Associate Investigation Officer, Vienna

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

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an 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, 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 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 assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization’s internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

The Investigation section of OIO independently assesses and, as appropriate, investigates indications/allegations of potential misconduct, malfeasance, waste of resources, or other violations of the OSCE’s Regulatory Framework. As a result, OIO prepares reports on such situations for the attention of the OSCE Secretary General and relevant Heads of Missions/Institutions which may be used as a basis for evidence-based accountability mechanisms. In an appraisal and advisory capacity, the investigation section of OIO also participates in the protection of the OSCE against fraud through recommendations aimed at strengthening prevention, detection and deterrence at all levels in the Organization.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the 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.

Specific tasks involve carrying out diligences aimed at assessing whether allegations are substantiated and also involve planning, organizing, conducting, and reporting on investigations within OIO’s mandate. This includes obtaining and analyzing evidence and conducting interviews, as well as drafting and finalizing reports and communications. As Associate Investigation Officer, you will also support the Office of Internal Oversight’s counter-fraud activities by assessing the potential for fraud and other violations in selected executive structures, processes, programmes and projects and by delivering trainings and other briefings on fraud/misconduct related subjects, as needed.

More specifically, you will be tasked with the following:

Assessing incoming allegations to determine whether they are substantiated and represent a prima facie case of misconduct, and providing recommendations to the Senior Investigator;
Planning, developing, conducting and drafting reports on administrative fact-finding investigations in compliance with OSCE applicable instructions, policies and practices and the Uniform Guidelines for International Investigators;
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 reports, recommending corrective actions as appropriate, and undertaking post-investigation tasks as relevant;
Providing guidance and advice to investigative teams;
Making proposals for improving investigation practices, policies and procedures, and internal Audit working programmes, as appropriate;
Developing and proposing recommended improvements of a remedial and/or innovative nature to improve the control and accountability framework of OSCE;
Following up on implementation of recommendations, appraising their adequacy based on the results achieved by the actions undertaken;
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.

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

Necessary Qualifications:

First-level university degree in law, applied criminal justice, business administration, accounting, or another relevant discipline;
A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in investigative activities (including contexts such as judicial procedures and internal audit work);
Demonstrated experience investigating complex and serious cases of fraud, corruption and other misconduct;
Demonstrated experience using research, analytical and problem-solving skills including ability 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, with excellent written and spoken communication skills; working knowledge of another official OSCE language is desirable;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.

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

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Requisition ID: INT00000E

Contract Type: International Secondment

Grade: S

Job Type: Seconded

Number of posts: 1

Location: SEC - OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Issue Date: Nov 4, 2022

Closing Date: Jan 31, 2023

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

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

Job Field: Auditing / Internal Oversight

Target Start Date: As soon as possible

Link to the organization’s job posting: