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OSCE seeks Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic & Environmental Activities (m/f)

OSCE 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 13 Okt 2016

Job Description

The OSCE seeks a:

Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (m/f)

The principle objective of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) is to assist the OSCE participating States in strengthening security and stability in the OSCE region by promoting international co-operation on economic and environmental issues. The mandate of the OCEEA is guided by the OSCE Strategy Document for the Economic and Environmental Dimension, adopted by the OSCE Ministerial Council in Maastricht in December 2003. The Office currently comprises 22 staff members.

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

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities acts in support, and under the direct supervision of the Secretary General, to strengthen the ability of the Permanent Council and the OSCE Institutions to address the economic, social and environmental aspects of security.

The successful candidate:

  • is instrumental in assisting participating States in implementing the mandate and relevant OSCE commitments, with the objective of achieving dynamic and result-oriented OSCE activities in the Economic and Environmental Dimension;
  • brings to the attention of the Permanent Council and its Economic and Environmental Sub-Committee economic, environmental and social issues and developments which pose a threat to or might affect security and stability in the OSCE area;
  • is responsible for enhancing OSCE interaction through regular consultations with international economic organizations, financial institutions and organizations active in the environmental field, particularly partner organizations in the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative as well as with regional, sub-regional and trans-border economic co-operation organizations, to assess potential security risks;
  • initiates, develops and implements OSCE projects in the Economic and Environmental Dimension and supports field presences in their project activities;
  • strengthens the economic, social and environmental components of the work of the OSCE missions, increases interaction with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as well as broadens OSCE interaction with representatives of the business community, business associations and non-governmental organizations;
  • develops, on the basis of input from participating States and other OSCE Institutions, a work programme for the implementation of strategic documents for the Economic and Environmental Dimension as well as follow up to meetings such as the Economic and Environmental Forum;
  • reports regularly to the Economic and Environmental Subcommittee of the Permanent Council and to the Permanent Council on key activities and engages in systematic dialogue with the participating States and OSCE Institutions on all issues of relevance to the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension;
  • performs other related duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, please see:

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in international relations, law, economics or business administration, with substantial knowledge of economics, business administration and social sciences; expertise in problems of transitions to a market economy and sustainable development would be an additional asset;
  • A distinguished record of service with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience, including a minimum of seven years at a senior level of responsibility, in areas related to economic and environmental issues, particularly in the area covered by the OSCE;
  • Dynamic personality with results-oriented approach and knowledge of principles of project management;
  • Professional fluency in English is required; working knowledge of other OSCE working languages is desirable;
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team and supervise staff;
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including tact, discretion and political sensitivity with sound judgement and a high level of integrity;
  • Extensive experience in working with other international organizations and institutions;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration will vary between EUR 10,204 (single rate) and EUR 11,040 (dependency rate) 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.

Appointment will be 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 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.

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.

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.

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