Project Officer, Vienna, Austria
Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
City: Vienna, Austria
Office: OSCE Vienna
Closing date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021
The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the institutions.
Vacancy number VNSECP01618 Vacancy type International Contracted Field of expertise General Staff / Monitoring Functions Grade P3 Number of posts 1 Duty station Vienna Date of issue 10 March 2021 Deadline for application 31 March 2021 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Please note that this position is funded under an Extra-Budgetary (ExB) Project which runs until 31 January 2022. Further extension is subject to continuation of the Structured Dialogue process and funding availability.
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 Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.
The Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) plays a key role in supporting and co-ordinating the OSCE’s activities in the field, in providing analysis and policy advice to the Secretary General (SG) and the Chairmanship, in leading work on all aspects of the conflict cycle, and in supporting the various formats dealing with protracted conflicts. The CPC also serves as the focal point in the Secretariat for co-ordinating and developing the OSCE’s role in the politico-military dimension.
The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is the main OSCE body dealing with the politico-military aspects of security and provides a forum for political dialogue for OSCE participating States. The FSC Support section within the Conflict Prevention Centre at the OSCE Secretariat supports the work of the FSC by providing technical support and expertise. In this respect, the Section acts as a focal point and prepares reports and overviews on military information exchanged by participating States. The Section also fosters implementation of Confidence and Security-building Measures (CSBMs) and develops assistance projects with regard to Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Conventional Ammunition.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct the supervision of Senior FSC Support Officer, support the Chair of the Informal Working Group and the Coordinator on the Structured Dialogue, the Project Officer (Structured Dialogue) will perform the following tasks:
Providing advice to the Chair of the IWG on issues related to Structured Dialogue at Ambassadorial level;Analysing food-for-thought papers and conducting academic research to produce policy papers/proposals related to the meetings of the Structured Dialogue;Drafting speeches/policy papers/draft agendas/concepts/substantive reports and analysis for the Chair of the IWG and OSCE senior management;Ensuring proper branding and visibility of Structured Dialogue among various target audiences, including participating States, academia, IOs and NGOs and the wider public;Serving as liaison between the Chair of the IWG and the Secretariat on issues related to Structured Dialogue;Making necessary administrative arrangements for conducting meetings of the IWG on Structured Dialogue, including venue, interpretation, catering, travel;Making presentations in security-related seminars held by other international organizations, academic institutions or participating States; and taking part in events related to CSBMs and military aspects of security;Performing other duties as assigned.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat
First-level university degree in international relations, security and peace studies, political science;
At least 6 years of professional experience at the international level with issues related to military aspects of security, conventional arms control and CSBMs;
Knowledge of the Structured Dialogue process is an asset;
Professional fluency in the English language including excellent drafting skills; knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
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Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,470, 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
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 candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment 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.
Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see
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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