OSCE Mission to Moldova/Senior Interpreter/Political Assistant

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ISSUED BY: OSCE Mission to Moldova


VACANCY TYPE: Local Contracted




DATE OF ISSUE: 8 November 2019

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 28 November 2019 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


OSCE missions and field activities are the front line of OSCE work in countries that require assistance and are the agent through which political decisions are translated into action. Each mission has a different mandate but generally work addresses early warning, preventive diplomacy, conflict management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

 Tasks and Responsibilities  

The incumbent is assigned to the Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Programme and works under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Officer and in close cooperation with the Office of Head of Mission, Deputy Head of Mission, the Political Officers and the National Programme Officers. He/She more specifically will be tasked with:

  • Collecting and collating relevant information and analysis with regard to the Transdniestrian settlement process and to internal political developments in Moldova;
  • Supporting the Political Officers in developing analysis on various aspects related to the Transdniestrian settlement process and internal political developments in Moldova;
  • Acting as interpreter and translator for the Mission leadership, from/into Romanian, Russian and English Languages;
  • Translating correspondence, documents, publications, articles, protocols from periodicals and other material from/into Romanian/English languages;
  • Assisting in the organization of the events supporting the negotiations (seminars, conferences, working groups, etc.) and other secretarial tasks;
  • Taking notes in various meetings;
  • Assisting the Mission’s leadership and Political Officers in meetings and preparing memos on the results;
  • Assisting the Mission’s Press Office and the Mission’s other programmes in case of necessity;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

 Necessary Qualifications  

  • Secondary education supplemented by formal studies in modern languages and political sciences; studies in  economy, sociology, law or international relations will be an asset
  • At least 6 years of experience in political analysis in an international organization or embassy. Experience as a translator/interpreter will be an asset
  • Proficiency in  Microsoft software packages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Romanian and Russian languages
  • Ability to analyze changing and complex political, social and economic issues and situations
  • Gender sensitivity and ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions, languages, and cultural backgrounds
  • Resident of the Republic of Moldova.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, please see 

 Required competencies  

 Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package  

Monthly remuneration is EUR 764.50.  OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Moldova. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.

How To Apply  

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under 

Please note that CVs and other applications submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form will not be reviewed. Applications received after the deadline, submitted without reference to the vacancy number or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Only the OSCE on/off-line applications will be accepted and short-listed applicants contacted.


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