Camera/Sensor Expert

Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Camera/Sensor Expert

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Issued by: OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Vacancy number: VNSMUS00569

Vacancy type: International Seconded

Field of expertise: General Staff / Monitoring Functions

Functional level: Senior professional

Grade: S2

Duty Station: Ukraine

Deadline for application: Open until filled


Tasks and Responsibilities 

Please note that the recruitment for this position will be done in batches.

In an effort to build an effective and continually operating technical monitoring capability, the SMM is developing a robust sustainment program under the direction and supervision of the Fund Administration and Information and Communication Technologies Section (ICT). The technology which is being sustained directly in operated at the Technical Monitoring Centre.

The selected candidates may be deployed either in the Donetsk or Luhansk region.

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Fund Administration and direct supervision of the Chief of ICT, the Camera/Sensor Expert will perform the following specific functions:

  1. Managing the surveillance maintenance team and providing expert advice on fundamental features, areas of application and functionality of the surveillance equipment;
  2. Assisting the Chief of ICT in building a robust sustainment programme;
  3. Providing recommendations and advises on mission-specific common technological surveillance standards;
  4. Contributing to the development of plans on, inter alia, command and control, operational support, technical and expert support deployment, personal security (in co-ordination with the SMM’s regional security advisors), logistics and administration as they relate to technical monitoring;
  5. Providing recommendations on and supporting installation and maintenance of the monitoring systems;
  6. Contributing to the development of various technical monitoring concepts for the SMM;
  7. Participating in and providing input to periodic planning and information meetings designed to develop short- and long-range strategies to resolve issues, developing requirements and/or system integration support;
  8. Developing and updating Electro Optical Infra Red (O/IR) and associated systems sustainment Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  9. Developing work plans and weekly schedules for the deployment of a maintenance team;
  10. Drafting daily, weekly and monthly activity reports;
  11. Working in conjunction with Technical Monitoring Centre (TMC) to monitor the status of sensors and sensor-related equipment and accessories;
  12. Carrying out basic troubleshooting of surveillance systems designed to perform in an autonomous mode (unattended surveillance systems), requirements to support them and maintain their operational lifetime;
  13. Monitoring software applications used to control the operation of surveillance camera packages ¿ ranges for detection, identification and recognition of objects;
  14. Performing other duties as assigned.

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:


Advanced degree in a relevant field


Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Advanced university degree in Information technology, electronics, business administration, international relations, operations management or graduate of a national military, police or emergency response academy at officer level with subsequent experience running 24/7 watch or control centres or other relevant field;
  • Minimum 6 years documented experience being employed in a similar role or position;
  • Sound understanding of Information Technology and Surveillance Systems (primarily video surveillance) application in field conditions with minimal or no existent infrastructure;
  • Expert knowledge/understanding of video cameras for surveillance systems especially daylight cameras with optical sensors, thermal vision cameras (cooled or uncooled technology), their fundamental features and areas of application, functionality;
  • Understanding of basic functional feature of software applications used to control the operation of surveillance camera packages, ranges for detection, identification and recognition of objects;
  • Ability to make concrete sound decisions in a field environment with minimum external support in a team of people with a variety of competency portfolios and national background, and lead the team on video surveillance matters;
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of electrical power systems based on solar and/or wind sources of energy;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
  • 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 MS Word, Excel, Outlook as well as familiarity with internet search engines and techniques; experience with Access or other commercial databases desirable;
  • Ability to assess situations and react rapidly, as well as to adjust and cope with changing tasks and priorities.


  • Possession of a valid automobile ‘Class C’ driving license is a definite advantage;
  • Experience in off-road driving is an advantage;
  • Experience in living and working in adverse or kinetic environments;
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian languages is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience of working in an international environment;
  • Experience of working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region.
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