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Mission Spokesperson (S2)

Chisinau (Moldova)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Chisinau (Moldova)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-31

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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:

  • Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information; 
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience; 
  • Good analytical and interpersonal skills


Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



First-level university degree in journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology

Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:



  • At least six years of media and public affairs experience, including handling media inquiries and interview requests, and the ability to manage the dissemination of appropriate information; 
  • Excellent writing skills, experience of drafting documents for a variety of audiences and the ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Experience in project management; 
  • Knowledge of the historical and current political situation of the Mission area, sound political judgement and keen analytical skills; 
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and working knowledge of Russian; 
  • Experience of using and maintaining social media platforms; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities; 
  • 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 of IT functions and experience in using computers and relevant software.



  • Experience of working in an international organization; 
  • Knowledge of Media legislation; 
  • Working knowledge of Romanian language; 
  • Experience with the use of digital photography and video.


Tasks and Responsibilities


Under the supervision of the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, as Mission Spokesperson, you will perform the following duties:

  1. Drafting press releases, statements, press lines, news items and media advisories; managing the clearance process and ensuring their distribution to target audiences; 
  2. Preparing a daily news digest, including drafting summaries for each news story, ensuring timely clearance and distribution, and ensuring that the distribution list is up-to-date; 
  3. Developing and implementing a media strategy designed to ensure that appropriate information about Mission activities is reaching the relevant audience; 
  4. Supervising the monitoring and distribution within the Mission of local and international media; 
  5. Handling requests for interviews from domestic and foreign journalists; 
  6. Supervising and conducting press conferences, media events and interviews; 
  7. Conducting outreach activities in support of the Mission's mandate; 
  8. Managing the implementation of projects related to media freedom and public outreach; 
  9. Maintaining close liaison with the OSCE Secretariat's Communications and Media Relations Section and with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in Vienna; 
  10. Supervising internal monitoring and reporting in the field of freedom of the media; 
  11. Managing the Mission's social media presence, including being responsible for the day-to-day management of social media platforms; 
  12. Overseeing the development and maintenance of the Mission's website;
  13. Supervising two local mission members; 
  14. Performing other duties as assigned.


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


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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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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