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Database Administrator (S2)

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-29

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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:

  • First-level university degree in computer science or related field or proven 2 years professional experience in managing information systems and supporting users
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills in a technology environment with the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, demanding environment with multiple priorities

Level of Professional Competence Requirements


First-level university degree university degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Database Management, Software Development, Mathematics, Statistics or other related field(s) from an accredited academic institution


A minimum of six years of relevant professional experience.

Mission Specific Requirements



  • At least six years of relevant professional experience in the development of database information systems;
  • Working experience with the following: relational database design, development, implementation, administration, management and support; software systems design, development, implementation, administration, management and support;
  • Knowledge of different data collection methodologies;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication, presentation and team-building skills;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision in an environment where rapid response to emergencies is essential;
  • 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;
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint as well as familiarity with internet search engines and techniques;
  • Ability to assess situations and react rapidly, as well as to adjust and cope with changing tasks and priorities;
  • Ability to co-operate effectively with supervisors and colleagues of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Experience with the UN common system and/or other international organizations
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Knowledge of the Unix/Linux based Operating Systems (OS) and Databases


Tasks and Responsibilities

The Mission, in line with the OSCE SMM Gender Equality Action Plan, is committed to improving the gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently female professionals are underrepresented within the SMM, including in the Operations Unit. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.


Initial duration of assignment for this post is for a period of 12 months, with a possibility of extension, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.


If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.


Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.


Under the direct supervision of the ICT Security Officer and the overall guidance of the Head, ICT the Database Administrator performs the following duties:

  1. Assessing the needs of the Unit and analyses internal business processes in order to design new databases and implement approved designs for data base;
  2. Designing, developing, testing and deploying database applications, software and other technology solutions; compiles business requirements, technical specifications, user and technical documentation and standards for information management systems implementation;
  3. Providing support in reporting and analyzing data, assuring data consistency and giving statistics information;
  4. Maintaining a variety of databases to ensure integrity, safety and access to data; introduces enhancements;
  5. Supporting the operation of the analysis of processed data and information and performs data quality and consistency control;
  6. Providing information management support to Needs Assessment processes, specifically in data collection, processing/collation and analysis;
  7. Developing and maintaining relevant documentation and standards related to database administration for the Unit;
  8. Working closely with relevant departments/units in the Special Monitoring Mission Headquarter (SMM HQ) and the Secretariat in Vienna to determine necessary support requirements;
  9. Traveling frequently within Ukraine including the Eastern Oblasts;
  10. Performing other duties as assigned.


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 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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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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