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Deputy Patrol Hub Leader

Ukraine (Ukraine)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • Grade: S-3, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-26

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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:

  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations
  • Depending on the field activity's 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
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree in relevant field(s); a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree


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 six years of progressively responsible professional experience in challenging operational environments;
  • Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Professional experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, conflict analysis with a good knowledge of international organizations' norms, procedures and principles;
  • Professional experience in management including but not limited to development, strengthening of organizations and systems including minimum three years of experience in an international organization setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive communication with local population and officials;
  • Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics;
  • Ability to work effectively and inclusively in high stress environments;
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames;
  • Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
  • Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation;
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission;
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
  • Possession of a Class "C" driving license.

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 in Operations. Qualified female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be deployed to Luhansk or Donetsk region, including non-government-controlled areas.

Under the direct supervision of a Patrol Hub Leader and overall direction of a Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, as Deputy Patrol Hub Leader, you will be:

  1. Ensuring that the Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) Mandate is effectively implemented in a Patrol Hub's area of operations (AoO);
  2. Providing assistance to the overall leadership and management of the Patrol Hub in line with current instructions and regulations as issued by the Head Office;
  3. Monitoring, assessing and analysing the political, security and human/minority rights/gender situation in the Hub AoO, bringing relevant matters to the attention of the Patrol Hub Leader in a timely manner;
  4. In co-ordination with the Patrol Hub Leader, ensuring effective information flow within the Patrol Hub, with Monitoring Team and other relevant stakeholders;
  5. Assisting the Patrol Hub Leader in ensuring that assigned tasks are completed and submitted to the Monitoring Team in accordance with established deadlines;
  6. Providing assistance to the Patrol Hub Leader in ensuring that reports and other products are compiled and submitted to the Monitoring Team in accordance with established deadlines and reporting lines;
  7. Assisting in managing the performance of patrol groups and technical patrol groups deployed to a Patrol Hub;
  8. Ensuring that human, material and financial resources allocated to a Patrol Hub are managed in accordance with OSCE regulations and SMM policies;
  9. Ensuring that appropriate support is provided to representatives of the wider OSCE community;
  10. In co-ordination with the Patrol Hub Leader, representing the SMM within the Patrol Hub area of operations, ensuring effective co-ordination with other international organizations, civil society and liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies;
  11. In co-ordination with the responsible administrative personnel, overseeing the implementation of the OSCE Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS) and Staff Rules and Regulations, and supporting the Patrol Hub Leader in the planning and implementation of operational and management tasks;
  12. In co-ordination with specialist security staff, assisting the Patrol Hub Leader in ensuring the safety and security of all Patrol Hub personnel and equipment, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
  13. Contributing to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through: participation in Patrol Hub and Monitoring Team meetings, proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the Hub AoO and ensuring that a gender perspective is integrated into Hub team's activities and reporting;
  14. Deputising for Patrol Hub Leader and serving as acting Patrol Hub Leader, in their absence;
  15. Performing other relevant duties as requested.

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.

Applicants should be aware that OSCE staff/mission members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. The OSCE subscribes to the following core ethical standards or values: integrity, diversity, commitment and accountability.

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 well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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