Chief of Section

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OSCE Mission in Kosovo
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ISSUED BY OSCE Mission in Kosovo
VACANCY TYPE International Seconded
FIELD OF EXPERTISE Democratization
FUNCTIONAL LEVEL Middle management
DUTY STATION Prishtine / Pristina
DATE OF ISSUE 5 May 2021
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION 16 June 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
DATE OF ENTRY ON DUTY 15 September 2021

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:

  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or other related field. 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:


  • Previous relevant working experience with issues related to civil society, women, youth and non-majority community participation as a component of democratic governance preferably in international environment and/or experience in field missions;
  • Proven management and supervisory experience;
  • Proven project management experience;
  • Professional fluency in English, including excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • 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 judgement;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.


  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area;
  • Negotiation/mediation experience.
Tasks and Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director and the overall supervision of the Director of the Democratization Department, should you be the selected candidate, you will be responsible for:

1. Providing strategic direction and managing the Public Participation Section;

2. Advising the Department's senior management on issues related to civil society, women, youth and non-majority community participation as a component of democratic governance;

3. Overseeing and managing the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all of the Section's projects;

4. Assisting in the development and implementation of the department's cross-cutting themes of civil society, youth, women and non-majority community participation;

5. Co-ordinating and liaising with other department sections, other departments and in the Missions Field Offices on crosscutting themes of civil society, youth, women and/or non-majority community participation;

6. Supervising all professional and support staff of the Public Participation Section;

7. Co-ordinating and overseeing the drafting of reports based on information provided by the Section and the field;

8. Co-operating with other international partners, non-governmental organizations, women's caucuses and youth action councils in developing the Section's projects;

9. Participating in the Department's and Section's policy making process;

10. Representing the Section in meetings, seminars and/or conferences;

11. Engaging in other specific tasks at the discretion of the Director of Department;

12. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, 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 be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

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:

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