Job: Legal Officer (Ukraine)

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 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):

Legal Officer, Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Level: Senior Professional
Area of Expertise: Rule of Law
Vacancy Number: VNSMUS00416
Duty Station: Ukraine

View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by July 15. Only finalists will be contacted.  PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

– Law degree (J.D.)
– Minimum six years of relevant professional experience, including at least two years of relevant work experience at an international level
– Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers, etc.
– Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure
– Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments
– Experience in drafting and reviewing legal documents, including legal opinions, contracts, agreements, official correspondence and reports
– Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments
– Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
– Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
– Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region (desirable)
– Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation (desirable)
– Experience with the OSCE, UN common system and/or other international organizations (desirable)
– Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s) (desirable)

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.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.

* Please note that this position is subject to the approval of the Permanent Council.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser and under overall guidance by the Deputy Chief Monitor, the Legal Officer co-operates with the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Units and the Secretariat Legal Services, and is responsible for the following tasks:
1. Provides legal advice and analysis on the interpretation of the mandate of the Mission, as well as on issues relating to the functions, structure and activities of the Mission, and with respect to the general applicable law in the Mission area;

2. Provides legal advice on disciplinary matters and other personnel-related issues for conformity with Staff Regulations, Rules and Instructions and wider OSCE regulatory framework;

3. Provides legal advice on the status and privileges and immunities of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine and its staff;

4. Provides legal advice and analysis on administrative and personnel matters ranging from contracts to international civil service law and disciplinary procedures, administrative matters related to vehicles’ insurance, OSCE property loss or damage and relevant financial liability in line with Financial Administrative Instructions;

5. Drafts and reviews official correspondence including: interoffice memoranda, Notes Verbales and other legal instruments such as Exchanges of Letters, for the SMM Head Office and other SMM Units;

6. Drafts documents and advises on matters related to the OSCE SMM Committees and Boards;

7. Carries out research and analysis on legislation, legal instruments and other legal materials relevant to the work of the Mission;

8. Assists in co-ordinating legal matters with other international organizations, and other bodies or entities in Ukraine; Performs other related duties as assigned.