Chief of Governance Section, Prishtine / Pristina, Kosovo

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

Country: Kosovo

City: Prishtinë/Pritina, Kosovo

Office: OSCE Prishtine

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Vacancy number: VNKOSS02310

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Democratization

Functional level: Middle management

Duty station: Prishtine / Pristina

Date of issue: 25 January 2021

Deadline for application: 16 February 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

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:


Second-level university degree/certified training course in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Extensive experience in development work with democratic and good governance institutions, with a focus on parliamentary, central and local governance structures in transitional countries or societies; alternatively, extensive domestic practical work experience in central and/or local governance structures at a national, federal state or local level as an elected or appointed senior official;
Extensive experience in programme and project design, project management and supervision;
Demonstrated and progressively responsible management experience;
Strong analytical, organizational and planning skills;
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
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Ability to work creatively and independently;
Strong interpersonal, motivational and communication skills;
Strong drafting and presentation skills;
Demonstrated facilitation and mentoring skills;
Knowledge of the political environment of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, including mandate and structure of the international community present in Kosovo;
Understanding of South East European politics and affairs;
Professional fluency in the English language;
Excellent command to operate windows applications (including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail and internet);
Ability to operate in cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility, with cultural sensitivity and judgement to local conditions and communities.


Previous experience in field missions, preferably in the South East European territory;
Experience in Negotiation/Mediation;
Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca.

Tasks and Responsibilities

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

Responsible for the managing of the Governance Section (GS), comprising a Central Governance Portfolio, a Local Governance Portfolio and an Elections Portfolio, directly supervising a team of approximately 18 staff members; Responsible for the identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating of projects of the Governance Section with its respective portfolios; Ensuring the implementation of the Section‘ s programme and projects in accordance with departmental and Mission strategies, OSCE rules and regulations, and provides input to the Department’s senior management on the design of the Section‘ s programme and projects, including budget supervision; Overseeing and ensuring quality implementation of programmes and projects; Advising on departmental policies aimed at enhancing the functioning of democratic institutions at central and local level; Providing analysis and expertise on central and local level institutional development,including with reference to Electoral Management Bodies, as required; Co-ordinating the work of and liaises with relevant international agencies working with relevant Kosovo institutions such as Prime Minister Office, Assembly of Kosovo, Ministry of Local Government Administration, Independent Institutions, Electoral Management Bodies, and Municipalities; Performing any other duties as required.

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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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.