OSCE Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Vienna, Austria

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Organization/Company Profile

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections. Most of its 3,500-plus staff are engaged in field operations, with only around 10% in its headquarters.

The OSCE is an ad hoc organization under the United Nations Charter (Chap. VIII), and is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 56 participating States are from Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America and cover most of the northern hemisphere. It was created during the Cold War era as an East-West forum.

The OSCE considers itself a regional organization in the sense of Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter and is an observer in the United Nations General Assembly. The Chairman-in-Office gives routine briefings to the United Nations Security Council.

The Chairmanship rotates annually, and the post of the Chairman-in-Office is held by the foreign minister of the participating State which holds the Chairmanship. The CiO is assisted by the previous and incoming Chairman-in-Office; the three of them together constitute the Troika. The origin of the institution lies with the Charter of Paris for a New Europe (1990), the Helsinki Document 1992 formally institutionalized this function.

The OSCE's Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria. The Organization also has offices in Copenhagen, Geneva, The Hague, Prague and Warsaw.

Employment Opportunities: Contracted Positions

The OSCE offers a wide range of job opportunities in its field missions and offices, the Secretariat and Institutions. To apply for any of the positions you must be a national of one of the 56 participating States. The OSCE offers fixed term contracts for positions at the Secretariat, institutions and, to a limited extent and mainly in the area of administration, at its missions. Remuneration package and terms of employment are similar to those of the United Nations Common System:

  • General Service (GS)
  • Junior Professionals (grades P1, P2)
  • Middle-ranking Professionals (grades P3, P4)
  • Management Professionals (grades P5, D)

Requirements

Applicants for positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) category are required to have a university degree, including several years of experience at national and/or international level in a relevant field of expertise. Postgraduate specialization is necessary for a number of positions.

Applicants for positions in the General Service (GS) category are required to have a good level of completed secondary education, supplementary courses related to the functions of the position and the commensurate number of years of relevant working experience.

Application

Applicants for contracted positions should use the online application system provided by the OSCE. However, if you have any difficulties with your Internet connection you may use the offline application form found on the OECD website and send the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail

  • to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for vacancies at the Secretariat and for professional-level (P) vacancies in field operations,
  • to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for vacancies at ODIHR or
  • to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for vacancies at HCNM.

In case e-mail is not available, hard copies may be sent by mail to the respective addresses (Secretariat, ODIHR and HCNM) on the right. Please note that the online application system undergoes regular maintenance during which the site is temporarily unavailable. The planned maintenance schedule is available on the OSCE homepage.

Recruitment

The Recruitment Section, together with the hiring department, reviews all applications received and draws up a short list of four to five qualified candidates to be invited for an interview. Applicants will be contacted only if invited for interview.

Selection

The selection is made after an interview with a panel of three or four Board Members from various departments of the OSCE. In addition, for a number of positions there is a test with questions specific to the position. Candidates interviewed will normally be advised of the outcome of the selection process after a period of three weeks. The OSCE is not in a position to notify all other applicants who have not been short-listed.

Contacts

OSCE Secretariat

  • Department of Human Resources, Recruitment Section, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
  • Tel: +43 1 514 36 6000
  • Fax: +43 1 514 36 6996

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

  • Aleje Ujazdowskie 19, Warsaw, Poland
  • Fax: +48-22 520 06 05

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

  • Prinsessegracht 22, 2514AP The Hague, Netherlands
  • Tel: +31-70 312 55 00
  • Fax: +31-70 363 59 10

Link http://www.osce.org/employment/

Employment Opportunities: Seconded Positions

The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. Seconded positions are available in the following fields of expertise:

  • Administration and support
  • Civilian police
  • Democratization
  • Economic and environmental affairs
  • Education
  • Elections
  • General staff/monitoring functions
  • Human rights
  • Media affairs
  • Military affairs
  • Political affairs
  • Rule of law

Besides meeting the criteria outlined in these fields of expertise, candidates must also meet the OSCE general minimum requirements for mission members. For middle and senior management positions, candidates must possess solid management skills and experience. In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the Institutions.

1. Fields of Expertise

Administration and support

Administration and support work provides a variety of day-to-day specialized support services for the substantive activities of the organization and required to make a field activity operational.

Minimum requirements common to all administrative positions

  • Supervisory and management experience
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Desirable

  • Previous international field experience
  • Leadership skills

Administration and support work may include:

a) Communications

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in telecommunications, electronic engineering or related field or relevant experience in information, communications or networking
  • Relevant professional experience in the design, implementation and operation of complex communications networks including the implementation of international communications projects
  • Ability to provide technical advice and guidance, and to plan for the introduction and use of a wide range of communications equipment in field locations
  • Knowledge of mobile and base station radio, satellite, PTT and cellular systems in support of voice and data communications systems.

b) Information technology and information management

Minimum requirements

  • Degree in computer science or related field or proven 2 years professional experience in managing information systems and supporting users
  • Experience of Windows NT 4.0 workstation and server, MS Office Suite, Internet with emphasis on network administration
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills in a technology environment with the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, demanding environment with multiple priorities

c) Security

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in a field related to security and safety matters or evidence of specialized training or proven experience in law enforcement, security and safety matters in a civilian or military environment
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging security problems and propose solutions

Desirable

  • Police/military background

d) Transportation

Minimum requirements

  • Relevant experience in transportation/shipping matters
  • Technical knowledge of transportation/shipping terminology and packing systems associated with international purchasing and transportation

e) Supply and logistics

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in logistics, business/public administration, engineering or related field or proven experience in any discipline of logistics management and support, such as procurement, mission management, inventory or warehouse management and support

Desirable

  • Experience working in international field mission operations and/or military logistics related activities
  • Experience in administrative project management and development

f) Procurement

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in business administration, management, commerce or commercial law, economics or related field or relevant professional experience in procurement and contracting
  • Very good negotiation skills

g) Budget and finance

Minimum requirements

  • Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field or certification from a recognized accounting institution or relevant professional experience in budget, accounting or finance
  • Knowledge and experience working with computerized financial systems and in utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet and database software

Desirable

  • Working knowledge of financial packages including Oracle

h) General administration

Minimum requirements

  • Degree 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 organizational skills

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the OSCE administrative regulations, rules, policies and practices

i) Human resources management

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in human resources, personnel management, public/business administration, or related field or proven professional experience in personnel management and administration, including recruiting, contracting and entitlements administration
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Desirable

  • Experience working with human resources management information systems

j) Training

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in human resources management, public administration, international relations, international law or other related field
  • Proven experience in adult education or in the design, development, management and implementation of training courses for staff development
  • Ability to write and edit training materials
  • Good presentation and communications skills
  • Sound computer skills to include MS Power Point
  • Familiarity with multimedia presentation equipment

Desirable

  • Experience using graphic design software

k) Buildings management

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in civil or mechanical engineering, architecture, facility management or related technical field and/or proven professional experience in buildings management, construction, site inspection/engineering, sanitary and/or electrical engineering or related work in an international context combined with solid knowledge in the field of construction
  • Experience in the implementation of CAFM (Computer Aided Facility Management) systems

Civilian police

International civilian police work within the OSCE typically involves assessing, monitoring, advising and mentoring the local civil police in order to ensure that law and order are maintained effectively and impartially according to democratic policing principles, and that human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully protected.

It may also involve the selection, screening and training of local police candidates. Such work seeks to reform and develop the local civil police, or to create a new police force where no police force exists.

Requirements

  • Graduation from a recognized police training school
  • Regular, active police service experience
  • Very good oral and written English communication skills
  • Negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of International Police Standards and human rights
  • Ability to read and utilize maps
  • Ability to perform first aid

Desirable

  • Previous liaison experience with non-law enforcement organizations (e.g. local and /or national government agencies, social service bodies, non-governmental organizations)
  • Knowledge of basic police radio procedures and equipment
  • Knowledge of OSCE structures, institutions and field activities

Levels of professional competence

Senior management

  • Education: Senior police administration courses on operational leadership, contingency planning, human resources management and general police management.
  • Experience: Minimum 20 years of diversified and progressively responsible professional police experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Senior professional

  • Education: Police administrative courses in relevant field and specialized subject area.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years of diversified police experience including at least 12 months operational experience in the relevant field and specialized subject area.

Middle management

  • Education: Police administrative courses on human resources management and general police management.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years of diversified and progressively responsible police experience including at least 12 months at management level relevant to the actual post.

Professional

  • Education: Graduation from recognized police training school.
  • Experience: Minimum eight years regular, active police service experience.

Democratization

Democratization work may include strengthening civil society, political party development and promotion of good governance.

Strengthening civil society may involve:

  • Supporting the development of community-based organizations;
  • Encouraging citizen involvement, including the involvement of women, in the social and political change of the country;
  • Supporting the building of democratic and inter-ethnic institutions;
  • Empowering individuals, including women, to take part in the political process;
  • Facilitating the establishment of local civic groups and networks;
  • Encouraging the development of independent unions;
  • Supporting the development of free media.

Political party development may involve:

  • Fostering political pluralism;
  • Enhancing the capacity of parties and candidates to function effectively in a democratic political environment.

Promotion of good governance aims at:

  • Developing skills and improving the understanding of officials and elected candidates in the principles and practice of democratic government at the national and local level, as well as promoting transparency and accountability;
  • It may also include the development of national commissions or institutions to promote human rights or national reconciliation.

Requirements

  • University degree in political sciences, social sciences, international relations, public policy, law or equivalent professional experience;
  • Work experience in either public administration, relevant international organizations, civic associations (including NGOs), political parties/affairs, or economic and political development;
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Project work experience

Economic and environmental affairs

Economic and environmental work in the OSCE context focuses on ways of identifying the risk to security arising from economic, social and environmental problems and drawing the attention of relevant international institutions to the need to take appropriate measures.

Requirements

  • University degree in economics, regional planning and development, environmental studies or related fields, or equivalent professional experience in such areas;
  • Work experience in the fields of economics, business development, regional planning and development or environmental development and protection;
  • Experience working with developing or transitional economies;
  • Communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.

Desirable

  • Experience in policy formulation and analysis in the fields of macro-economics, micro-economics, and/or sectoral or regional planning and development;
  • Experience of project analysis.

Education

Education work aims at developing and implementing educational reform programmes in collaboration with local and international players. It involves policy formulation, strategy development, planning and reporting in the target areas of education access and non-discrimination, educational financing and management, reform of education legislation and quality and modernization of pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education including harmonization of curricula, teacher training and parent and student councils. Education is a major tool for promoting democratic institutions, human rights and tolerance, sustainable economic development, as well as capacities for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Requirements

  • University degree in educational sciences, social sciences or related fields;
  • Experience in educational field at an international level, either educational planning and administration, public education, teacher training, multi-lingual/ethnic teaching including curriculum harmonization and teaching plans, or professional experience in a ministry of education or a teachers union;
  • Proven project management experience, including planning, budgeting and evaluation techniques;
  • Experience in liaising with specialized local and international agencies and bilateral donors.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the political situation in the mission area, including understanding of the relevant educational reform issues and the overall strategies of OSCE and other major international agencies;
  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca.

Elections

Election work involves organizing, implementing and overseeing the full range of elections-related matters, which can include drafting of legislation and election regulations, identification and registration of eligible voters, registration of political parties and candidates, political party development, campaign and finance regulations, voter education, domestic observer training, media monitoring, establishment of polling stations, the supervision and monitoring of balloting and counting, and post-election activities. It may also involve the implementation of election results if so mandated.

Requirements

  • Experience in election administration, supervision or voter registration;
  • Good understanding of basic legal documents (constitutions, election laws and regulations);
  • Good understanding of various electoral and political systems;
  • Experience in liaising with government agencies and NGOs;
  • Experience in management or supervision of subordinate staff;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and in a difficult and politically sensitive environment;
  • Negotiating and diplomatic skills.

Desirable

  • Legal background (may be required for certain positions);
  • Knowledge of specific elections and political issues, especially of the mission area, including: international and OSCE standards for democratic elections, public administration, civil and voter registration, political party training, voter education, media and elections, international and domestic election observation, political representation of national minorities, legal appeals and election dispute resolution;
  • Familiarity with the use of communications systems, including single sideband radio and satellite telephone systems;
  • Knowledge of electronic database systems.

General staff / monitoring functions

General staff / monitoring functions in OSCE field activities take a variety of forms. Included in this category are monitoring activities aside from those covered by other fields of expertise such as elections and police, as well as the work performed by those assigned to situation/watch operations and in staff/personal assistant positions. The monitoring done may involve passive observation (e.g. of border movements) and reporting of significant development or a more proactive approach (e.g. the monitoring of the implementation of international agreements and obligations with the mandate for intervention where such agreements and obligations are ignored or breached).

Whether in monitoring positions, watch positions or staff assistant positions, however, those working in this field of expertise typically possess several core skills, including:

  • A clear understanding of institutional relationships, both within the OSCE field activity to which they are assigned and between the OSCE field activity and its main partners and interlocutors;
  • An operational orientation - i.e. the capacity to take prompt, appropriate action in response to observed events;
  • The ability to translate such observed events into concise and accurate oral and written reports;
  • The ability to support the creation of mechanisms which undergird the rule of law, public safety, and law and order.

Requirements

  • Demonstrable organizational skills;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and documented experience in negotiations;
  • Depending on the field activity's mandate, significant prior experience in relevant fields such as international customs practices and procedures, law enforcement, and military observations and arms control may also be required;
  • Negotiating experience, preferably in the area of monitoring operations and/or related activities.

Desirable

  • Readiness to endure harsh conditions;
  • Prior experience in the military, police or other organization with a well-developed chain of command structure;
  • Previous operational and/or field experience.

Human rights

Human rights work involves monitoring, investigating and reporting on the human rights situation, analyzing relevant laws and practices, intervening with national authorities to address human rights violations and ensure compliance with relevant human rights standards and national laws. It may also involve monitoring the judicial system as a whole, including trials, as well as situations involving minorities, refugees/internally displaced persons (IDPs) and freedom of movement issues. In addition, human rights work can involve promoting public awareness of human rights and human rights education.

Requirements

  • University degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, international human rights law or other human rights related fields;
  • Experience working with human rights, minority or gender issues;
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure;
  • Experience working with NGOs, particularly in the field of human rights;
  • International field work experience in human rights monitoring and reporting;
  • Experience in either international law, constitutional law, European and international human rights law and conventions (may be a requirement for certain positions).

Media affairs

Media affairs in OSCE field activities provides two specialized services:

  • Press and Public Information work involves, among other things, the preparation and dissemination of information about the OSCE and its activities to local and international media, communicating to the public by means of professionally edited, targeted public information material and undertaking other projects to raise the profile of the mission/ field activity among the host community;
  • Media Development work involves initiating, planning, organizing and implementing programmes to promote the development of independent, pluralist and professional media. It may also involve media monitoring activities to promote full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding the freedom of the media.

Requirements

  • 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.

Desirable

  • Ability to speak the language of the host country;
  • Experience working in an international organization;
  • Knowledge of the historical and current political situation of the mission area.

Military affairs

Military affairs-related work involves among others monitoring certain military activities and gathering information on the military situation and developments in the mission area. It may also include:

  • Monitoring the collection of weapons and ammunition;
  • Investigating violations of cease-fire agreements;
  • Facilitating co-operation with and among concerned parties in areas such as exchange of information on military structures and force levels, and promoting co-operation between national military services;
  • Assisting in the implementation of regional stabilization measures, including, for example, the promotion and implementation of force reductions;
  • Strengthening civilian control of the military;
  • Creating conditions for the deployment of peace-keeping operations.

Requirements

  • Officer / Warrant Officer training and/or university degree in a relevant technical field;
  • Significant experience in arms control, peace-keeping operations and/or other relevant areas of military-related affairs;
  • Experience in negotiations and liaison with governmental and military authorities;
  • Ability to compile and analyse information of a political-military nature.

Desirable:

  • Previous international field experience;
  • Knowledge of the political-military history of and recent developments in the mission area;
  • Working knowledge of the local language.

Political affairs

Political affairs work involves analyzing and reporting on issues relevant to the OSCE mission mandate in the host country, especially in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. It may also involve advising the Head of Mission and other mission staff, as well as representing OSCE policy positions to the authorities of the host country at all levels.

Requirements

  • University degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields;
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments;
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills;
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments;
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills;
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the local language or most common lingua franca;
  • Post-graduate degree in international studies, public policy, political science or law.

Rule of law

Rule of law work aims at enhancing the administration of justice by training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, as well as police and correctional officers. It involves monitoring the functioning of the legal system and encouraging improvements in the administration of justice by suggesting systemic changes to the legal and judicial systems and by undertaking legal reform and legislative review projects. The goal is to bring domestic laws into line with OSCE commitments and other recognized international standards.

Requirements

  • University degree in law or significant work experience in criminal justice and/or law enforcement (the latter required for police and corrections officer training);
  • Experience in the practice of law, e.g. judges, prosecutors, lawyers;
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings and criminal law and procedure;
  • Knowledge of international legal procedure standards and instruments;
  • Demonstrable organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the regional political situation and the legal system of the mission area.

2. General minimum requirements

Candidates must meet the OSCE general minimum requirements for field operation members:

Mandatory

  • Ability to work in English
  • Certified excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving licence and ability to drive using a manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Highly desirable

  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • 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 judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames

Desirable

  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions
  • Knowledge of other languages
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Negotiation/mediation experience

3. How to apply

Having identified a vacancy notice for which you would like to apply, click on the Apply Online link on the OSCE website, select your respective participating State and follow the application method shown. If your participating State is using the on-line application form, this form will be directed electronically to your respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or OSCE Delegation. If your participating State is not using the on-line method, you will be requested to contact your OSCE Delegation. The nomination process takes place in the respective countries. The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

OSCE participating states are responsible for the compensation/benefit packages of seconded staff, therefore please direct all enquiries to the designated contact point. The OSCE pays living expenses in the form of a board and lodging allowance for those positions located in a field duty station. However, for secondments to the Secretariat and the Institutions, all costs must be borne by the nominating authority.

Secondments are generally for an initial period of twelve months, with a possibility of extension. The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation. Seconded mission members may serve in the same mission for a maximum period of seven years, whereas the total length of service with the OSCE shall not exceed ten years.

Link http://www.osce.org/employment/sec_vacancies.php

Employment Opportunities: Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation Teams (REACT)

Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation Teams (REACT) form a pool of skilled resources available for rapid deployment to upcoming and future missions. Applicants for participation in Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation Teams (REACT) must be available for deployment within two, four or eight weeks upon receipt of selection notification.

Application

Initial selection of REACT candidates takes place in OSCE participating States. Your application must be sent directly to the designated contact point in the specified country. Direct applications to the OSCE will not be considered.

Levels of professional competence

All fields of expertise, except civilian police.

Senior management

  • Education: Advanced education/certified training course in relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Senior professional

  • Education: Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience.

Middle management

  • Education: Advanced education/certified training course in a relevant field desirable.
  • Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 3 years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Professional

  • Education: First level university degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience: Strongly preferred minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience including minimum 1 year in a relevant field.

Fields of expertise

Candidates must also meet the minimum requirements for the specific field(s) of expertise. Please see detailed descriptions in the section ‘Seconded Positions’ above.

General minimum requirements

Candidates must meet the OSCE general minimum requirements for field operation members.

Mandatory

  • Ability to work in English
  • Certified excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving licence and ability to drive using a manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure

Highly desirable

  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and e-mail
  • 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 judgement
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and with limited time frames

Desirable

  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions
  • Knowledge of other languages
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Negotiation/mediation experience

Link http://www.osce.org/employment/13110.html

Employment Opportunities: Election Observers

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) fields election observation teams to participating States to assess the implementation of OSCE commitments relating to elections and to observe the entire electoral process.

ODIHR does not recruit observers directly. Observers generally are seconded to the ODIHR by the OSCE participating States. When a decision is made to observe an election the ODIHR requests long and short term observers by notifying the delegations of OSCE participating States in Vienna.

The procedure for recruiting observers varies from country to country, but the process is generally co-ordinated by the respective foreign ministries. As a rule it is the sending States that cover the costs of the observers.

For information on national procedures for recruiting observers please contact the relevant permanent delegation to the OSCE in Vienna.

Employment Opportunities: Short-term posts for policing experts

Experts with appropriate qualifications and interested in working for the OSCE as consultants on short-term contracts (less than six months) can register with the OSCE Policing OnLine Information System and then create their policing expert profile in the Policing Experts Database.

How to Register

The Policing Experts Database provides a roster of highly qualified experts that OSCE and other international organizations can benefit from through consultancy-type services not exceeding six months.

If you have appropriate qualifications and wish to become a member of this community, please first register with the OSCE Policing OnLine Information System and then create your policing expert profile.

Link http://polis.osce.org/experts/

Employment Opportunities: Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

Within its Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme, the OSCE will offer up to six slots for a period of nine months to those who have recently completed their studies, with a focus on candidates from non- and under-represented OSCE participating States.

Candidates interested in this programme are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Employment Opportunities: Other Positions

Temporary positions

From time to time and on an ad-hoc basis, the OSCE requires services of temporary IT assistants, finance assistants, administrative assistants, secretaries, clerks, messengers, receptionists, cleaners and drivers to act as leave replacement or to assist during peak periods.

If you are not currently working and/or would like to work for short periods, please complete the off-line application form and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Consultants

If you have extensive experience as a consultant with international organizations and would like to be added to our roster of consultants, please complete the off-line application form and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Expertise is sought particularly in the fields of IT systems and general administration. When applying, please indicate that you would like to be included in the "OSCE Consultants" roster.

Internships/Traineeships

The OSCE offers a limited number of places for interns which are filled subject to current needs and facilities of various Departments. The internship usually lasts between two to six months. An internship does not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE. The OSCE is not in a position to provide financial assistance to the selected interns.

Interns can support the work of the following offices in the Secretariat in Vienna and the OSCE Office in Prague:

  • Office of the Secretary General (Vienna): Press and Public Information, Legal Services, Internal Oversight, External Co-operation Section, Gender Issues
  • Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU)
  • Action Against Terrorism Unit (ATU)
  • Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA)
  • Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC)
  • Department of Management and Finance (DMF)
  • Department of Human Resources (DHR)
  • OSCE Documentation Centre (Prague)

and of the following institutions and field operations:

  • Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media (FOM) (Vienna)
  • High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) (The Hague)
  • OSCE Presence in Albania
  • OSCE Office in Yerevan, Armenia
  • OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • OSCE Mission in Kosovo (follow procedure under "contacts" / OSCE Mission in Kosovo)
  • OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje (for an internship with this Mission, please apply online)
  • OSCE Mission to Moldova (interns require working knowledge of either Russian or Romanian)
  • OSCE Mission to Serbia (please check the Mission website for a current open vacancy)
  • OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine
  • OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Field operations and institutions not listed above are currently not accepting applications for internships at this moment.

Requirements

  • Students in the final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level; or recent graduates or postgraduates, i.e. within one year of graduation.
  • The upper age limit for applicants is 30 years.
  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of English, both oral and written and computer literacy.
  • In addition to these minimal requirements, missions may have additional requirements, listed in brackets after the mission name above.

How to apply

To apply, please download the internship application form on the OSCE website, complete it, write a short essay explaining your motivation and send these by post, fax or e-mail to the institution or mission where you wish to apply for the internship (address on the right column of this page). You can add a CV, but no other documents. We recommend that applications be sent well in advance (at least 3 months) before the envisaged period of internship.

Please note that only applicants who succeed in the initial screening will receive a response. Due to the large amount of applications received, telephone, e-mail or telefax enquiries cannot be dealt with.

Contacts

OSCE Secretariat

  • Department of Human Resources, Recruitment Section, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
  • Fax: +43 1 514 36 6996

OSCE Prague Office

  • Nam. Pod Kastany 2, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
  • Fax: +420 233 085 484

OSCE Mission to Serbia

  • Cakorska 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
  • Fax: +381-11 3606 119

OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Fra Andjela Zvizdovica 1, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Fax: +387 33 442 479

OSCE Office in Yerevan

  • 64/1 Sundukyan Street, 0012 Yerevan, Armenia
  • Fax: +374 10 229615

OSCE Mission in Kosovo

  • Fax: +381 38 240 711

OSCE Mission to Moldova

  • 108 str. Mitropolit Dosoftei, MD-2012 Chisinau, Moldova
  • Tel: +373 22 22 34 95
  • Fax: +373 22 22 34 96

Link http://www.osce.org/employment/13111.html

Researcher-in-Residence Programme

The researcher-in-residence programme is run by the Prague Office of the OSCE Secretariat. Researchers are granted access to all records and to numerous topical compilations related to OSCE field activities.

The Prague Office of the OSCE Secretariat is responsible for maintaining major CSCE/OSCE conference documents in hard copy and digital files issued since 1973 to date. Most of these records are available in the six official OSCE languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Programme

The duration of a researcher-in-residence's stay is envisaged as being from two to three months, although this period can be flexible, depending on the precise nature of the research and the schedule of the Prague Office. Selected applicants are provided with the use of an office and computer (including unlimited access to the Web and a personal e-mail account) as well as free use of fax and copying machines. However, the researcher - or his or her sending Institution - is responsible for meeting all other costs, including accommodation.

Researchers can use this opportunity to continue ongoing projects (such as doctoral or masters' theses, development of curriculum material) or they may engage in any other project such as gathering bibliography materials for a book or a specialized article. On completion of their research project, the Office should receive two copies of their work (whether published or unpublished) to be deposited in the OSCE document collection. The work should preferably be in one of the six official OSCE languages.

Application

Applications should be sent to the Senior Assistant for Documentation and Information by e-mail, fax or post, and should include:

  • Statement of intention including preferred dates. Please note: the research schedule can be full up to six months in advance.
  • Full outline of the project including sources of funding
  • Curriculum Vitae including publications and / or academic credentials, as applicable

Contacts

  • OSCE Prague Office, Nam. pod Kastany 2 - Praha 6, 160 00 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Tel: +420/233 085 468
  • Fax: +420/233 085 848
 
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