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Mine Action Officer

Ukraine (Ukraine)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-03

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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:

  • Officer / Warrant Officer training and/or university degree in a relevant technical field
  • Significant experience in arms control, peace-keeping operations and/or other relevant areas of military-related affairs
  • Experience in negotiations and liaison with governmental and military authorities
  • Ability to compile and analyse information of a political-military nature
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in security, disaster or/and emergency management, law enforcement, or other relevant fields, or/and graduate from a national military or police


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • At least six years of progressively responsible professional experience in a related field, preferably in an international environment or/and within operational missions with humanitarian mine action, commercial mine action, arms control, weapon contamination and/or military engineering  portfolio;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in designing and implementing awareness campaigns  for diverse target groups (including men, women and children);
  • Knowledge and/or experience in International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), in Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), in Technical/Non-Technical Survey; Land release process; in Geographical Informational System (GIS);
  • Demonstrated experience/ability to conduct training or instruct in a field environment;
  • Excellent analytical, diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Understanding of the challenges facing Ukraine in mine action;
  • Professional fluency in the English language and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to drive 4x4 vehicles with manual transmission;
  • Willingness / ability to travel to hazard areas of the Mission;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a challenging environment and with limited time frames;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • EOD, CIED, demining/mine clearance operations experience within last 7 years' period;
  • Knowledge of Google MAP, ArcGIS Map;
  • Working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments;
  • Ability to drive 4x4 vehicles and holding a "C" driving license.


Based upon the Mission's Mandate, the successful candidate will never be authorized to handle mines and/or ERW whilst working for the Mission; this includes the detector-assisted search, recovery, moving, render safe procedures (RSP), neutralisation, and disposal/demolition of explosive items. The role of the Mine Action Officer is of a strictly non-technical, advisory nature.

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.

The selected candidate may be deployed Ukraine-wide, including hazardous areas. 

Under the general direction and co-ordination of the Deputy Head of Operations of the SMM and the immediate supervision of the Senior Mine Action Officer, the Mine Action Officer will be tasked and responsible for:

  1. Providing support to Senior Mine Action Officer, with monitoring of the implementation of mine action activities in accordance with relevant Minsk agreements;
  2. Supporting the Senior Mine Action Officer in preparing written communications  to provide SMM management with background and context on the objectives of the mine action activities;
  3. Monitoring the area of operation (AoR), including potentially contaminated areas, ensuring the collection, compiling, analysing and providing of updated information to the SMM, including maps of the hazardous areas and database;
  4. Assisting Senior Mine Action Officer to provide technical expertise and advice on mine action. Supports the implementation, of the Mission's mandate and advises on progress in area of mine action within his/her area of responsibility, supporting as necessary, in fostering dialogue and in designing and implementing specific confidence-building measures that will enable parties to work together to reduce the threats posed by landmines and other explosive hazards;
  5. Providing technical advice/expertise/recommendations, in relation to the mine action, including disengagement process and withdrawal of forces;
  6. Providing information on type of mines, ammunitions, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), military hardware, special equipment, explosive and other hazardous materials;
  7. Supporting development of mine-awareness training programme for monitors to raise awareness about operating in hazardous areas; Providing gender-sensitive mine awareness training/instructions for the Mission members, as well as for the civilian population;
  8. Developing and keeping the data base, ensuring the provision of updated information on mine contaminated areas to the SMM, providing risk assessments of potentially contaminated (suspected) areas (infrastructures);
  9. On behalf of the OSCE SMM, on a technical level, advising, where required, on mine action, coordinating activities with the relevant mine action stakeholders in Ukraine to support  implementation of the Minsk agreements and related tasks, as well as other International Conventions;
  10. Contributing for  development of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), plans, instructions, etc. related to mine action and delivering them as required;
  11. Representing the OSCE SMM at relevant workshops/meetings related to Mine Action, including on implementation of UNSCR 1325;
  12. Acting as the Senior Mine Action Officer as and when directed;
  13. Performing other duties as assigned and when 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, 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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