Programme Manager, Podgorica, Montenegro

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

Country: Montenegro

City: Podgorica

Office: OSCE Podgorica, Montenegro

Closing date: Monday, 19 July 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 Mission to Montenegro

Vacancy number VNMNGS00213 Vacancy type International Seconded Field of expertise Democratization Functional level Senior professional Grade S2 Number of posts 1 Duty station Podgorica Date of issue 30 April 2021 Deadline for application 19 July 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:

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 management, 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:


Knowledge of good governance principles

Experience in project management

Management experience and team-building ability

International field work experience in monitoring, reporting and policy-making

Tags democratization information exchange international relations political science project management public administration public speaking

Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in managing a team

Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with persons of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity

Cultural sensitivity and judgment

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

Professional fluency in English language, both oral and written

Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames

Ability to operate Windows applications, including Word processing and e-mail.


Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area

Knowledge of the regional political situation and legal system of the mission area

Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments

Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Democratization Programme focuses its work on core elements of democratic society, which includes strengthening good governance standards at national and local levels, strengthening the civil society sector and is active on the issue of youth and gender equality including greater representation of women.

The Programme includes component on promotion and protection of environmental security. Under the general direction of the Head of Mission (HoM) and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission, the Programme Manager performs the following tasks:

Managing the Democratization Programme, including annual strategic planning and budgeting, programming and evaluation and administration, as well as leading and overseeing the work of the Democratization Programme staff;Liaising with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations active in sectors relevant to the Democratization Programme to gather information and ensuring appropriate field level co-operation;Maintaining appropriate liaison with other departments ensuring that internal communication and information exchange are facilitated;Providing timely and accurate advice to the HoM, DHoM/Programme Co-ordinator and relevant Mission Members on all aspects relevant to the implementation and future planning of the Programme;Providing expertise and information on the planning and project presentation issues to help maximize funding and support from the international community;Preparing speeches, policy papers and briefing materials;Participating in meetings of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations active in the field of promoting democracy, as well as seminars, colloquia and workshops as required;Carrying out public speaking engagements when required;Supervising 5 national staff;Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, 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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