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Regional Security Officer

Luhansk (Ukraine)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Luhansk (Ukraine)
  • Grade: P-3, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-19

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The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.


The objective of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is to contribute, throughout the country and in co-operation with the concerned OSCE executive structures and relevant actors of the international community, to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security; and to monitoring and supporting the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments.


The Mission is composed of about 1500 mission members, from more than 40 participating States and has a budget over EUR 100 million.


The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently, female professionals are underrepresented within the OSCE SMM Safety and Security Unit (SSU). We encourage qualified applicants, especially women to apply for this job.


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 non-family duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. 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.


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

Tasks and Responsibilities    

As Regional Security Officer, you will maintain the security management system in one of the assigned hazardous region of Luhansk. Under the guidance and direction of the Chief of Mission Security, you will be responsible for advising on all aspects of security for your respective offices and operations, and for managing operational aspects of security. You will ensure that appropriate security measures are implemented and will manage security issues on a day-to-day basis.


During critical incidents at a respective location and/or area of operation, you will maintain contact with the Chief of Mission Security and/or Deputy Chief of Mission Security in order to keep her/him informed about the developments. You are directly responsible for liaising and maintaining permanent contacts with local police authorities as well as providers of security services, including de facto authorities in non-governmental controlled areas. You will receive analyses and evaluate a broad spectrum of security-related information, and draft and maintain security related guidance documents.


As Regional Security Officer, you will be responsible for the entire region of responsibility that is covered by an SMM Monitoring Team (MT), which includes around 450 staff (planned to increase), 8-10 permanent bases (including the Hub locations and the Subordinated Forward Patrol Bases (FPB), permanent Disengagement Areas (DA), permanent Entry and Exit Crossing Points (EECP), take-off and landing sites for the SMM Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV), and CCTV camera sites.


More specifically, as Regional Security Officer, you will be responsible for the following:


  1. Leading and managing the security system in the assigned area of responsibility (AoR) which includes ensuring the conduct of permanent assessment of the security situation in the active armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine;
  2. Gathering security threat information and conducting proper analyses; timely conducting of the Security Risk Assessments (SRA) in the region in order to identify the existing threats and risks to SMM staff on the ground;
  3. Recommending on proper risk mitigation measures to the Team Leader; ensuring that SMM security policies, plans, and procedures are strictly followed by all staff members, and ensuring proper response in emergency situations;
  4. Providing advice and recommendations to the Monitoring Team Leader on all aspects of safety and security; providing timely and effective support on issues that may have an impact on MT safety and security;
  5. Developing regional specific security plans, procedures, and instructions and ensuring that they are firmly implemented in the entire region under responsibility, based on the Chief of Mission Security guidance and Mission security polices;
  6. Submitting timely security reports to the Chief of Mission Security and ensuring that security upgrades and enhancements in the respective AoR are implemented;
  7. Ensuring preparations for emergency situations and incident response are up to date in all permanent bases of the assigned region;
  8. Participating in inter-agency security network at the regional level, co-operating with representatives of other international organizations and NGOs in the AoR in dealing with common security issues;
  9. Liaising with relevant host government security services as well as de facto security providers in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian Government in order to gain support for security provision to the SMM personnel in the respective regional AoR;
  10. Collaborating closely with the regional Operations and other functional sections at the Monitoring Team level in order to ensure that all operations and activities in the region are conducted in a safe way;
  11. Performing other related duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications    
  • Citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding the citizenship of Ukraine;
  • First-level university degree in security studies, risk, disaster or emergency management, social/political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law or related field;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in security or risk management, in a government, police, military, public or private sector context including at least two years at international level;
  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in conflict environment;
  • Professional fluency in English, as well as Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission;
  • Possession of a valid automobile Class 'C' driving license and ability to drive a 4x4 vehicle using manual transmission is desirable;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and email.
Required competencies    
    Core values
  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Core competencies
  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration Package    

Monthly remuneration subject to social security deductions is about USD 5,176 to which is added Board and Lodging Allowance (currently EUR 125 per day subject to change without prior notice). Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.


Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply    

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 applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.


Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see


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.


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.


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

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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