Technical Monitoring Officer / UAV Operator (S2)

General Staff/Monitoring
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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:



  • First-level university degree in relevant field(s); certified training course is desirable



  • Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • Minimum six years of relevant professional experience in any of the following fields: military, police, government or international/multilateral organizations in a field environment; 
  • Minimum one year of experience in the field of civilian or military aviation: experience in piloting military or civilian manned aircraft (helicopters or planes), experience in operating small to large multi-rotor or fixed-wing UAVs in a military, law enforcement or commercial setting, experience in planning aerial operations, or work experience on projects related to unmanned aviation;
  • Sound organizational skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely and work to tight deadlines and under minimum supervision;
  • Proven experience of working in a demanding and constantly changing operational environment;
  • Strong diplomatic skills, tact, cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills;
  • 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;
  • 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 operate computer Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.



  • Current UAV or remotely piloted aircraft system license provided by national aviation authorities or internationally-recognized UAV training centres;
  • Working knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian language(s);
  • Experience in utilizing image and video editing software;
  • Experience in analyzing aerial images and in identifying military equipment;
  • Experience in using Geographic Information System (GIS) applications;
  • Possession of 'C' driving license.


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 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.


In line with its Mandate and specific tasks assigned by political agreements reached in Minsk, the SMM utilises Unmanned and Unarmed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in order to collect data from inaccessible locations and to assess the security situation, on both sides of the Line of Contact in eastern Ukraine. Long-range UAVs allow for safe and efficient assessment of the security situation of large areas over a short period of time. Furthermore, in light of current security-related restrictions that do not allow ground patrols to operate during night time or on unpaved roads, the long-range UAV asset is the only tool that can effectively overcome these significant limitations. As such, close co-ordination between the SMM's long-range UAV team and Donetsk and Luhansk MTs allows for pin-pointing and subsequent long-range UAV monitoring of areas which are of potential interest to the SMM but are inaccessible to ground patrols.


Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Head of Operations and direct supervision of the Technical Patrol Group Leader/UAV Operator, the Technical Monitoring Officer (TMO)/UAV Operator will provide overall on-the-ground co-ordination of Long Range (LR) UAV monitoring activities. This includes:


  1. Day-to-day co-ordination of LR UAV contractor's service provision during operational shifts: overseeing contractor execution of daily flight plans, directing in-flight observations, maintaining flight logs and daily status reports;
  2. Carrying out preliminary post-flight data analysis, preparing LR UAV Team's daily reports;
  3. Co-ordinating reporting and data analysis-related matters with relevant Head Office units (Information Management Cell, Reporting and Political Analysis Unit);
  4. Supporting the LR UAV Patrol Group Leader in the following tasks: conducting pre-flight briefings (security situation in the AOR, weather forecast, daily flight plan) and post-flight debriefings (relevant observations, incidents, technical issues, preparing post-flight documentation), quality control of the flight log, daily status report and LR UAV Team’s daily/weekly reports;
  5. Supporting in preparing LR UAV Team's regular Patrol and Flight Plans;
  6. Performing other duties as assigned, including regular ground patrolling activities;
  7. Furthermore, as a secondary responsibility, the TMO/UAV Operator will conduct tasks pertaining to Mini and Mid-range UAV operations in line with the Operational Instruction on the use of Mini and mid-range UAVs for designated patrols and applicable Security Instructions.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see


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


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:

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