Director for Management and Finance, Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Thursday, 2 February 2023


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 Department of Management and Finance (DMF) is responsible for managing the material and financial resources of the Organization. The objective of DMF is to provide efficient and effective management of non-staff resources in support of OSCE programmatic activities. It provides policy guidance on the management of OSCE financial and material resources and develops and maintains OSCE Financial Regulations and Rules and Financial Administrative Instructions. DMF consists of Budget and Finance Services, Mission Support Section, Information and Communication Technology Section and the Information Security and Co-ordination Unit.

Under the guidance of the Director, DMF, these sections provide services and expert advice in the areas of budget, finance, information and communication technology, information security, procurement, travel, assets management, building management, and internal control. DMF directly supports the Secretariat and also provides policy guidance and support to institutions and field operations.

The OSCE is committed to gender equality. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Secretary General, the Director for Management and Finance is a member of the senior management team and provides strategic direction for DMF in a complex and dynamic environment, planning, co-ordinating and directing the administrative and financial activities.

As a part of the senior executive leadership team, you will directly support the Secretary General on administrative and financial matters in his/her functions as the Chief Administrative Officer of the OSCE. More specifically, you will be responsible for:

Providing leadership, general guidance and advice in the development of the administrative and financial elements of the common regulatory management system (CRMS) and its application throughout the OSCE;
Co-ordinating and controlling the budget process, the management of OSCE’s material and financial resources, and its documentation;
Pursuing the management reform of the OSCE by adopting best practices in administrative support systems and procedures;
Providing authoritative expert advice and support to the OSCE Institutions and field operations;
Ensuring a well-functioning information and communication infrastructure;
Directly supervising the management team, managing over 90 DMF staff members, and leading DMF operational activities by setting targets, establishing priorities and overseeing the operations in three sections: Budget and Finance Services, Mission Support Section, Information and Communication Technology Services;
Performing other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see

Necessary Qualifications:

Second-level university degree in finance, accounting, business/public administration or a related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
A minimum of twelve years of progressively responsible experience at the senior management and policy-making level, in international private enterprise, governmental or international organizations;
Demonstrated financial and budgetary responsibility and experience in the development of comprehensive administrative norms;
Experience with results-based management systems and risk management methodologies;
Political sensitivity and excellent judgement, including strong analytical and negotiation skills;
Ability to lead changes in management processes;
Ability to provide leadership and motivation; ability to supervise a large number of staff and to plan the work and manage organizational units involved in diverse administrative functions;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Professional fluency in English, both oral and written; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Excellent communication skills and writing ability;
Knowledge and understanding of integrated IT systems.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 11,800, with the actual monthly salary 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.

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 4 years.

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

Additional Information

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Requisition ID: SEC000102

Contract Type: International Contracted

Grade: D1

Job Level: Director

Job Type: Contracted

Number of posts: 1

Location: SEC - OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Issue Date: Dec 22, 2022

Closing Date: Feb 2, 2023

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

Job Field: Budget & Finance

Target Start Date: As soon as possible

Link to the organization’s job posting: