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Chief of Finance/Deputy Head, Common Services

Company Name
ODIHR (view profile)
Location Warsaw, Poland
Date Posted September 6, 2017
Category Finance & Administration
Job Type Full Time
Closing date for applications 25/09/2017
Experience Required 5+ years



The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s mandate.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Second Deputy Director of the ODIHR, the incumbent performs the functions of the Chief of Finance and also Deputy Head of Common Services. The responsibility includes:

Leading the financial activities of ODIHR by ensuring the smooth operation and co-ordination of two sub-Units - Budget and Accounts/Treasury;
Performing human and financial resource management including supervisory functions vis à vis staff;
Maintains and implements control mechanisms to safeguard assets and ensure efficient use of resources; oversees the application of the IRMA in the Office and the resolution of related issues; develops the procedures and controls for the specific needs of the ODIHR;
Coordinates the budget planning and submission process in the Office, and consolidates the required inputs from Departments;
Provides advice to the management of the ODIHR on financial matters and acting as the focal point on all financial issues;
Serves as Officer-in-Charge for the Common Services department in the absence of the Second Deputy Director;
Performs other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see:

Necessary Qualifications

Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Finance and/or related fields or First level University degree supplemented by a certification from a recognized professional accountancy institution, preferably CPA, CMA, CFA or similar;
At least eight years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible experience in financial and general management;
At least six years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in a senior position in an intergovernmental, governmental, non-governmental or commercial organization;
Experience in designing and/or implementing of- or extensive user experience with- automated integrated enterprise-wide financial systems;
Experience in other operational areas such as Procurement, HR management etc. is an asset
Field experience is an asset;
Professional fluency of the English language, both written and spoken;
Working knowledge of other OSCE languages is an asset.

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration, subject to social security deductions as well as monthly changes of the post adjustment multiplier and exchange rate, is approximately EUR 6,038. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland.

Social security will include participation in the Cigna International medical insurance scheme and OSCE Provident Fund maintained by the OSCE. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

How To Apply

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

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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

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 to become a part of the Organization.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation; therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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