Who we are
The OSCE is a forum for political dialogue on a wide range of security issues and a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The organization uses a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions. Through this approach, and with its inclusive membership, the OSCE helps bridge differences and build trust between states by co-operating on conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
With its Institutions, expert units and network of field operations, the OSCE addresses issues that have an impact on our common security, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratization, media freedom and national minorities.
Why work for the OSCE
Be a positive force for change
There are many reasons to come and work for us, but the most important is because what we do matters. Nothing beats the individual sense of accomplishment in knowing you are making a difference to the world. And it is not just colleagues on the front line– our Organization is filled with “behind the scenes” people, whose administrative and managerial work is essential to making sure we deliver the OSCE’s mission.
A wide range of opportunities
Our work covers many spheres, from political and military, economic and environmental to human rights; offering both work for specialists in those areas and the very important tasks of administrative, finance, human resources and information technology that allows us to work efficiently and effectively day by day.
What we offer
We are a non-career organization, and offer limited periods of service, but with the possibility to move within the organization. We recruit fixed-term professional and general service staff, seconded professionals from participating states, and temporary staff. We also hire consultants where specialized programmatic and administrative expertise is needed.
Types of employment
Fields of expertise
Positions are available in the following areas of work:
- Administration and support (including finance, transportation, supply and logistics, IT, human resources, audit, security, conference and language services)
- Civilian police
- Economic and environmental affairs
- General staff/monitoring functions
- Human rights (including combating trafficking in human beings & gender issues)
- Media affairs
- Military affairs (including anti-terrorism, arms control & border management)
- Political affairs
- Rule of law
The majority of all international positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment (S): individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State. Secondments are generally for an initial period of twelve months, with possibility of extension. The OSCE pays a board and lodging allowance to cover living expenses for positions located in a field duty station. A number of positions at the Secretariat and Institutions are also filled by secondment. For these posts, all costs (both salary and living expenses) must be borne by the seconding authority. Vacancy notices for seconded positions are published on the OSCE website.
Applicants for positions at the Professional (P) category are required to have a university degree and several years of experience at national and/or international level in a relevant field of expertise. In addition, post-graduate specialization and management experience is necessary for a number of senior P and Director (D) positions. Applicants for positions in the National Professional (NP) category in the field operations are required to have a university degree and the relevant number of years of working experience. Applicants for positions in the General Service (GS) category are required to have completed secondary education, supplementary courses related to the functions of the position and the relevant number of years of working experience.
Levels of professional competency
- Heads and Deputy Heads of Mission
- Senior Management (e.g. Heads of Departments)
- Middle Management (e.g. Section Chiefs, Team Leaders)
- Senior professional
The OSCE recruits consultants to provide advisory services and expert assistance on a short-term and ad-hoc basis to complement the work of regular staff members or for specific projects. Interested individuals with at least six years of specialized expertise are encouraged to browse the OSCE website for
The OSCE offers short-term positions on an ad-hoc basis. More information is available on the OSCE website.
Interested? How to apply?
Employment opportunities are advertised on the OSCE website under:
www.osce.org/employment/. Applicants are expected to have proficiency in the English language. Knowledge of other OSCE working languages is an asset. The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation. Certain limitations exist on the periods of service for professional staff in a given post, and the overall period of service with the OSCE may not exceed ten years.
Recruitment and Selection Process
Recruitment staff, in co-operation with the hiring department, review all applications received and draw up a short list of 4-6 qualified candidates for competency-based interview either in person or by video conference/telephone with a panel of 3-4 board members from various departments of the OSCE. In addition, candidates can expect to take a written test with questions specific to the position. Selection is based on both the results of the interview and the test. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in due course.
Further details, including information about the OSCE Competency Model, are available under http://www.osce.org/employment/108718
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Women, peace, and security
The OSCE recognizes that equal rights and opportunities for women and men are fundamental to achieving comprehensive security, and has committed to ensuring that a gender perspective is integrated into all its activities. To do this effectively, the Secretariat’s Gender Section gives support to all OSCE structures, field operations and participating States.
The OSCE’s work is guided by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 governing the women, peace, and security agenda. The Resolution recognizes the pivotal role women play in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction. The Organization focuses on issues with a specific security-related context, such as early warning mechanisms, conflict management and mediation, and women’s equal participation in reconstruction efforts. It provides technical briefings to governments to help them implement the Resolution, publishes material to promote increased women’s participation throughout the cycle of conflicts, and ensures that women’s grassroots groups are included in conflict resolution and reconciliation processes.
Women’s economic empowerment
Economic empowerment of women is one of the most important contributing factors to gender equality and to addressing poverty reduction and improving access to services such as health and education. Through its field operations, the OSCE supports women entrepreneurs to access resources and build networks; provides training and legal advice on how to open and run a business; and supports the development of gender-sensitive national migration policies to ensure equal opportunities and protection for both male and female labour migrants.
Employee Spotlight – Helen Brunner deCastris
Helen Brunner deCastris is currently holding the position of Director for the Department of Management and Finance at the OSCE Secretariat. She has over 23 years of professional work experience in finance, management and audit in both the public and private sector. She is a US Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Auditing Professional, Prince2 Project Manager and has a Certificate in Public Procurement.
Prior to her current assignment, Helen was the Deputy Director for Budget and Finance Services at the OSCE Department of Management Finance for 3 years. Before joining OSCE, she was with the UN system as Section Head of Financial Policy and Internal Controls and as IPSAS Project Manager for 5 1/2 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Prior to that she was responsible for Strategic Planning and Budget at the Preparatory Commission for the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Before joining the public sector in 1998, she worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers for 5 years as an Auditor and then as Controller.
Helen has successfully led numerous large and cross-organizational reform projects during her career where she has demonstrated her ability to deliver complex and high-profile change management projects in various international organizations.
In her challenging position as the new Director for the Department of Management and Finance (comprising over 100 staff) Helen provides leadership, direction, management and policy guidance in relation to the proper management of OSCE financial and material resources. She is also a part of the senior executive leadership team at OSCE and directly supports the Secretary General of the OSCE on all administrative and financial matters.