The OSCE offers fixed term contracts for positions at the Secretariat, institutions and, to a limited extent and mainly in the area of administration, at its missions. Remuneration package and terms of employment are similar to those of the United Nations Common System:

  • General Service (GS)
  • Junior Professionals (grades P1, P2)
  • Middle-ranking Professionals (grades P3, P4)
  • Management Professionals (grades P5, D)


Applicants for positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) category are required to have a university degree, including several years of experience at national and/or international level in a relevant field of expertise. Postgraduate specialization is necessary for a number of positions.

Applicants for positions in the General Service (GS) category are required to have a good level of completed secondary education, supplementary courses related to the functions of the position and the commensurate number of years of relevant working experience.


We encourage applicants for contracted positions to use the online application system provided. However, if you have any difficulties with your Internet connection you may use the offline application form found under "Links" and send the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail

In case e-mail is not available, hard copies may be sent by mail to the respective addresses (Secretariat, ODIHR and HCNM) on the right.

Please note that the online application system undergoes regular maintenance during which the site is temporarily unavailable. The planned maintenance schedule is available here.


The Recruitment Section, together with the hiring department, reviews all applications received and draws up a short list of four to five qualified candidates to be invited for an interview. Applicants will be contacted only if invited for interview.


The selection is made after an interview with a panel of three or four Board Members from various departments of the OSCE. In addition, for a number of positions there is a test with questions specific to the position. Candidates interviewed will normally be advised of the outcome of the selection process after a period of three weeks. The OSCE is not in a position to notify all other applicants who have not been short-listed.