OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Deputy Head of Office of Political Affairs and Communication


Deputy Head of Office of Political Affairs and Communication, Prishtine / Pristina, Kosovo

Closing date: Thursday, 23 May 2019

Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Vacancy number: VNKOSS02167

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Political Affairs

Functional level: Middle management

Grade: S3

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Prishtine / Pristina

Date of issue: 2 May 2019

Deadline for application: 23 May 2019 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

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:


  • Experience in compiling, analysing and editing information and reporting;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, including professional writing;
  • 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;
  • Experience in policy planning and advising;
  • Previous experience in a liaison function;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Ability to operate main computer applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area;
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions;
  • Working experience in one or more of the main functional areas of the Missions mandate, preferably in an international environment.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the Office of Political Affairs and Communications (OPAC), the Deputy Head, Office of Political Affairs and Comminications (OPAC) will be assisting the Head of OPAC in advising the Head of Mission on all topics pertaining to the implementation of the Missions mandate. Reporting to the Head of OPAC, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Participating in data collection, analysing, report writing, editing and clearance procedures; Monitoring compliance of Mission's programmatic departments with established Mission policies and guidelines and controling for compliance with the Missions overall mandate; Acting as the Office's focal point for interaction with OSCE Institutions and assisting the Head of OPAC in dealing with CPC Secretariat Departments; Acting as a focal point for interaction with international organizations in Kosovo and monitoring the general interaction of the Mission with other international organizations; Overseeing and advising the Office in the reviewing and compilation of reports produced by the Mission, as well as speeches, speaking notes and other written material for the Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission; Acting as a task-manager for the political affairs component of the Office, ensuring that workload is fairly divided, and helping with case-work to cover absences; Assisting the Office in distributing accurate information on OSCE activities to partner organizations and institutions, embassies and liaison offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other key audiences and stakeholders; Acting as A/Head of OPAC in the Heads absence and otherwise substituting the Head of OPAC when necessary; Representing the Mission in working groups and meetings within and outside of Kosovo as appropriate and as delegated by the Head of OPAC or the Head of Mission; Advising in the production of the Missions communication outlets, when necessary; Performing other duties as required.

For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see //www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo">http: //www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo

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 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.

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

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