Human Dimension Co-ordination Officer, Kyiv, Ukraine 466 views

Issued by: OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Vacancy number: VNSMUS00982

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: Human Rights

Functional level: Senior professional

Grade: S2

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Kyiv

Date of issue: 26 November 2019

Deadline for application: 18 December 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:

  • University education in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in drafting reports

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First-level university degree in law, political science, international relations or human rights related field(s)


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • At least six years of experience in the field of human rights and rule of law, including monitoring, analysing and reporting on the relevant legislation and issues of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills, including the capacity to convey complex concepts and recommendations in a clear and concise fashion for different audiences;
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging human dimension issues and propose solutions;
  • Knowledge of international human rights standards and OSCE human dimension commitments, as well as mechanisms of implementation;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written, and the ability to report clearly and concisely;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines and under minimum supervision;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment;
  • 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;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Experience in working in international organizations, operational missions or governments;
  • Experience in organizing capacity building activities/delivering training and briefings;
  • Working knowledge of the Russian and/or Ukrainian language(s).

Tasks and Responsibilities

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.

Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) and the immediate supervision of the Head of Human Dimension, the Human Dimension Co-ordination Officer will be tasked with:

Collecting, researching, documenting and analysing information pertaining to assigned human dimension issues; Providing input and advice on human dimension issues as relevant to the Mission’s work in the country; Ensuring that the human dimension work is conducted in close co-operation with the Mission’s other thematic units; Ensuring close co-ordination with other human dimension related organizations and structures active in Ukraine; Ensuring close communication and co-ordination with other OSCE Missions and institutions regarding their human dimension related activities; Participating in the development of operational guidance and data collection tools to support the appropriate implementation of human rights monitoring throughout the country; Co-ordinating with other relevant Mission components, both at the Headquarter and field Monitoring Team levels, to ensure appropriate integration of human dimension monitoring activities into planning and operational processes; Contributing to the integration of gender mainstreaming into all monitoring and reporting activities; Keeping abreast of developments in the assigned thematic responsibilities; Establishing and maintaining contacts with and between national authorities, NGOs, universities and research institutions as well as with international organizations and other field operations on human rights-related issues; Assisting in developing cross-dimensional human rights approach for the Mission to address human rights and fundamental freedom issues and conducting human rights mainstreaming into its activities; Performing other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, please see //’>https: //

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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