Monitoring Officer

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe




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 duty station are not eligible to apply.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Monitoring Unit and/or direct supervision of the Senior Monitoring Officer, the Monitoring Officer will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring the security situation in the area of responsibility, including the overall situation in the former crisis areas, and reporting regularly on security incidents, and overall interethnic relations; 
  • Maintaining constructive contact with local authorities, liaising with other international organizations operating in the region, and interacting with local leaders and interlocutors such as Mayors, local institutions, village and religious leaders, etc.; 
  • When necessary and appropriate, serving as an intermediary/mediator between conflicting parties; 
  • Reporting on vital security and political developments and providing related information from the field for dissemination to appropriate unit(s)/organization(s)/authority(s); upon request of the Monitoring Unit management, contributing to analytic work of the Unit in his/her identified fields of expertise; 
  • Supporting the efforts of the various other departments in the Field (Political and Reporting Unit, Democratization Unit, Police Development Unit, etc.); 
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

General Minimum Requirements:

  • 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:


  • First-level university degree or equivalent experience


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements:


  • Prior experience in relevant fields such as political, security, minority and education issues;
  • Knowledge of the history of political and security situation  and recent developments in the mission area;
  • Knowledge and experience with conflict analysis and mediation/dialogue facilitation;
  • Proficiency with drafting reports and analytical products;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written;
  • Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials;
  • 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 judgment;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames, including the willingness and ability to work extended hours, outside of normal working hours, and to be on-call;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.


  • Good organizational skills;
  • Knowledge of the local language or the most common lingua franca spoken in the mission area;
  • Certified training in communications, personal protection including mine awareness, map reading and first aid.





Mission Specific Requirements:

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