Job: Medical Focal Point (Donetsk, Ukraine)

Deadline: April 12, 2016

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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 (Political Affairs):
  • University education in journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology
  • Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
  • Good analytical and interpersonal skills

Level of Competence Requirements:
  1.  Education:
    • Advanced degree in a relevant field
  2. Experience:
    • Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience
Mission Specific Requirements:
  1.  Mandatory:
    • Experience with structuring and granting of interviews, press conferences and media events
    • Strong writing skills for a variety of audiences
    • Knowledge of the historical and current political situation of the Mission area; previous working experience in Ukraine a strong asset
    • Experience in working with journalists, producers and bookers
    • Extensive field experience and ability to work independently
    • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environment
    • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to draft documents clearly and concisely
    • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s), including the ability to conduct substantive business in one of these languages
    • 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 sound judgement
    • Familiarity with the use of internet, intranet, digital photography and video
    • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, databases, and e-mail
  2. Desirable:
    • Experience of working in an international organization, public affairs or professional communications
    • Competence in print and electronic media production and the mechanics of print and electronic technology

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2017, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.
Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.
If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Under the guidance and direction of the Head of Press and Public Information and the direct supervision of the Press and Public Information Officer, the Media Focal Point performs the following duties:
  • Drafts news items, stories and interviews related to the Mission activities in the area of responsibility
  • Develops and implements a media strategy designed to generate maximum positive local, regional and international coverage of Mission activities
  • Organizes press conferences and media events
  • Monitors local and international media, as well as social media and produces regular summaries and updates of relevant information
  • Handles requests for interviews from domestic and foreign journalists, drafts press lines and talking points
  • Develops and maintains a media contact database
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Mission’s website and social media channels
  • Advises the Team Leader in media related questions and contributes to media training
  • Responsible for the proper distribution/dissemination of the hand-outs materials
  • Conducts regional outreach activities in support of the Mission’s mandate, in co-ordination with the respective Team Leaders and Media Team at the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine’s Head Office
  • Performs other duties as assigned

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number (VNSMUS00380) at: Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.