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Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number: VNKOSS02118
Vacancy type: International Seconded
Field of expertise: Civilian Police
Functional level: Senior management
Grade: S4
Number of posts: 1
Duty station: Prishtine / Pristina
Date of issue: 5 February 2019
Deadline for application: 5 March 2019 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty: 1 July 2019

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:

  • Graduation from a recognized police training school
  • Negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and utilise maps
  • Ability to perform first aid
  • Regular, active police service experience
  • Very good oral and written English communication skills
  • Knowledge of International Police Standards and human rights

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Senior police administration courses on operational leadership, contingency planning, human resources management and general police management


Minimum 20 years of diversified and progressively responsible professional police 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:


  • University education in international studies, public management, policing, political science, law and/or graduation from a recognized Police School/Academy together with demonstrated experience in security and public safety matters within a civilian environment
  • Proven relevant experience of management and training development
  • Diplomatic experience or experience in working with international organisations or governments, particularly within a post conflict and/or developing regions
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging security and public safety problems at both strategic and operational levels; write analytical reports and propose sustainable solutions
  • Comprehensive understanding of security and safety matters both in the Mission area and in the region
  • Proven understanding of the OSCE principles and experience with performance-based management including drafting programme outlines and budget proposals
  • Experience in project management including large scale, multiple-issue projects, as well as in fund raising and project promotion
  • Leadership qualities and demonstrated ability and willingness to work with and manage people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Knowledge and understanding of European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its impact upon security development and functions
  • Professional fluency in English.


  • Knowledge of local/regional political history and developments
  • Second-level university degree in Business Administration, Management, or other related fields
  • Practical experience and/or working knowledge about the structure and capacities of the local institutions and familiarity with mechanisms and structures of EULEX, UNMIK, KFOR and other international organizations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the development of security safety standards and regulations, as well as Security Sector Reviews and their impact/relation to Security and Public Safety Development

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission, the incumbent oversees all aspects of the Department for Security and Public Safety, ensuring a professional representation of the Department and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (the Mission). To that end the incumbent will be:

  1. Responsible for the management of the Department, coordinating issues concerning the operations and administration of the Department;
  2. Co-ordinating, on behalf of the Head of Mission (HoM), Missions activity related to public safety and security and maintaining working relationship with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kosovo Police and other Public Safety agencies;
  3. Advising the HoM/Deputy HoM on issues relevant to the internal security/safety developments of Kosovo;
  4. Is the principle liaison officer for the Department in coordinating security and safety related activities of the Department/Mission with EULEX, UNMIK, KFOR and Public Safety Agencies of the governments in the region;
  5. Co-ordinating fundraising activities and the Departments relationship with potential donors;
  6. Is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Departments budget according to the OSCE rules and regulations;
  7. Co-ordinating the Departments contribution to the Missions strategic planning and maintaining good relationships with the other Mission departments;
  8. Ensuring that all reporting requirements on behalf of the Department are completed. This includes weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, six-months and annual reports;
  9. Developing the Programmes strategic documents, including the Programme Outline, Unified Budget Proposal and the Programme Budget Performance Report;
  10. Directing the activities of the Sections/Units Chiefs to assure quality and accountability of their output;
  11. Is responsible for the selection of key personnel within the Department and plans Departments staffing needs, on the basis of current personnel staffing information;
  12. Ensuring the disciplinary process, according to OSCE staff rules and regulations, is adhered to;
  13. Investigating and periodically reviewing policies and procedures for the Department to ensure the most efficient and effective use of both physical and human resources;
  14. Providing oversight and guidance to all staff delivering programmes within the Department;
  15. Ensuring the evaluation process is in place and functioning at all levels;
  16. Is responsible for tasking of any other projects as assigned by the Mission;
  17. Performing other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, please see: http://www.osce.org/mission-in-kosovo

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, 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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.