Monitoring Assistant

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe




OSCE field operations are the front line of the OSCE’s engagement on the ground, supporting host authorities in fulfilling OSCE commitments and implementing a comprehensive approach to security. The OSCE Mission to Skopje is the Organization’s longest-serving field operation working on inter-ethnic relations, early warning, the rule of law, democratic governance, transnational threats and police reform.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Senior Monitoring Officer (SMO) and in coordination with the Monitoring Officers (MOs), the Monitoring Assistant is responsible for gathering and sharing information on the political and security situation, monitoring events in the field, and providing organizational and language support to international Monitoring Unit (MU) staff, more specifically: 

  • Gathering, compiling, and sharing with the MOs, SMO, and Chief of MU information on the political and security situation in the area of responsibility, including assessing developments in the political and security situation, regularly reporting on security incidents and general interethnic relations; 
  • Undertaking daily monitoring of media sources for news related to security-relevant developments; creating and updating documents on municipalities and institutions in the area of responsibility and maintaining contact with field-level interlocutors;
  • Providing translation and/or consecutive interpretation at meetings, protests, trainings, and other events; translating legal and administrative documents, training material, and correspondence from local languages to English and vice versa;
  • Monitoring protests, political rallies, municipal council sessions, and election-related events in the field; providing direct support to MOs, SMO, and Chief of MU in planning and carrying out field visits, event monitoring, and meetings with interlocutors; performing administrative and logistical tasks related to MU operations; 
  • Assisting in the design, development and implementation of quick-impact interventions related to MU’s mandate in the areas of confidence building, early warning, and dialogue facilitation and mediation;
  • Drafting internal briefing and background materials, reports, and other relevant documents; assisting in the orientation of international MU staff; providing background information and facilitating contacts in support of other efforts of the Mission in the field;
  • Performing other duties as required. 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of North Macedonia;
  • Completed secondary education, supplemented by formal studies in languages or administration;
  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant work experience, including reporting and administration, aas well as established ability to translate and interpret, preferably acquired in an international organization;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in MS Windows applications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and in local languages;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • 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.





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