Senior Political Officer, Chisinau, Moldova

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

Country: Moldova

City: Chisinau, Moldova

Office: OSCE Mission to Moldova

Closing date: Monday, 26 April 2021

The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the institutions.

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OSCE Mission to Moldova

Vacancy number VNMOLS00245 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Political Affairs Functional level Middle management Grade S3 Number of posts 1 Duty station Chisinau Date of issue 15 March 2021 Deadline for application 26 April 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:

Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments

Experience in preparing analytical reports

Excellent communication and drafting skills

Knowledge of regional political history and developments

Diplomatic and negotiating skills

Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related field(s); a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree; certified training course in a relevant field desirable


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 political analysis and reporting;
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Experience in liaising with governmental and non-governmental organizations;
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and demonstrated track record of co-ordinating and motivating teams;
Professional fluency in the English language and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely;
Working knowledge of the Russian language, including the ability to conduct substantive business;
Cultural sensitivity and sound judgement;
Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
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 operate windows applications, including word processing and emails.


Working knowledge of the Romanian language;
Experience in working in the region and knowledge of the historical and current political situation in the Mission area;
Strong mediation and negotiation skills;
Experience working in an international organization, diplomacy or with public affairs.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Mission Leadership, as Senior Political Officer, you will take lead responsibility for the following tasks in support of the Mission’s mandate and will be responsible for the following:

Acting as senior advisor to the Head of Mission on political issues and in particular the Transdniestrian Settlement process;Acting as a deputy for the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Programme Manager;Maintaining a broad array of contacts and providing political advice on developments in Moldova, on both the left and the right bank;Co-ordinating the work of the Mission’s Political Office;Participating in and facilitating negotiations between the sides in all different formats of the Transdniestrian settlement process;Acting as liaison for the Mission with political and public officials and non-governmental representatives throughout Moldova on all mandate issues;Supervising the work of three staff;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.

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:

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