Job Description

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 working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following: Education: First-level university degree in law, political science, international relations or human rights related field(s) Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements: Mandatory:
  • At least six years of experience in the field of human rights work;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human rights principles and standards, OSCE Human Dimension commitments and a wide range of related concepts/issues, including protection of civilians, Humanitarian Action and gender mainstreaming;
  • Excellent Coordination and communication skills, including the capacity to convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion for different audiences;
  • Experience in working and maintaining contact with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to identify and analyze emerging human dimension issues and propose solutions;
  • Experience in the creation of monitoring and Data Collection tools, particularly in the field of human rights;
  • Experience in organizing Capacity Building activities/delivering training and briefings;
  • Strong analytical, Problem Solving, advocacy and mediation/facilitation skills;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written, and excellent drafting skills;
  • 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, cultural sensitivity and judgement;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines and under minimum supervision;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.
  • Working knowledge of the Russian and/or Ukrainian language(s);
  • Knowledge and experience of working with GIS Mapping tools.
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 direct supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Dimension Unit and overall guidance of the Head of the Human Dimension Unit, the Human Dimension Co-ordination Officer will be responsible for:
  1. Co-ordinating with other relevant Mission components, both at the Head Office and the Monitoring Teams, to support the integration of human dimension monitoring activities in planning and operational processes;
  2. Ensuring that the human dimension unit’s work is conducted in close co-ordination/co-operation with the Mission's other thematic units, including the Gender Unit, and the Monitoring Teams;
  3. Supporting the Head and Deputy Head of Unit in planning and coordinating the Unit's work plans and monitoring framework;
  4. Communicating regularly with human dimension colleagues in the Monitoring Teams to exchange information, provide guidance and assistance, and appropriate feedback;
  5. Ensuring regular exchange and close co-ordination with other relevant human dimension  related structures in Ukraine as well as with OSCE institutions and offices;
  6. Supporting the development of operational guidance and data collection tools on human dimension monitoring throughout the country;
  7. Organizing and developing internal capacity building activities on human rights monitoring, and external training opportunities in coordination with the Learning & Development Unit, particularly on assigned thematic priorities;
  8. Co-ordinating input and advice on human dimension issues as relevant to the Mission's work in the country;
  9. Collecting, documenting and coordinating information pertaining to assigned human dimension issues;
  10. Performing other related duties as required.
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.

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