Question: Does anyone have any information about The British School in Kiev?

3.19.16 –  Does anyone have any information or know anyone at The British School in Kiev (BISU)?

There is a librarian position open at this school but the general (ISR) reviews are not good. If you, or anyone you know has any knowledge of this school, comments would be greatly appreciated.  You may publicly comment or privately send me an e-mail.  Part of the reason for this blog is to help us all make positive career choices and help each other out!

Thank you, Sarah P.


Job: Records Management Officer

3.11.17 – Records Management Officer
OSCE, Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Kiev

Deadline for applications: 17 March 2016

General Minimum Requirements
The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • 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
The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • University education in public/business administration, management, finance, personnel management or related field or proven professional experience in all aspects of general administration (personnel, finance, etc.)
  • Very good organisational skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


First level university degree or equivalent experience


Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field strongly preferred

Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • First level university education in political science, international relations, history or similar field; additional training in library science, records or information management, information classification and retrieval or archives; professional qualifications in one of the following fields: certification from a recognized professional association in archives or a university/graduate degree in records and information management
  • Minimum of two years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of archiving/ records or information management
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision in an environment where rapid response to emergencies is essential
  • 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
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • 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 political judgement
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and email, and excellent PowerPoint presentation skills


  • Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region
  • Knowledge of the regional historical, cultural and political situation
  • Knowledge of the OSCE administrative regulations, rules, policies and practices
  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission
  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s)
  • Possession of a Class “C” driving license
  • Experience in off-road driving
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.

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Staff and in co-ordination with the Senior Information Management Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for documents and records management in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). In particular, the Records Management Officer:

  1. Acts as the primary focal point in the SMM for records, document management and archiving as well as provides guidance on these matters to staff and the Mission’s senior management;
  2. Is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the SMM electronic and paper archives for the entire Mission;
  3. Reviews documents for content and defines their initial distribution; determines documents for retention and for retirement/destruction;
  4. Proposes and implements Mission-wide standards and policies for the distribution and storage of documents, including organization of electronic systems, archive indexes, databases and spreadsheets;
  5. Co-ordinates the implementation of policies and tools developed by the Records Management Unit in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna;
  6. Co-ordinates the transfer of relevant records to the OSCE Research and Documentation Centre (Prague Office);
  7. Conducts training for SMM staff on all aspects of archiving and registry, and usage of the OSCE Electronic Document and Record Management System;
  8. Co-ordinates and supports the document distribution at SMM conferences and their post-event processing;
  9. Performs other duties as assigned and travels within the Mission area as required.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

Job: Library/Media Specialist

8/20/15 –  Library/Media Specialist
British International School, Kiev, Ukraine

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a late posting and I would apply immediately if interested.  Familiarity with the British National Curriculum as  well as The IB curriculum would be really helpful.  At this late date it may be possible to get into the position and learn on the job but at least do some research for the interview to prove you can come up to speed. FYI: Kiev is a vibrant, beautiful city even in these difficult times. I had a teacher colleague when went to this school and liked it.


The British International School, Kiev, established in 1997, serves the international and local community who are committed to the ethos of an international education. We offer the IB PYP and IB Diploma with the National Curriculum for England leading to IGCSE being taught in secondary school across two campuses. We have exciting plans to expand and develop the school further, taking it from being a very good school to a great one!

We are looking to recruit for the 2015/16 academic year an outstanding Library / Media Coordinator.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be passionate in their drive to ensure that all children achieve their full potential
  • Be able to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Be able to advise staff about best practice and model this where appropriate
  • Be innovative, creative and a strategic thinker
  • Be proactive and collaborative in your approach to working with others
  • Be highly organised and work well under pressure
  • Be able to analyse data effectively to identify and track the progress of our children

If this sounds like you and you would like to know more, please send an up to date CV along with a letter of application to: and