National Security Co-operation Officer, Podgorica

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

Country: Montenegro

City: Podgorica

Office: OSCE Podgorica, Montenegro

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022


OSCE Mission to Montenegro is seeking for highly qualified, motivated and experienced candidates for the local position of National Security Co-Operation Officer (NP1) to support the Security Co-operation and Governance Programme. Following the Mission’s strategic goal for streamlining and focusing its work in order to achieve a more effective and efficient use of the financial and human resources available, in line with the host country’s needs and strategic priorities the Security Co-operation Programme will expand its assistance into mentoring, advising and coaching role in several programmatic areas of the police reform: Strategic Management and Planning and Police Accountability and Transparency.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Security Co-operation Programme Manager, the incumbent is responsible for (a) Security co-operation programme: projects planning, development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation in the areas of Strategic Management and Planning and Accountability and Transparency; (b) Advising on gender mainstreaming and gender equality in the respective areas of work; (c) Conducting administrative needs and activities (c) Liaise with designated national counterparts and project beneficiaries.

The incumbent carries out the following programmatic duties:

Develops, implements, and monitors Security Co-operation Programme’s projects in the areas of Policing; Accountability and Internal Affairs and Strategic Planning and Management. Identifies and promotes regional scale projects to Programme Manager and national partners;
Analyses, screens, reviews and amends Security Co-operation Programme’s project ideas including budget breakdown proposals. Monitors the project status implementation in regard to budget, human resources and administration, and provides timely information reopen, project implementation and co-ordinates with programme managers to ensure that project deadlines are met;
Runs background research, using a variety of information sources on different aspects of police reform. Based on the research conducted, advise the Programme Manager on development of project proposals; ensures that projects are relevant, consistent and complete and in line with overall objectives and agreed Mission priorities, unified budget and applicable project development regulations;
Liaises with the Mission Programme Co-ordination and Fund Administration Unit on project activities, project proposals, acceptance of pledges, management of projects and reporting on their implementation;
Interfaces with senior and mid-level Government officials (listed under 6.2.) international and non-governmental organisations, OSCE Secretariat’s Department for Addressing Transnational Threats, OSCE Field Missions in the region, Police consultants and experts for the purpose of the project development and implementation;
Drafts Working Agreements with implementing partners and Memoranda of Understanding with the Ministry of lnterior;
Advises the Programme Manager on the project financial and budgetary issues and on determining forecast expenditures;
Provide support to the Programme Manager in the preparation of the Unified budget Proposal (UBP) and Programme Budget Performance Report (PBPR).

Oversees the implementation of extra-budgetary project, as requested;
Acts as alternate acting Programme Manager in her/his absence.

Assists with implementation in other projects as needed;
Serves as the Programme’s focal point for relevant fields of expertise;
Serves as the Section focal point for the project facilitation and information exchange to the national partners and project beneficiaries;
Facilitates police experts meetings, conferences, specialised police trainings, roundtables, workshops and seminars;
Drafts and /or reviews terms of reference for externally employed staff;
Briefs and guides the Programme’s staff on policies and procedures, develops programmes institutional knowledge of procedures and practices;
Works in OSCE Integrated Resources Management Administration system (IRM A);
Identifies and recommends Implementing Partners and beneficiaries of the projects. Drafts Implementing Agency Agreements;
Provides notes to the file, summaries of the meetings and background information on topics within incumbent’s areas of knowledge at request of supervisor;
Maintains Department ‚ s library and calendar of the Programme;.

Provides technical assistance for the recruitment of the Section’s staff;
Assists senior staff when interfacing with local interlocutors, government officials, NGOs and other counterparts in domestic and international organisations to ensure effective communication;
Prepares periodic Analyses and Reports relating to Police Reform in general; provides inputs for the Mission’s Monthly Activity Report;
Drafts, screens and /or reviews interim and final narrative reports on project implementation and reviews financial expenditure reports;
Drafts and maintains official correspondence in both English and the local language, and compiles summaries of meetings and project activities;
Runs periodic evaluation of the Programme’s progress

Performs other duties required.

Necessary Qualifications:

First-level University degree in social science, management or similar. Professional training in: Leadership and Management; Project Cycle Management; Negotiation and Diplomacy, Presentation Skills, Strategic Planning and Management, Crises Situation Management, and specific training in some of the policing areas would be an asset;
Minimum eight years of relevant professional experience in the police reform programme areas in Montenegro;
Minimum three years of general administration experience;
Substantial experience in project development and management, of which at least five years in an international organisation;
Demonstrated analytical, organisational, planning and problem-solving skills;
Professional drafting, writing and summarising skills;
Flexibility to handle multiple priorities and diverse personalities;
Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point or equivalent;
Previous work with the OSCE and knowledge of the OSCE or equivalent administrative regulations, policies and practices would be an asset;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and local language.

Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks;
Holding valid driving licence.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions, is EUR 1,810.00. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale. At the discretion of the appointing authority a higher step may be approved up to a maximum of step 3 subject to specific conditions.

How to Apply:

This position is open to citizens and permanent residents of Montenegro only.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

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

Please note that for this position the OSCE does not reimburse expenses such as travel in connection with interviews, tests, visas and relocation.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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Additional Information

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Montenegro

Requisition ID: SEC00000S

Contract Type: Local Contracted

Grade: NP1

Job Level: National Professional

Job Type: Contracted

Number of posts: 1

Location: OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Podgorica

Posting Date: Mar 16, 2022

Closing Date: Apr 26, 2022

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)

Job Field: Civilian Police

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