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Senior Programme Officer (S2 )


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Pristina
  • Grade: S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-22

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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:

- Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including
NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development

- Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills


Level of Professional Competence Requirements


Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in law, political sciences, social sciences, international
relations, public policy, or equivalent professional experience


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements



  • First-level university degree in law, political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, or equivalent professional experience: 
  • At least 6 years of combined working experience across any combination of: work with democratic governmental structures at the central level, local level, or both; in the field of development and good governance at an international organization or civil society organization (preferably in a transitional country context); 
  • Excellent knowledge of international law, human rights standards, and other legal frameworks relevant to democratic good governance, as well as their application to both the central and local level governance structures; 
  • Demonstrated ability to draft high-quality analytical reports, including the ability to conduct literature review, identify and analyse relevant legal frameworks, and interpret research data; 
  • Experience in designing and delivering capacity-building projects in the field of good governance; 
  • Sound project development experience; 
  • Proficient knowledge of the English language;
  • 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; 
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgement; 
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames. 




  • Understanding of monitoring and evaluation best practices and frameworks, and demonstrated experience in deploying them in a dynamic project implementation environment; 
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct high-quality legal analysis; 
  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system in the Mission area; 
  • Knowledge of the Albanian and/or Serbian language(s). 


Tasks and Responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Governance Section and the overall supervision of the Deputy Director of the
Democratization Department, should you be the selected candidate, you will be responsible for:

  1. Designing, developing, implementing, and overseeing the Section’s projects in accordance with programmatic priorities; 
  2. Engaging and regularly communicate with counterparts in Kosovo institutions at both levels to develop project ideas, implement activities, and monitor their effectiveness; 
  3. Monitoring, analysing and reporting on a broad range of local and central good governance issues in Kosovo, including in relation to legal and regulatory frameworks, and takes an active part in the improvement of good governance through policy and programmatic advice; 
  4. Providing support to the Section and the Department in the reviewing of policies in the area of local and central governance in compliance with human rights and international good governance standards and principles; 
  5. Developing implementing and overseeing capacity-development programmes and projects. Writes reports related to governance programme activities; 
  6. Liaising with external local and international stakeholders to coordinate programmatic activities; 
  7. Maintaining close co-operation with local and international counterparts to achieve good governance objectives; 
  8. Providing rapid analyses, informs and advises the Department about the situation of local governance in Kosovo; 
  9. Contributing both to regular reporting mechanisms and to periodical analytical reports of the Department; 
  10. Performing other duties as required. 



For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, 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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