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Deputy Head of Mission/Programme Co-ordinator (DHoM)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Podgorica
  • Grade: Mid level - Seconded Position - Mid level - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

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:



Second-level university education in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields; first-level university degree in relevant field(s) in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of 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 skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all programme throughout the Mission, with people of different cultural backgrounds, while maintaining strict impartiality and objectivity;
  • Experience in results-based programme development and management;
  • Ability to strategically plan, implement and solve problems effectively and efficiently;
  • Experience in maintaining effective working relationships with public officials;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and ability to integrate a gender and youth perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Knowledge of the region and work experience in countries undergoing transition;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within a limited timeframe;
  • Professional fluency in the English Language and ability to draft and edit documents clearly and concisely;
  • Computer and digital proficiency, including in utilizing Internet resources and Microsoft applications;


  • Prior field experience with the OSCE or other international organizations;
  • Experience working in Montenegro or elsewhere in the South-East Europe region;
  • Knowledge of the local language or the most common lingua franca;
  • Experience in dealing with press and media.


Tasks and Responsibilities

The Deputy Head of Mission is supporting the Head of Mission in developing and executing OSCE policies, programmes and operations in furtherance of the Mission mandate. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission, as Deputy Head of Mission, you will be performing the following:

  1. In agreement with the Head of Mission, overseeing and managing the implementation of the Mission mandate, plans and policies, co-ordinating programmes including the related administrative and operational matters;
  2. Providing strategic advice to the senior management on Mission priorities in such areas as the development of policies and programmes, management and administration;
  3. Co-ordinating and advising Head of Departments to ensure that the Mission's programming adheres to the mandate and that objectives are met in accordance with the Mission's strategic orientation; reporting to the Head of Mission on the Mission's activities and their progress;
  4. Ensuring co-operation and integration of programmatic and administrative activities through sound procedures, practices and tools, contributing to a comprehensive approach and consistency in the implementation of the Mission mandate, including in such areas as budget, human resources management and security;
  5. Liaising, negotiating and maintaining effective communication with external interlocutors such as institutions in Montenegro, OSCE Secretariat and other executive structures as guided by the Head of Mission;
  6. Sharing responsibility with the Fund Administration Unit for drafting Mission budget-cycle documents, and providing information and clarification in support of budget proposals;
  7. Providing guidance, support, performance evaluation, supervision and mentoring to senior staff and other staff in the areas of their responsibility;
  8. Acting as Gender Focal Point in the Mission;
  9. Deputizing for the Head of Mission in their absence;
  10. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, 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.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


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. 

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under If your participating State does not provide the option to apply online for seconded positions, you are kindly requested to submit your offline application form available at the respective OSCE delegation whose address can be found at

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:

Additional Information
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