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Programme Officer (S1)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Mitrovica
  • Grade: Junior level - S-1, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

General Minimum Requirements

  • 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

  • First-level university degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills


Level of Professional Competence Requirements


  • First-level university degree or equivalent experience


  • Minimum 2 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:


  • First-level university degree in public administration, political science, social science or similar relevant field;
  • International field work experience in monitoring, reporting and policy-making;
  • Proven experience in project cycle management;
  • Knowledge of and experience in good governance principles and familiarity with the European Charter of Local Self Government;
  • Knowledge of and experience in democratization issues, notably in the field of public participation of women, youth, and civil society in developing/transitional countries;
  • Staff management experience and team-building ability;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to produce analytical reports, very good report writing skills;
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Interpersonal and diplomatic 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;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgment to local conditions and communities;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Political awareness and understanding;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail;
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and the ability to drive using manual transmission is a requirement for this post. New hires will be required to pass an OMIK administered driving test using a manual transmission vehicle within six months.


  • International work experience and/or experience in field missions, preferably in the South Eastern European area;
  • Experience in negotiation/mediation and/or capacity-building with municipal authorities;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and legal system of the mission area.


Tasks and Responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Democratization Officer and the overall supervision of the Director of the Regional Centre, the incumbent is an integral member of the Field Support Section within the Regional Centre Mitrovicë/Mitrovica. The Programme Officer will be performing the following  tasks:

  1. Pro-actively monitoring and building the capacities of municipal institutions and civil society, assessing/evaluating developments in the field of  democratization accompanied by remedial action when appropriate. This includes reporting, project development and implementation as well as  other forms of assistance or advice, aiming to improve compliance with principles of good governance;
  2. Supporting the Senior Democratization Officer in co-ordinating the work of the Public Participation Section in the Regional Centre, and ensuring close co-operation and co-ordination with HQ;
  3. Providing programmatic support to the Public Participation Section within the Regional Centre, and ensuring overall co-operation and co-ordination  between colleagues in the Regional Centre;
  4. Regularly meeting local counterparts to exchange and gather information on public participation issues; assessing and reporting on developments, successes and concerns regarding compliance with good governance principles;
  5. Responsible for identification of key public participation related issues in the incumbent's Area of Responsibility and when deemed necessary  following up with analytical reporting, including recommendations to the Democratization Department and Regional Centre Senior management; developing and implementing projects on regional level; and evaluating impact and achievements;
  6. Drafting policy recommendations that address specific public participation issues/concerns;
  7. Contributing to the reporting and to periodical analytical reports of the Departments;
  8. Performing other duties as required.


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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:

Additional Information
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