Associate Investigation Officer, Vienna, Austria

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Sunday, 28 February 2021

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Vacancy number: VNSECP01594

Vacancy type: International Contracted

Field of expertise: Auditing / Internal Oversight

Grade: P2

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Vienna

Date of issue: 29 January 2021

Deadline for application: 28 February 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


Kindly note that appointment will be for two years, extension is subject to availability of funds.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairpersonship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization’s activities, including field operations. The work of OIO provides assurance on the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control; contributes to ensure compliance with the Organization’s regulatory framework; and helps enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Investigator, as Associate Investigation Officer, you will support the assessment of incoming indications or allegations for referral to investigation and the investigation of cases of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, waste of resources, or other violations of the Organization’s Regulatory Framework in accordance with OSCE applicable instructions, policies and practices.

More specifically, you will be responsible for the following:

Assessing incoming indications or allegations to determine whether they are substantiated and representing a prima facie case of misconduct, and providing recommendations to the Senior Investigator; Using theories, concepts and approaches relevant to administrative investigations, with an emphasis on fraud, complex information technology issues, retaliation, whistle blowing, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse and violations of OSCE financial/ administrative instructions; Assisting the Senior Investigator on complex investigations, and leading other investigations as required; Proposing investigation plans and timetables to the Senior Investigator; Conducting interviews, taking statements and analysing facts and findings, obtaining and reviewing pertinent documentation, and preparing relevant evidence with a specific attention to the chain of custody and due process; Drafting complete and concise closure and/or investigations reports, recommending action as appropriate and undertaking post-investigation tasks as relevant; Providing guidance and advice to investigative teams tasked to investigate allegations outside of OIO’s mandate; Making proposals for improving investigation practices, policies and procedures, and in Internal Audit working programmes, as appropriate; Assisting in developing and performing fraud risk assessments to identify vulnerable areas including the development of strategies for fraud prevention and detection; Developing and proposing recommended improvements of a remedial and/or innovative nature to improve the control and accountability framework of OSCE; Follow up on the implementation of recommendations, appraising their adequacy based on the results achieved by the actions undertaken; and making proposals for best practices to be incorporated within Internal Audit working programmes, or OSCE regulations, as appropriate; Performing other related duties and assignments as required.

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Necessary Qualifications

First-level university degree in law, applied criminal justice, business administration, accounting, or another relevant field;
A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in investigative activities including into such contexts as judicial procedures and internal audit work;
Demonstrated experience in investigations into complex and serious cases of fraud, corruption and other misconduct;
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Demonstrated experience using research, analytical and problem-solving skills including to efficiently and accurately, identify, assess and summarize investigative issues and findings, observations and recommendations;
Demonstrated experience in report writing and conveying complex information in a clear and concise manner;
Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting skills; working knowledge of another OSCE official language would be an asset;
Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender and diverse political views, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 5,098, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Please note that appointments are normally 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 //">https: //

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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 those applicants who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

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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.