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OSCE seeks Project Officer

OSCE 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 21 Jun 2017

Job Description

Project Officer

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 and the Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) in relation to field-related activities and is the focal point in the Secretariat for co-ordinating and developing the OSCE’s role in the politico-military dimension.

The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is the main OSCE body dealing with the politico-military aspects of security and provides a forum for political dialogue for OSCE participating States. The FSC Support section within the Conflict Prevention Centre at the OSCE Secretariat supports the work of the FSC by providing technical support and expertise. In this respect, the Section acts as a focal point and prepares reports and overviews on military information exchanged by participating States. The Section also fosters implementation of Confidence and Security-building Measures (CSBMs) and develops assistance projects with regard to Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Conventional Ammunition.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior FSC Support Officer, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:


  • Advising the FSC Chairmanship and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and others on financial, technical and managerial aspects of SALW and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA) projects;
  • Developing project proposals and co-ordinating project implementation with the OSCE field operations and partner organizations;
  • Initiating, planning, fundraising for and managing large scale SALW and SCA projects implemented by the OSCE Secretariat;
  • Assisting the Troika of the Forum of Security Co-operation (FSC) in preparing weekly meetings of the FSC within the area of SALW and SCA project activities and representing the FSC Support Section at the working bodies of the FSC accordingly; assisting the FSC SALW/SCA Project Co-ordinator and informing/providing regular feedback to the participating States on the implementation of projects;
  • Organizing and taking part in seminars, expert meetings, workshops, training programmes and other events for the benefit of participating States on the implementation of CSBMs project activities and other issues in the politico-military dimension;
  • Representing the FSC Support Section at delegations, international organizations, academic institutions, NGOs and other agencies on issues related to CSBMs, SALW and SCA projects;
  • Providing input in budget and procurement processes;
  • Performing other duties as required.


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

Necessary Qualifications

  • First-level university degree in public security or management, international relations, defence, peace and security, law, public or business administration/management, political science or related field, as well as in-depth knowledge of international regulations on SALW and ammunition, and the project management cycle;
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in a national government or international organization, including a minimum of four years’ experience with SALW and SCA project/programme development and implementation in the OSCE region;
  • Specialized work experience in the area of international security and arms control policies and implementation practice, preferably in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Defence or international organization; good knowledge of international arms control and military affairs;
  • Excellent knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation, previous work-experience within OSCE would be an asset;
  • Extensive experience in SALW and ammunition project and procurement planning, implementation, management and evaluation;
  • Understanding of the specificity and sensitiveness of project/programme activity in the fields of Conflict Prevention, SALW and SCA, environment in countries of transition, understanding the wider context of SALW/SCA projects with its impact on the environment, public awareness and sustainability;
  • Ability to research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Relevant military background, knowledge of OSCE project management and procurement regulations would be an asset;
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of a language relevant for OSCE projects in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe or Central Asia would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion and negation skills with the 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.

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 6,160, 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.

Appointments are 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.


Only shortlisted applicants 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.


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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