  4. Providing legal advice and analysis on questions of international law affecting the status and privileges and immunities of the Mission and its personnel;
  5. Advising on claims by and against the Mission, customs and tax matters, international transport law, and contracts; ensuring legal reviewing and clearing of and drafting legal documents, including SMM contracts, Memoranda of Understanding, Implementing Partner Agreements, Notes Verbale and official correspondence/responses to official correspondence;
  6. Co-ordinating the Mission legal consultations and liaising with the OSCE Secretariat Legal Services regarding compliance with and consistent application of OSCE CRMS; co-ordinating discussions on legal matters of interest to the Mission and to the OSCE internally as well as with local institutions and international organizations at the local level where appropriate;
  7. Performing other related 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/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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