ODIHR is the leading agency in Europe in the field of election observation. It co-ordinates and organizes the deployment of several observation missions with thousands of observers every year to assess the compliance of elections in OSCE participating States in line with OSCE commitments, other international standards for democratic elections and national legislation. Its unique methodology provides an in-depth insight into all elements of an electoral process, and permits to make concrete recommendations to further improve electoral processes.
Following an official invitation from the authorities of the Russian Federation, ODIHR is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the upcoming State Duma elections scheduled for 19 September 2021. In this connection, ODIHR is looking to recruit local support staff on full-time basis.
Start date of employment: 18 August 2021 (approx.)
Location - Makhachkala
Approximate duration of employment: 2- 10 weeks depending on the post
Under the supervision of the Long-term Observers (LTOs), the Assistant/Interpreter assists a team consisting of two LTOs in their area of observation (AoO). S/he reports directly to the LTO team.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Provides simultaneous interpretation from/to English to/from local language(s);
- Provides written translation from/to English to/from local language(s) of various documents on a wide range of technical topics;
- Arranges various meetings with officials from local and regional election authorities, governors, mayors, local representatives of political parties, candidates, the media, and civil society;
- Summarizes, in English, election-related news published in the local language(s);
- Assists the LTOs in identifying suitable staff for the short-term observers (STOs) and in locating suitable accommodation for STOs (if applicable);
- Organizes travels in the AoO for the LTOs and accompanies the LTOs on these travels;
- Keeps lists of names, addresses and phone number of the LTOs’ interlocutors; and
- Performs other duties as required.
- Completed secondary education. A degree in translation/interpretation, political sciences, social sciences, law, international relations or related field is an asset;
- Four years of relevant working experience. Experience of work at international organizations is an asset;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and local language(s).Translation/interpretation experience is an asset;
- Good computer skills;
- Good knowledge of the AoO;
- Good organizational skills;
- Ability to work long hours and under pressure;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team;
- Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice; and
- Demonstrated ability to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
- Daily schedule of LTO team;
- Written translations, interpretations;
- News summaries;
- Travel arrangements;
- Draft correspondence; and
- Contact lists.
Remuneration is commensurate with the qualifications of the incumbent and requirements of the post, and is similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System for general services employees (in accordance with established OSCE rates). Social security will include participation in the OSCE life and accident disability insurance scheme.
Application procedure: Only nationals or permanent residents of the Russian Federation are eligible to apply. Those interested in applying should send the most recent curriculum vitae in English to ensure an equal and transparent treatment during the recruitment/appointment process to email indicated in our contact details. Please indicate position for which you are applying (e.g. LONG-TERM OBSERVERS ASSISTANT/INTERPRETER).
Each candidate may apply for up to three positions in separate e-mails. Please do not attach photographs, motivation letters and certificates. Additional relevant information should be submitted only upon request.
Applications received after the deadline or with no indication of the position for which the candidate is applying, will not be taken into consideration.
Application deadline: 6 August 2021, 14:00 CET
EOM deployment is subject to final decision and ODIHR reserves the right to cancel deployment at any moment.
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. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.
Note: No application fees are required by ODIHR for its recruitment process at any stage (application processing, interview meeting, training or any other fees).