Senior Co-ordination Adviser, Vienna, Austria

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Monday, 17 May 2021

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Vacancy number: VNSECP01637

Vacancy type: International Contracted

Field of expertise: Political Affairs

Grade: P4

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Vienna

Date of issue: 19 April 2021

Deadline for application: 17 May 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


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, 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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) plays a key role in supporting the Secretary General in the effective implementation of his/her mandate and specific tasks given to him/her by the OSCE participating States. This includes primarily assisting the Secretary General in his/her activities, serving as a focal point for liaison and support to the Chairperson-in-Office, and co-ordinating tasks across the Secretariat. It groups horizontal services such as Executive Management, Communications and Media Relations, Legal Services, External Co-operation, Security Management, Gender Issues, Conference and Language Services, Central Records Management, and oversees the OSCE Documentation Centre in Prague (DCiP). The OSG ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairmanship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also functions as the Head of Executive Management.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Secretary General and the direct supervision of the Director of the Office of the Secretary General (Director/OSG) and in close co-operation with the Senior Adviser, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Secretary General as Senior Co-ordination Advsier within the Executive Management Section. More specifically, he/she will perform the following duties:

Co-ordinating, including with relevant Secretariat Departments/Units, the preparation and consolidation of inputs for the Secretary General, including speeches, travel files, analytical reports, talking points, briefing notes, background and other documents; Co-ordinating and liaising with all other Secretariat Departments/Units in order to report and advise on thematic matters to the Director/OSG and the Secretary General; Participating in internal management meetings and as appropriate, preparing meeting notes. May at times represent the Secretary General and/or the Director/OSG at these meetings; Supporting the Director/OSG in ensuring that proper internal co-ordination precedes decision-making; In close co-operation with the Senior Adviser, assisting the Director/OSG in reviewing incoming correspondence and documents before they reach the attention of the Secretary General, when appropriate, providing recommendation on the follow-up edits and revisions, ensuring the document flow functions efficiently; Serving as the primary contact point for Chairmanship support within OSG in ensuring proper co-ordination and follow-up to tasks from the Chair and Troika; Acting on behalf of the Secretary General and the Director of the Office of the Secretary General on administrative, financial and human resources-related matters, in close co-ordination with the Directors of the Departments of Management and Finance, Human Resources and Internal Oversight; When requested, represent the Secretary General and/or the Director/OSG in internal management meetings and interview boards, decision-making meetings and negotiating bodies and their working groups and, as appropriate, preparing meeting notes and recommendations for follow-up; Co-ordinating activities of Units of the Office of the Secretary General, particularly in relation to budget-related documentation (statement of programmatic priorities, programme Outline, unified budget, programme budget performance report, mid-year-review), ensuring the implementation of sound financial management and budgeting for the Office; Monitoring and reviewing budgetary allocations, transactions and documents, and ensuring implementation of procedures to control budget and expenditures. Ensuring that effective monitoring reports and data is provided regularly. Identifying deviations from plans and proposing corrective measures; Preparing files and internal papers for the Secretary General, advising him/her and the Director/OSG on administrative, financial and personnel matters; As appropriate, closely liaising with the participating States in order to best advise the Secretary General and the Director/OSG on management issues and developments; Performing other related duties as assigned.

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Necessary Qualifications

Second-level university degree preferably in international relations, business/administration, social sciences, public, international, business law. A first-level degree in combination with three years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu;
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience in administration and coordination of work in a dynamic office environment, preferably in a large governmental, intergovernmental or international organization;
Sound judgement and high levels of tact and political sensitivity in routinely interacting with senior officials, prior experience in working across an extensive network of senior internal and external stakeholders would be an asset;
Previous experience in effectively reviewing, developing and managing workflows and standard operating procedures, communication flows and protocol procedures is strongly desirable;
Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Proven managerial and analytical skills; high degree of initiative with ability to proactively identify problems and recommend solutions;
Good knowledge of the OSCE and its areas of activity;
Professional fluency in English with drafting, editing and report-writing skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications, as well as commonly used virtual work applications such as Teams, Zoom or Webex.

Required competencies

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles

Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

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

Remuneration Package

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,804 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

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Only those candidates 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.

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 //">

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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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