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Politico-Military Officer (S2)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Chişinău
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: Closed

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 relevant field(s)



Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Experience in project management, including identification of new projects, drafting of project proposals, co-ordination of the execution of projects, drafting of project performance reports, co-ordination of administration of projects;
  • Thorough knowledge of OSCE practices, agreements and documents relevant for Arms Controls and Confidence and Security Building Measures (CSBM), background and experience, including the application of broader confidence building measures in conflict settlement;
  • Experience in negotiations and liaison with governmental and military authorities; 
  • Officer/Warrant Officer training and/or university degree in a relevant technical field such as international relations, business administration, development or peacebuilding;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; 
  • Professional fluency in English and working knowledge of the Russian 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; 
  • Ability to drive 4 wheel drive vehicles; 
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and emails.



  • Experience in working in a region with a protracted conflict;
  • Experience in peace-keeping or conflict resolution operations;
  • Experience of arms and ammunition storage management;
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming of projects;
  • Experience in development or implementation of projects related to arms and ammunition storage management, confidence and security-building measures, security sector governance;
  • Previous experience from working in International Organization;
  • Previous experience working in former CIS countries; 
  • Working knowledge of the Romanian language.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Programme Manager, the Politico-Military Officer will be responsible for the following:


  1. Implementation of projects in the areas of confidence building, arms control and other areas where CPR is engaged;
  2. Co-ordinating CSBM and broader confidence building activities in the Mission and liaising with other OSCE areas and outside agencies and organizations on Arms Control, CSBM and other confidence building matters;
  3. Contributing to the Mission's reporting covering his/her field of responsibility;
  4. Acting as the adviser on all Arms Control and CSBM matters as well as preparing reports and briefing material on the Mission's activities in these areas;
  5. Promoting and monitoring the implementation of Arms Control and CSBM developed by the Mission in order to assist in creating the conditions necessary for a resolution of the conflict;
  6. Assisting in ensuring transparency of the removal and destruction of Russian ammunition and armaments, including the co-ordination of financial and technical assistance offered to facilitate withdrawal and destruction once the process resumes with OSCE participation;
  7. Assisting in monitoring the situation in the region, including the Security Zone;
  8. Representing the Mission at meetings of the Joint Control Commission, the Body responsible for overseeing the activities of the Joint Peacekeeping Force in close co-ordination with the Mission’s Military Members; 
  9. Representing the Mission at meetings of Joint Expert Working Groups to the Transdniestrian settlement process and other forums;
  10. Representing the Mission at meetings of project stakeholders, implementing partners and other interlocutors;
  11. Acting as Mission Focal Point in areas related to duties and experience;
  12. Drafting talking points, briefing papers and other information materials related to CPR programme activities as required;
  13. Performing other duties as required.


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.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


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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