Senior Politico-Military Officer, Nur-Sultan

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

Country: Kazakhstan

City: Nur-Sultan

Office: OSCE Astana

Closing date: Monday, 18 October 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:

Second-level university degree in international studies, diplomacy, military or police affairs, political science or law, public policy or public administration, or related fields; 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

Significant experience in politico-military relations with international organizations or governments

Ability to compile and analyze information of a politico-military nature

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of resp onsibility requires the following: Education: Second-level university degree in a relevant field; 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

Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements: Mandatory:

Significant working experience in one of the following fields: security sector governance and reform (SSG/R), cybersecurity and/or countering cybercrime, border management, police reform, countering terrorism and/or violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT);
Relevant experience in the areas of political dialogue with government, political parties, and civil society;
Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication, team working and interpersonal skills;
Experience in negotiating, communicating and liaising with government officials and institutions, incl. military authorities and/or law enforcement agencies, as well as political institutions;
Previous significant experience in analyzing, reporting and communicating on politico-military developments;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender sensitivity;
Ability to work independently or under minimum supervision;
Advanced ability to operate windows applications, incl. Microsoft Office, Internet and email

Experience of working in a programmatic/strategic planning role using a results-based management approach;
Thorough understanding of multi-disciplinary issues in international co-operation and development;
Professional fluency in English and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely, working knowledge of Russian language;
Confident/demonstrated communication and analytical skills;
Demonstrated knowledge and willingness to manage, coach and work with a team of people;
Cultural sensitivity and judgment; Flexibility and ability to work under time pressure in a deadline-driven environment;
Experience developing and managing budgets for multiple events;
Proven experience in project management (planning, designing, budgeting, management, evaluation);
Staff management experience and team-building ability;

Experience of working in Central Asia and/or knowledge of the region’s political history

Working knowledge of Kazakh language would be an advantage;
Working experience in field missions

Tasks and Responsibilities

The OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan promotes the implementation of OSCE principles and commitments. With particular emphasis on the regional context, it assists Kazakhstan in addressing challenges and threats to security, supports conflict prevention and crisis management measures. As such, it works in areas such as border management, police reform and cyber-security, counter-terrorism, security-sector governance and reform (SSG/R) and prevention of violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism (VERLT). Further, it promotes political dialogue of legislative and executive bodies of Kazakhstan with civil society, including within the context of the presidential reform agenda.

The Politico-Military Department is one of three programmatic departments in the Programme Office with a total staff of twenty-eight mission members.

Under the general direction and supervision of the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan (HoO) and direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Office (DHoO), the incumbent in this middle management role will provide support and advice to the Head of Office on all major politico-military issues. Specifically, the Senior Politico-Military Officer performs the following duties: 1. Managing the Politico-Military dimension (PMD) and providing direction to activities in accordance with the mandate of the POiN;
2. Informing senior management of political priorities, identifying priority projects and important cross-departmental issues, participating in and contributing to planning initiatives of the Office;
3. Developing, proposing or implementing strategies, concepts and approaches to meet new challenges, preparing detailed proposals on programmatic issues related to the priorities of the Office;
4. Compiling, preparing and submitting the Office regular/annual/monthly/periodic reports to the OSCE Secretariat and institutions, on request and approval by senior management.

5. Preparing and disseminating information about the OSCE and its activities to local and international media, including OSCE press releases and news items, on request and approval by senior management;
6. Co-ordinating co-operation and work on major politico-military issues with national parliament, government, regional and local authorities, non-governmental organizations, political parties/entities, communities, universities and research institutions, media and international stakeholders; participating in inter-agency meetings and advising on political and security issues of common concern;
7. Co-ordinating and monitoring the development and implementation of politico-military activities and projects related to Office priorities as defined by HoO;
8. Supervising and analyzing reports in the field of political and military/security developments;
9. Assisting in arranging OSCE regional events, among other things, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation; liaises with the other OSCE field operations in the region.

10. Coaching and supervising the PMD team of national staff;
11. Contributing to written output, e.g., speeches and talking points (for the HoO), analytical notes, reports and input to reports on substantive aspects of the work of the Programme,

12. Monitoring the budget of projects being implemented and liaises with all relevant counterparts, to ensure timely and accurate payment of expenditures;
13. Identifying and proposing areas for potential programmatic activity; preparing project proposals including budget formulation; implementing approved projects and activities; proposing corrective action to any problems and issues that arise;
14. Co-ordinating and preparing the Programme’s Unified Budget proposal established on a performance-based programme budgeting approach;
15. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan, 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:

Additional Information

Requisition ID: POL00003E

Contract Type: International Secondment

Grade: S3

Location: OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan, Nur-Sultan

Posting Date: Sep 9, 2021

External Closing Date: Oct 18, 2021

Target Start Date: Jan 16, 2022

Job Type: Seconded

Job Level: Professional

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

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