Security Officer, Ukraine

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

Country: Ukraine

City: Kyiv, Ukraine

Office: OSCE in Kyiv, Ukraine

Closing date: Thursday, 27 May 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.

Issued by

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Vacancy number VNSMUS01191 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Security Functional level Senior professional Grade S2 Number of posts 4 Duty station Ukraine Date of issue 1 April 2021 Deadline for application 27 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:

Ability to identify and analyse emerging security problems and propose solutions

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in a field related to security and safety matters or evidence of specialised training or proven experience in law enforcement, security and safety matters in a civilian or military environment


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


A minimum of six years of professional experience in security management or international relations with focus on security management;
Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background in military, police or security specialization;
Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in conflict environment;
Substantial knowledge of the political-military history and recent developments in the Mission area;
Professional fluency in the English language;
Good organizational and management skills;
Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes as well as the ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently;
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;
Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email.


Professional fluency in the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
Prior experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Possession of a valid automobile Class C driving license and ability to drive a 4x4 vehicle using manual transmission.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently, female professionals are underrepresented in Safety and Security Unit. Qualified female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Chief of Mission Security, as Security Officer, you will be responsible for the following:

Assisting the senior management in the execution of responsibilities with regard to the security of Mission staff and property;Maintaining and updating security plans, contingency plans and procedures to cover movement control for the monitoring teams as well as security listings of Mission staff; ensuring that plans for relocation and evacuation to safe havens are current and implementable;Analysing security-related information and conducting Security Risk assessments of the respective area of responsibility with the purpose of determining the security-related threats and risks to the Mission personnel and property; suggesting mitigating measures when necessary;Conducting regular appropriate exercises (such as fire and evacuation drills, communication tests) to ensure staff preparedness for eventual emergencies;Conducting security surveys of residents and Mission premises, putting in place appropriate arrangements to secure them; and ensuring good state of repair of all security and communication equipment in close co-operation with ICT services;Selecting, training, and supervising security guards, as applicable;Ensuring that Mission members are kept informed on matters affecting their security and that appropriate arrangements are made for briefing of newly hired staff;Establishing and maintaining close relations on security issues with other international partners present in the area of operation; developing good contacts with the national law enforcement agencies with a view to obtaining the best possible protection for Mission staff and property;Reporting on all cases in which Mission staff have been the victim of criminal acts and initiating follow up action;Ensuring that appropriate level of confidentiality is maintained with regard to security matters;Performing other tasks as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 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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