Head of Democratization, Belgrade, Serbia

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

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade, Serbia

Office: OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Closing date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Vacancy number: VNSRMS00674

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Democratization

Functional level: Senior management

Grade: S4

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Belgrade

Date of issue: 21 April 2021

Deadline for application: 18 May 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:

Second-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:


Second-level university degree/certified training course in relevant field. Second-level university degree in a management discipline an asset


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position. 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.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


Experience in the field of public administration, good governance, human rights, civil society development and/or minority protection in an international environment or a field mission;
Senior strategic management experience in the field of democratization;
Proven relevant experience in reform processes and capacity building of democratic institutions at the national or international level, preferably in post-conflict and multi-ethnic contexts;
Operational experience in programme and personnel management, including of professional staff, as well as in administration and budget procedures;
Experience in policy formulation, project/programme management, co-operation and co-ordination with donors and implementing agencies;
Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written;
Good drafting skills and the ability to tailor reports and presentations to the needs of specific audience;
Ability to operate windows applications including word processing and email;
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;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames.


Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Serbia and South-Eastern Europe;
Knowledge of OSCE structures, institutions and field activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), and in accordance with the mandate of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the Head of Democratization is responsible for the management of the Mission’s democratization programme in relation to policy formulation, strategic development, planning and reporting. Specifically, the Head of Democratization is responsible for:

Managing the Mission’s Democratization Department, including its constituent units (Human Rights and Non-Discrimination, Democratic Governance and National Minorities) in relation to all aspects of management, programming, staffing and administration; Leading the development, implementation and evaluation of relevant strategies, policies and methodologies, overseeing annual and strategic planning, including all budgetary and extra-budgetary programmes and projects; Providing advice and assistance to relevant ministries and other institutions and ensuring a sustainable approach to the police reform process; Representing the HoM and DHoM in contacts with senior government officials, representatives of international organizations, diplomatic community and civil society on all matters falling under the competencies of the Department; Reviewing the Department’s capacity, recommending appropriate modifications to achieve sustainable democratic processes, and adjusting/streamlining the Department’s priorities, activities and staffing accordingly; Identifying risks in all areas falling under the Department’s competencies and developing mitigating measures and early warning mechanisms; Overseeing and managing the reporting, publications and public outreach initiatives; Supervising the chiefs of units and acts as the second-level supervisor for other staff in the Department; Representing the Department, delivering speeches, attending conferences and giving presentations; Liaising with the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions specialized offices/units on all matters of relevance for the Department; Supervising 3 international and 19 national mission members as their first- or second-level supervisor; Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, please see //www.osce.org/mission-to-serbia">www.osce.org/mission-to-serbia.

The OSCE retains the discretion to cancel the recruitment, to re-advertise the vacancy, to offer an assignment at a lower level or to offer an assignment with modified tasks and responsibilities or for 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 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 //jobs.osce.org/resources/document/ourcompetencymodel">

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. 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: //www.osce.org/contacts/delegations">

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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1619022297975