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Mission Security Officer (S2)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Skopje
  • Grade: Mid level - S-2, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-27

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 a field related to security and safety matters or evidence of specialised training or proven experience in law enforcement, security and safety matters in a civilian or military environment; 
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging security problems and propose solutions.


Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:



First-level university degree in a relevant field.



Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience.


Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Strong management skills and experience supervising staff in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes as well as the ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently; 
  • 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 judgment; 
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities; 
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written; 
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.



  • Previous experience in South East Europe;
  • Previous experience working in post conflict environment;
  • Knowledge of a local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direction of the Head/Deputy Head of Mission, the incumbent is responsible for the overall security management in the Mission by identifying and promoting best practices, more specifically:

  1. Advising and assisting the Head/Deputy Head of Mission on all aspects of security management, crisis readiness and preparedness; 
  2. Preparing, developing, maintaining and regularly reviewing all categories of security risk assessment (SRA), security plans, physical security surveys and other security management documents for the designated area of responsibility;
  3. Identifying and monitoring trends of security incidents affecting OSCE personnel; conducting security surveys of staff residences and Mission premises, recommending appropriate arrangements to secure them adequately;
  4. Initiating, conducting and monitoring the security risk management (SRM) process and other relevant requirements of OSCE security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of OSCE programmes particularly in crises situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of OSCE premises and assets;
  5. Developing, maintaining and monitoring implementation of safety and security policies, SOPs, effective emergency plans for evacuation or relocation and other plans; ensuring the implementation of the approved security measures;
  6. Leading and directing security operations; assisting in the response to crisis events and security incidents; providing security assistance to visiting OSCE Officials;
  7. Serving as member of the Mission Crisis Management Committee, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of OSCE programme activities;
  8. Conducting regular exercises to ensure the Mission is prepared for an emergency or critical incident (such as fire drills, communication tests, evacuation, earthquake etc.);
  9. Ensuring good state of repair of all security and communication equipment in close co-operation with ICT;
  10. Managing all aspects of the functioning of the Mission's Security Unit, including participating in the selection, training and supervision of unit staff; ensuring that established practices and procedures are duly followed by unit staff;
  11. Establishing an effective and functioning security and emergency communications system; ensuring that Mission Members are kept informed on matters affecting their security and that appropriate arrangements are made for briefing of newly hired staff;
  12. Maintaining communication and liaising with host country authorities and agencies as well as with other international organizations in the area of operations. Liaising with other OSCE Security Officials, where appropriate;
  13. Informing the Head of Mission and reporting to the Head of Security Management all significant security incidents in a timely manner and providing annual statistics on such security incidents while ensuring that the appropriate level of confidentiality is maintained; 
  14. Performing other tasks as assigned.

For more detailed information on the work of OSCE Mission to Skopje, 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 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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