Senior Democratization Officer, Skopje, North Macedonia

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

Closing date: Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Skopje

Vacancy number: VNSKPS00595

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Democratization

Functional level: Senior professional

Grade: S2

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Skopje

Date of issue: 11 February 2021

Deadline for application: 2 March 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Date of entry on duty: 3 May 2021

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 political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience

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 a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Sound organizational skills, pro-activity, creativity and resourcefulness to generate complex policy interventions involving different governmental and political stakeholders

Extensive work experience in the field of democratization, with track record on community rights, integrated education, social cohesion and institution building

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Sound knowledge of the political environment in the host country, the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) and social and political dynamics connected with it

Excellent communication and networking skills and proven ability to build constructive relations and coordinate cooperation with external interlocutors including Government institutions, civil society organizations, donors and other international organization

Ability to identify priorities for the Missions work in key areas of democratization and inter-community relations and analyze complex issues, identify key aspects and present them in a clear and understandable manner

High degree of initiative and strong result-oriented work-style

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

Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and prioritize within limited time frames

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

Ability to operate windows applications including word processing and email


Knowledge of at least one of the local languages or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of Democratization Unit, the Senior Democratization Officer is responsible for:

Assisting in the planning and implementation of the Democratization Unit programmatic activities; Compiling, updating, briefing and following-up on developments in the democratization field, identifying trends and providing resources in terms of internationally recognised best practices; Providing relevant analysis, background papers, researches and policy advice for internal and external use in response to the identified needs of the Unit and mandate-mainstreaming; Drafting speeches, talking points, status reports and various routine and ad hoc documents in her/his area of responsibility; Liaising and maintaining good relations with the relevant interlocutors, government officials at local and central level, international organizations, civil society organizations and relevant national agencies; Performing other duties as assigned.

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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 country 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 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: //">https: //