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Programme Officer (S2)

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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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  


Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are: 

  • Demonstrable organizational skills;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations;
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required;
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities.


Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



First-level university degree in one or more of the following fields: international relations, international law, military affairs, project management, economics, disaster risk reduction or related field, or equivalent documented professional experience in such areas.



Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience 


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Previous experience of working in a programmatic or strategic planning role;
  • Ability to interact with a diversity of interlocutors (i.e. government, communities, local institutions, national and international partners, etc.);
  • Previous international experience in analysis and reporting, including ability to produce comprehensive documents;
  • Experience in conducting field monitoring and evaluation of project activities;
  • Proven ability to plan, co-ordinate and monitor own work and that of others;
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to present well especially for high-level audiences;
  • Proven communication, interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • Excellent analytical, diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Professional fluency in English language and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
  • Sensitivity to issues of concern to vulnerable groups;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Be available to travel in hazard regions of the mission area of operation;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.



  • Experience in negotiation/mediation or working partnership building;
  • Understanding of the challenges facing Tajikistan and Central Asia states in the area of Arms Control and Explosive Hazards;
  • Working level of Russian and/or Tajik languages.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Please note that this is an extra-budgetary post and the project is envisaged to run until 31 March 2024 pending on availability of funds. Currently the project has available funds until 31 March 2022.

The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe (POiD) promotes the implementation of OSCE principles and commitments. With special emphasis on the regional context, it assists Tajikistan in tackling problems and threats to security, supports conflict prevention and crisis management measures. As such, it works in areas such as border management, police reform, counter-terrorism and arms control and explosive hazards reduction and response. The Programme Office supports the development of the rule of law and democratic political institutions and processes, including the respect for human rights.
Under the direct supervision of the Countering Security Threats Officer and second-level supervision of the Head of Political Military Department, should you be selected for the Programme Officer position, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

  1. Holding responsibility for full project cycle management of extra budgetary project in Tajikistan and Central Asia under the extra-budgetary project "Integrated Cooperation on Explosive Hazards Programme";
  2. Developing next phases of extra budgetary projects;
  3. Working closely with all stakeholders involved in Arms Control and Explosive Hazards to identify and address strategic issues facing Tajikistan and Central Asia in the implementation of its national and international commitments;
  4. Overseeing all relevant financial and administrative documents, co-ordinating the work related to procurement of goods and services including contracts with consultants and partners according to the OSCE requirements, rules and regulations;
  5. Providing regular reports, periodical analytical reports and briefings for donors and management;
  6. Preparing briefing material for internal and external use, providing practical technical advice and guidance;
  7. Conducting trainings and capacity building development and co-ordination of national counterparts;
  8. Advising senior management on issues in accordance with the mission mandate as well as providing technical advice on strategic planning in relation to the programmatic areas;
  9. Establishing, developing and maintaining regional co-operation and exchange within Central Asia stakeholders involved in Arms Control and Explosive Hazards;
  10. Preparing written communication (briefing notes, memos and presentations) to provide senior management with background and context on the objectives of Arms Control and Explosive Hazards projects and strategic planning process;
  11. Monitoring, evaluation and providing on-going support to the process of nationalization of Tajikistan Arms Control, Mine Action and Explosive Hazards Programme, especially through identifying and addressing capacity building needs among managerial and programmatic staff;
  12. Contributing to the reporting and to periodical analytical reports of the Department;
  13. Supervising two National Professionals and two General Service staff;
  14. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, 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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