Director of Democratization Department

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  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: OFF00003Q
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S4
  • Job Level: Senior Management
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Posting Date: Mar 29, 2022
  • Closing Date: May 9, 2022
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Master's Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: Democratization
  • Target Start Date: 01 September 2022

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 political sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience;
  • Work experience in public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and  political development;
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Good understanding of the basic legal framework;
  • Negotiating and diplomatic skills.

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree in political sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience;


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Extensive management and supervisory experience;
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports;
  • Knowledge of specific political issues, international and OSCE standards for democracy building, including good governance, and media development.
  • Professional fluency in the English language;
  • Detailed knowledge and insight in democratization programmes and quality control of programmes;
  • Substantial project management experience, specifically with results based project management;
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and judgement to local conditions and communities;
  • Leading by example with demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a leader 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, power point and e-mail.


  • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments;
  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca in the mission area.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Democratization Department programme constitutes a key component of the Mission's mandate through assisting in the establishment of a viable and accountable democracy in Kosovo. It focuses on monitoring the work of the Kosovo institutions, identifying shortcomings and supporting further capacity building. It provides these institutions with on­ site coaching and mentoring and facilitates the exchange of best practices.  The  Department of Democratization consists of the Translation Cell, Media Section; Governance Section (local & central governance, and elections portfolios); and Public Participation Section (CSOs, women and youth portfolios).

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission the incumbent:

  1. Managing, directing and leading the Programme of the Democratization Department;
  2. Supervising all  organizational units of the Department and their mission members;
  3. Programmatically overseeing the mission members assigned to the Field Support Section in the 5 Regional Centres;
  4. Ensuring efficient and effective communication, co-coordinating and co-operating with other programmatic departments of the Mission, as well as central co-ordination, political, legal and communication units within the Mission;
  5. Ensuring efficient and effective communication, co-ordinating and co-operating with Mission field structures;
  6. Fosters synergies between the Democratization Department and other programmatic departments within the Mission;
  7. Directing the process of policy formulation, strategic development, programme planning, programme implementation and quality assessment  for  the  Democratization  Programme in the areas of good governance, civil society, independent institutions and regulatory bodies, media and elections, amongst others;
  8. Overseeing and ensuring provision of timely and quality inputs from the Department to the development of the Mission's programme budget and its implementation;
  9. Ensuring efficient and effective development, implementing and monitoring  and evaluation of the departmental projects;
  10. Participating, on behalf of the Department and the Mission at project activities, events and conferences, as appropriate.
  11. Liaising with local and international interlocutors  and coordinating  with them  the work of the department;
  12. Advising and assisting the Head of Mission and the Deputy Head of Mission in engaging in effective advocacy on the issues pertaining to the department's programme areas;
  13. Representing the department at regular and ad hoc coordination mechanisms of the Mission
  14. 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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