National Programme Officer, Skopje, North Macedonia

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Closing date: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Skopje

Vacancy number: VNSKPN00583

Vacancy type: Local Contracted

Grade: NP1

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Skopje

Date of issue: 29 October 2020

Deadline for application: 19 November 2020 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


OSCE Missions and Field Activities are the front line of OSCE work in countries that require assistance and are the agent through which political decisions are translated into action. The OSCE Mission to Skopje is the Organization’s longest-serving field mission. Based on the mandated priorities for the Mission, the Mission’s current activities are grouped in four main strategic areas: Inter-ethnic relations, including early warning; Rule of Law, Democratic Governance; and Transnational Threats.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Democratization Unit, within the scope of the Human Dimension Department/Democratization Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of the Communities portfolio within HDD’s projects and other interventions within the respective Unit.

More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Exploring opportunities for the Unit’s programmatic activities, including needs assessment for project development, in the area of community rights; Conducting meetings with central and local government officials to present the programme objectives and activities, gauging interest, establishing/evaluating cooperation and identifying, developing and implementing concrete cooperative activities; Promoting democratization through on-site advice and assistance to central and local government officials in order to help them to incorporate good governance practices into their day-to-day operations; Providing advice, preparing and/or delivering capacity building efforts and training to relevant stakeholders; Contributing to design of project documents, conducting and evaluating activities, ensuring timely administrative, operational and financial management of the projects; Day-to-day monitoring media sources for news related to the portfolio, following-up on relevant laws, monitoring the activities and policies of the government and international community related to community rights, including their assistance programmes and trainings; Reporting on policy developments, drafting internal briefing materials and other relevant documents; Performing other duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

The candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of North Macedonia

University degree in Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, international relations, international human rights law, development and democratisation or other fields in humanities and Social Sciences

Minimum two (2) years‘ experience in democratization at national level or in an international organization or national or international non-governmental organization with practical experience in conducting and managing training activities in the country

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Demonstrated experience in drafting project proposals, analytical reports, research and project outlines. Demonstrated experience in Project Management

Professional knowledge of the English and Macedonian language. Working or higher knowledge of another language of the country is desirable

Computer literate with practical experience with Windows applications

Ability to work with people of different nationalities, ethnicities, religions and cultural backgrounds

Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities

Holding a valid driving license

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions, is approximately EUR 1,915.00.

Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance and the OSCE Provident Fund.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale. At the discretion of the appointing authority a higher step may be approved up to a maximum of step 3 subject to specific conditions.

How To Apply

All candidates must apply online, using the OSCE online application link, found under //‘>https: //

Applications received by e-mail, submitted after the deadline or in other languages than the English language will not be considered.

The recruitment procedure may take up to two months and we will be in further contact with you only if you are short-listed. The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer the position with modified terms of reference or a different duration.

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 be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process