Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Who we are

With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people, through political dialogue about shared values and through practical work that aims to make a lasting difference.

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 a network of field operations, the OSCE address 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
  • Democratization
  • Economic and environmental affairs
  • Education
  • Elections
  • 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

Seconded Positions

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 a 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.

Contracted Positions

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
  • 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


Short-term Assignments

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: 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

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Employee Spotlight

Gail Fisher, Monitoring Officer, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Gail Fisher (UK) is currently holding a position as Monitoring Officer in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. She joined the Mission in 2016.

She has graduated from Aberdeen University in the UK and is holding a university degree in Law. Gail has spent a number of years working for the British military in different areas, such as engineering, conflict analysis and human resources.

She has held various assignments with the British military such as Team Leader, Operations Manager and the most recent assignment was as the Strategic Assessments Analyst.

“Working as a Monitoring Officer has allowed me to work alongside people from a huge range of countries, cultures and experiences from across the world. The work we do exposes the impact of conflict in areas that are not easy to access.”

Marinka Franulovic, Monitoring Officer, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Marinka Franulovic (Croatia) is currently holding a position as Monitoring Officer in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. She joined the Mission in March 2015.  Marinka graduated with a master’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University Of Zagreb, Croatia.

She has over 20 years of professional work experience and has held a number of roles in many different countries, such as the Philippines and Central Asia, more specifically in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan,  Kazakhstan and Russian Federation.

Her career focus was mainly in the areas related to law, diplomacy and human rights. Prior to her current assignment, she has worked for the Croatian Embassy in Moscow covering also culture, education, science and sports.

Marinka considers her career as the OSCE SMM monitor as an important and meaningful addition to her long-term international carrier and she is grateful for the possibility to utilize wide range of her professional skills in the dynamic monitoring work.

As a gender expert, she particularly enjoys working in the diverse international working environment where equality principles are cherished and efforts put to integrate them in all key areas of the Mission work.  “This itself makes me delighted to add OSCE to my rather atypical career journey.” – she concludes.

“I have a daily opportunity to observe how differently the conflict affects men and women, boys and girls and how diverse are their security needs. The SMM is all about teamwork and my role is often to connect numerous vulnerable civilians with the OSCE partner agencies.”

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 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 the 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.

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