Deputy Head of Mission

Chisinau, Moldova
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Deputy Head of Mission

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Issued By: OSCE Mission to Moldova

Vacancy Number: VNMOLS00209

Vacancy Type: International Seconded

Field of Expertise: Political Affairs

Functional Level: Senior management

Grade: S4

Number Of Posts: 1

Duty Station: Chisinau

Date of Issue: 23 October 2018

Deadline For Application: 20 November 2018 – 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM), the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) co-ordinates and supervises the daily operations of the Mission. This includes supporting the HoM in implementing her/his strategic guidance across the Mission’s projects and programmes. The DHoM also acts as the Senior Policy Advisor to the HoM. In particular, the DHoM is responsible for:

  • Overseeing, co-ordinating and managing the daily implementation of the Mission’s plans and policies, and for supervising and advising Programme Managers in the Mission in order to ensure that the Mission’s mandate and objectives are met;
  • Advising the HoM on the Mission’s priorities in such areas as development of policies and programmes as well as personnel management;
  • Reporting to the HoM on the activities and progress of the Mission’s activities, including related operational, logistical and general administrative matters;
  • Sharing responsibility with the Mission’s Chief of Fund Administration Unit in the drafting of the Mission’s annual Budget, Mid-Year Review and Annual Programme Outline;
  • Working actively on a wide range of political, political-military and social issues pertaining to Transdniestria (the left bank of the Republic of Moldova) as well as to those related to monitoring the Security Zone;
  • Co-ordinating OSCE events, inter alia, seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  • When necessary, representing the HoM at the appropriate level with Embassies, International Organizations, international and national NGOs working in the areas of activity corresponding to the Mission’s mandate;
  • Acting as HoM in her/his absence;
  • Performing other duties as required.

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:

  • 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:


A second-level university degree in political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another 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 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:


  • Strong management, mentoring and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all programme staff in the Mission, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining strict impartiality and objectivity;
  • Professional fluency in the English language and ability to draft and edit documents clearly and concisely;
  • Demonstrable organizational skills; ability to plan, implement and solve problems effectively and efficiently;
  • Working knowledge of Russian, including the ability to conduct substantive business in these languages;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Demonstrable ability to be perceived as neutral, impartial and fair in a multilateral diplomatic context;
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiations;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing, spreadsheets and email.


  • Regional knowledge and work experience in Eastern Europe;
  • Working knowledge of Romanian;
  • Experience in working in field operation/s, particularly in crisis area with multinational and international organizations;
  • Experience in results-based programme management;
  • Politico-military experience.
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