Senior Political Analyst 04.05.2018

  • Added Date: Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 04 May 2018

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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
International Seconded
Political Affairs
Middle management
12 April 2018
4 May 2018 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET)
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:

  • University education 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 in relevant field(s); certified training course in relevant field(s) 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:


  • Minimum of six years of professional experience in international relations, within either international organizations, political parties, legislatures or academia/think-tanks;
  • Professional experience in related field(s), preferably in an international environment or within operational missions;
  • Significant prior experience in relevant fields, such as political, security and ceasefire-related issues;
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to analyse and communicate clearly and concisely and to produce analytical reports;
  • 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;
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Experience with the OSCE and/or other international organizations;
  • working knowledge of the Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Developed mediation skills.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Initial duration of assignment for this post is for a period of 12 months, with a possibility of extension, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Reporting and Political Analysis Unit, and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Reporting and Political Analysis Unit, the Senior Political Analyst will provide policy advice on the implementation of the Mission's mandate and on follow-up of political issues in general, and those related to ceasefire mediation and management in particular. More specifically, she/he will be responsible for:

  1. Following and analysing political developments in the Mission area with a view to providing the Head and Deputy Head of Unit and, through them, the Chief Monitor and other senior management, with respective advice and support;
  2. Reviewing and contributing to speeches, statements, talking points, regular and other reports, policy documents and correspondence, ensuring that material submitted for clearance is consistent with the Mission's mandate and political objectives;
  3. Establishing and maintaining contact with local, regional and national authorities, and civil society organizations;
  4. Co-operating with representatives of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and other actors of the international community, including the Trilateral Contact Group and the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination;
  5. Reviewing and contributing to operational instructions and liaising with the Operations Unit to help ensure Monitoring Teams receive feedback and guidance on aspects of mandate implementation;
  6. Attending and reporting on meetings as requested;
  7. Co-ordinating the work of Political Analysts and Trend Analysts;
  8. Acting as Deputy Head of Unit in her/his absence;
  9. Performing other duties and assignments as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 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, 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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