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Monitoring Officer, Kyiw, Ukraine

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Issued by: OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Vacancy number: VNSMUS00509

Field of expertise: General Staff / Monitoring Functions

Functional level

Senior professional

Number of posts: 50

Duty station: Ukraine

Date of entry on duty: As soon as possible

Date of issue: 2 March 2017

Deadline for application : Open until filled


The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was deployed on 21 March 2014, following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s government and a consensus decision by all 57 OSCE participating States. The SMM is a civilian mission, present on the ground in all regions of Ukraine. Its main tasks are to monitor and report in an impartial and objective way on the situation in Ukraine; and to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the crisis.

The Mission is mandated to contribute to reducing tensions and to help foster peace, stability and security, and to support the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments. The Mission engages with authorities at all levels, as well as civil society, ethnic and religious groups and local communities to facilitate dialogue on the ground. The Mission gathers information and reports on the security situation, establishes and report facts in response to specific incidents, including those concerning alleged violations of fundamental OSCE principles.

Monitoring may involve passive observation, reporting of significant development or a more proactive approach. Monitors need to have a clear understanding of the institutional relationships, both within SMM and with its main partners and interlocutors. They need to have capacity to take prompt, appropriate action in response to observed events and ability to translate such events into concise and accurate oral and written reports. They also need to be aware of the political sensitivities as well as of the effects that the conflict has on civilian population.

For additional information about the mission, please see: http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm

Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2017, with a possibility of extension, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Team/Patrol Hub Leader and direct supervision of the Deputy Team/Patrol Hub Leader, the Monitoring Officer performs the following specific responsibilities:

As part of a patrol team, gathers information and reports regularly on the security situation in the area of operation, establishes and reports the facts of specific, security incidents and reports of incidents, monitors and reports on human rights and fundamental freedoms, and overall inter-ethnic relations; in accordance with established patrol plans and other operational taskings as issued within the assigned area of responsibility;
Maintains constructive contact, inter alia, with regional and local authorities, representatives of minority and religious groups, civil society and members of the local population;
Co-operates with other international organizations operating in the respective area of deployment;
When necessary and appropriate, serves as an intermediary/mediator to facilitate dialogue on the ground in order to reduce tensions and promote normalization of the respective situation;
Contributes to the effective functioning of the team/s to which they are assigned by maintaining a high level of professionalism, working within required timelines and displaying judgement, communications skills and flexibility required to operate in a potentially hazardous working environment;
Contributes to analytical work of the Team in his/her identified fields of expertise;
Strictly adheres to the OSCE Code of Conduct and the wider organizational regulatory framework at all times;
Performs other duties as assigned.

Necessary qualifications

Education: A first-level university degree in political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another related field; police/military academy or similar and additional education/courses in a relevant field;
Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience in international environment in any of the following fields: political and security issues, dialogue facilitation, human rights, fundamental freedoms and minority issues, law enforcement, police and military observations and arms control, or communications.

Experience and ability to cope with physical hardship and volatile security and high stress environments; willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure;
Excellent communication and report-writing skills; demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, different professional experiences, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;

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