Monitoring Officers needed for OSCE mission in Ukraine

Stabilisation Unit

October 22
00:00 2014

The Stabilisation Unit, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is looking for applications from qualified individuals for the position of Monitoring Officer within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.

The role is to monitor and report regularly on the security situation in the area, including incidents and human rights, including gender and inter-ethnic relations, and facilitate dialogue on the ground through liaising and building relationships with international organisations, regional and local authorities and members of society.

All posts are secondments to the OSCE. They require formal nomination by the relevant UK authorities, which in this case is the OSCE desk at FCO in London. In order to be sponsored by the FCO, you will require UK citizenship. Please note that these are not Civil Service jobs; if successful, Civil Servants will be expected to take Special Unpaid Leave in order to accept a seconded post.


General Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum six years of relevant professional experience
  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • 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

Specific Skills and Experience Required

  • Demonstrable organisational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activitys mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities

Additionally, this particular post has specific mandatory requirements:

  • Several years of progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment
  • Significant prior experience in any of the following fields: political and security issues, including gender, law enforcement, military, ceasefire and border monitoring, disarmament, demobilization and re-integration, dialogue facilitation, human rights, fundamental freedoms and minority issues
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials
  • Physically and mentally fit to work in arduous and hazardous environment
  • Working knowledge of English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrate conflict sensitivity and apply the principles of Do No Harm
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgment
  • 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
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email

Desirable requirements include:

  • A good understanding of the OSCE or international missons
  • Regional knowledge and experience
  • Excellent working knowledge of English and preferably local language (Ukranian and/or Russian)

Please see the OSCE website for further information and a detailed job description.

Salary, Terms and Conditions

In general the FCO does not pay a salary to UK secondees to the OSCE. However, in view of the importance that we place on the Mission to Ukraine, we are offering a salary of 44,154.40 pro-rata (3,679.53per month). Although this is not a Civil Service post, it has been assessed as equivalent to an SEO grade. Applications are welcome from all Civil Service grades who meet the criteria as set out above.

The FCO will not pay pension or any further allowances and the salary is non-negotiable. All secondees to OSCE Field Missions additionally receive a daily Board and Lodging Allowance when they are in Ukraine. This is currently set at 125 per day. Terms and conditions, including leave, travel, and insurance, are set by the OSCE directly and can be found here. The Stabilisation Unit will also provide short pre-deployment training.

Please note that the FCO also requires successful completion of a UK Government -recognised bespoke hostile environment training course and medical clearance from Interhealth before deployment.

How to apply

All applicants must meet the mandatory requirements to be considered for the role of Monitoring Officer. Please refer to the following guidelines for further advice on completing an application.

Advice on Completing OSCE SMM Applications

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Applications should be made online via the OSCE website.

If you have not previously done so, you will be required to register as a new user. Once you have completed your application and submitted it as per the online instructions, your form will automatically be passed to the OSCE desk in London who will formally nominate UK nationals who apply for OSCE secondments.

The UK will only nominate individuals who possess strong evidence of the above attributes.

This vacancy notice has been previously advertised, with revision to its content. Therefore, candidates who have applied or were nominated for this post, Monitoring Officer (OSCE vacancy number: VNUKRS00171) are still under consideration and will not need to re-apply.


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