Head of Field Office 07.05.2018

  • Added Date: Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 07 May 2018

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OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Seconded
Political Affairs
Middle management
4 April 2018
7 May 2018 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET)
1 July 2018
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, public policy, political science or law or related fields
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second level university degree/certified training course in a relevant field desirable


Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Thorough understanding of the work of the Human Dimension Department (HDD) and the strategic and local issues related to human rights, education, rule of law and democratic governance;
  • Thorough knowledge of political structures and current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills with proven capacity to formulate complex issues in simple terms;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member and with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks and process large amounts of information;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language is an advantage;
  • Previous experience of working with an international organization is an advantage.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Human Dimension Department, the Head of Office will be responsible, in conjunction with Human Dimension Department (HDD) Project Managers, for the co-ordination of the Human Dimension Programme activities in his/her area of responsibility (AoR). The Head of Field Office will also ensure coordination between the political and programmatic aspects of the Mission’s work. The incumbent is responsible for providing timely and accurate advice to Head Office on these issues.

Specific duties include:

  1. Ensuring that the Department’s resources are used effectively and efficiently to achieve the Human Dimension Programme objectives, providing co-ordination between the political and programmatic aspects of the Mission’s work in the Field Office;
  2. In co-operation with supervisor and HDD Project Managers, supporting programme implementation through provision of mentoring and advising on programme policy and implementation and intervening directly with local counterparts where necessary;
  3. Liaising with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations active in sectors relevant to the Human Dimension Programme in the AoR to gather information and ensure appropriate field level co-ordination;
  4. Acquainting him/herself with local political and social conditions and proactively seeking information, which might have an impact on the current implementation and future development of the Human Dimension Programme in his/her AoR, and advising the Head Office accordingly;
  5. Providing timely and accurate advice to the Head Office and the field on all aspects relevant to the implementation and future planning of the programme, including first-level evaluation of programmatic activities taking place in the AoR;
  6. Ensuring that there is effective communication between the Field Office and Head Office by bringing problems and issues to the attention of relevant Head Office staff in a timely manner; and ensuring that progress in achieving the programme’s objectives is reported accurately, and that instructions and requests from Head Office to the field are understood and actioned;
  7. Informing the HDD Project Managers about programmatic issues, ensuring that programmatic activities are consistent with political objectives and that political obstacles to programme implementation are brought to the attention of the Head Office;
  8. Carrying out the administrative duties of the Head of Office;
  9. Ensuring that all Office staff work in compliance with the OSCE regulatory framework whilst maintaining a harmonious, productive and professional working environment;
  10. Attending security briefings on behalf of the Office organized by EUFOR LOTs, local police and other relevant organizations and informing all Office staff of the current security situation, as appropriate;
  11. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see: https://www.osce.org/mission-to-bosnia-and-herzegovina


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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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