Associate Technology Officer, OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021


The position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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 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 Chairpersonship, 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 Communications and Technology Unit (CTU) within the Conflict Prevention Centre supports all Executive Structures and field operations across the OSCE on matters regarding the operational aspects of communication and technology.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

As Associate Technology Officer, under the overall supervision of the Chief, Communications and Technology Unit, you will be responsible for the accomplishment and co-ordination of the following tasks:

Liaising with other departments within the Secretariat and, in particular, the CPC’s Operations Service (OS) and the Information and Communication Technology Service (ICTS), in addressing the technological needs of the OSCE’s Executive Structures and Field Operations (FO’s);
Communicating with other Departments, Executive Structures and FO’s on technologies such as surveillance and monitoring technologies, technologies pertaining to military-type operations or other specific needs to carry out their objectives and if necessary, travel to remote OSCE locations;
Identifying, suggesting, designing and developing appropriate technologies and solutions as well as liaising with vendors and specialists as appropriate to conduct these duties;
Training users, organizing User Group Meetings (UGM) and ensure discipline on the use of the technologies by improving procedures and protocols;
Performing other related work as assigned.

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Necessary Qualifications:

First-level university degree in in a technological field such as telecommunications, electrical or electronic engineering;
Minimum of four years of progressive experience in national or enterprise-level technological service;
Military experience desired - especially in the field of surveillance technologies preferably in an international set up;
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;
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Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
Professional fluency in the English language, both oral and written; knowledge the Russian language would be an asset.

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 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

Additional Information

Requisition ID: COM00000D

Contract Type: International Secondment

Grade: S

Location: OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Posting Date: Aug 17, 2021

External Closing Date: Sep 21, 2021

Job Type: Seconded

Job Level: Professional

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)

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