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  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: S-4, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-02

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Senior Project Officer

Kyiv (Ukraine)

Direct Application Project

This vacancy is part of a pilot project with a number of participating States to assess a new sequence of applications for select secondment opportunities. If you are applying as a national of one of the following countries:

Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The Republic of North Macedonia, United Kingdom

please click here and your application will be routed directly to the OSCE for initial assessment. Then, the applications of all candidates deemed to meet the job-related requirements will be passed to the respective Seconding Authorities who will decide on their nominations. Please be advised that this is a Seconded Post and only candidates who receive a nomination from their Seconding Authority will be considered further.

If the country of citizenship under which you will apply is not listed above, please select your country of nationality under "Apply to this Vacancy-your citizenship" section, so your application can be routed directly to your Seconding Authority.

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:

  • Second-level university deree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields;
  • 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;
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments;
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills;
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments;
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills;
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments;
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree/certified training course in relevant field.


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience, including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Proven work experience in the field of project management: project development, including budgeting, monitoring, implementation, and reporting (both narrative and financial);
  • Good management, organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to take corrective action;
  • Ability to build and manage a diverse team of experts;
  • Ability to establish contact and develop confident relations with government officials and institutions, as well as civil society;
  • Proven track record of working at a national policy level, developing and delivering strategy;
  • 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 work independently and take initiative and with a high sense of confidentiality and flexibility;
  • Professional fluency in the English langauge, both oral and written, and the ability to draft reports clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and email.


  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Knowledge of international organizations such as OSCE, EU, UNDP, UNODC, IOM, Council of Europe;
  • Working knowledge of local language(s).
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Co-ordinator, as Senior Project Officer you will be:

  1. Overseeing the strategic planning process;
  2. Overseeing a portfolio of more than 30 projects, grouped into four programmes;
  3. Directly supervising 10 to12 staff, including Heads of the Rule of Law, Human Security and Economic-Environmental Political-Military programmes and directly leading the Democracy and Good Governance programme;
  4. Advising the Project Co-ordinator on policy, operations and project development;
  5. Maintaining senior level contacts with the Ukrainian authorities;
  6. Overseeing fundraising for extra-budgetary projects;
  7. Preparing the annual budget and reviewing prior years implementation and bi-annual activity reports;
  8. Replacing the Head of Mission in his/her absence
  9. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the work of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in 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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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