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Programme Manager, Security Co-Operation and Governance

Podgorica (Montenegro)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Podgorica (Montenegro)
  • Grade: Seconded Position - Senior - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-09

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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:


  • Second-level university degree in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police corrections officer training)
  • 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 a relevant field




Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements    

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • Demonstrated extensive managerial experience in one or more areas: senior law enforcement management and administration, planning and/or implementation of the security sector reform; strategic development of police, including capacity building, development and implementation of policies, regulations, projects and/or programmes, assessment and analysis of police institutional deficiencies;
  • Previous experience in terms of leading teams and implementing projects;
  • Practical experience in  law enforcement;
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to democratic policing;
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor the work of others;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, e-mail, and presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint);
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, especially in terms of report writing.



  • Previous experience in peacekeeping operations or international policing;
  • Good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in Montenegro and mission mandate;
  • Good knowledge of international organizations and networks co-operating to tackle cross regional crime;
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the mission area;
  • Knowledge of other OSCE official working languages would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area.
Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of the Mission (DHoM), the Programme Manager, Security Co-operation and Governance (SCOG) discharges her/his responsibilities in leading and effectively implementing the work of the SCOG Programme. She/he supports the Head of Mission (HoM) as a focal point for the co-ordination of the Transnational Threats Department-related activities of the Mission. More specifically, the responsibilities of the incumbent will include:


  1. Further developing and implementing the Mission's SCOG Programme in accordance with the Mission's mandate and other relevant documents;
  2. Providing strategy development, programme/project planning, budgeting and implementation, and reporting in his/her area of responsibility;
  3. Implementing programmatic activities (e.g. providing technical expertise and capacity building assistance) in support of the main rule of law and law enforcement institutions;
  4. In close co-ordination with the TNTD, assisting the local authorities in countering new international and cross-border security challenges, such as organized crime, terrorism and trafficking in human beings, through the provision and co-ordination of specialist police advice and training;
  5. Building and maintaining a database related to the local policing and ensuring that information, reports and correspondence on policing matters are systematically filed as part of the Office's organizational memory;
  6. Establishing and maintaining necessary contacts and build relationships with relevant local counterparts such as the Agency for Anticorruption, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, Ministry of Defense, State Prosecutors Office, international organizations operating in the mission area and local NGO’s;
  7. Co-ordinating and preparing the Programme's Unified Budget proposal established on a performance-based programme budgeting approach;
  8. Acting as point of contact for specific request from the TNTD, especially related to management or planning and relaying of these requests to the Director/Coordinator; also acting as information contact for field operations and Institutions and other sections in the Secretariat regarding TNTD activities;
  9. Identifying and proposing areas for potential programmatic activity; preparing project proposals including budget formulation; implementing approved projects and activities; proposing corrective action to any problems and issues that arise;
  10. Monitoring the budget of projects being implemented and liaises with all relevant counterparts, to ensure timely and accurate payment of expenditures;
  11. Contributing to written output, e.g., speeches and talking points (for the Head of Mission), analytical notes, reports and input to reports on substantive aspects of the work of the Programme;
  12. Performing any other duties as required.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, 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.

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