Secretary General meets JPOs


The call for applications for OSCE's JPO Programme is open till 18 March 2020

The OSCE needs your skills!

Do you hold a first-level university degree in (South)-Eastern Europe and Central Asia or Peace and Conflict studies?

Do you like working in Communications?

Do you possess a degree in Terrorism studies, Political Sciences or Security studies?

Do you have experience in conducting thematic research & analysis and are you keen on drafting policy papers?

Do you have a background in Economics or Enviornmental studies, Gender, Law or Human Resources?

Do you have work experience or knowledge in Project or Programme Management?

Do you speak Russian?


Programme Overview

The overall goal of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is to provide the selected JPOs with a comprehensive overview of the Organization, and in particular familiarize them with the OSCE programmatic approach and regulatory framework. In addition, the aim is to equip JPOs with important skills and abilities to build their professional career in an international and multicultural environment, exposing them to experience at both Secretariat and field level. This will further enable them to compete for future entry-level positions in the international civil service sector.

During their one-year assignment, JPOs will work at two different duty stations and might therefore have the opportunity to focus on two different subject areas. First, there will be a six-month period at the Secretariat (September 2020 until March 2021) followed by another six-month period in one of the OSCE field operations (March 2021 until September 2021).

We advise interested candidates who have graduated in a field relevant to the OSCE's activities to check the OSCE employment website under seconded vacancies to apply using the online application form.

For more information about OSCE’s Junior Professional Officer Programme please watch the webinar on JPO Opportunities.


General Requirements

The 2020 JPO Programme is open to: 1) nationals of OSCE participating States which agree to fund Junior Professional Officers for this one-year, and 2) for a limited (maximum five) number of nationals of OSCE participating States who do are not in the position to sponsor;

  • Candidates should be under the age of 30 on the deadline of this vacancy notice;
  • Completed first-level degree from accredited universities in a field of study relevant to OSCE's mandate. This may include degrees in: economics/environmental studies, educational/social sciences, international (criminal) law, terrorism studies, Central Asian or East European studies, peace and conflict studies, finance, accounting, human resources. Furthermore, graduates from recognized police and military academies are also eligible;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely is mandatory; Knowledge of other OSCE official languages, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Awareness of the importance of integrating a diversity perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated open-mindedness, flexibility, high motivation and readiness to take on challenges;
  • Previous work experience in a relevant field would be an asset.

If you wish to apply, please note that your application is subject to nomination by your authorities. This applies for both candidates sponsored by the OSCE (Unified Budget) or funded directly by your participating State. For more information about sponsorship and nomination consideration please enquire with your participating State via the contact email address

Direct application to the OSCE Secretariat without nomination shall not be considered.

For detailed information on available assignments, stipend and how to apply, please visit the vacancy notice on our official jobs site. If you'd like to hear JPOs talk about the impact of the experience on their career journeys, please visit our webinar outreach page.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process. Candidates sponsored by participating States must liaise directly with the seconding authorities for details. Applicants considered for positions sponsored directly by the OSCE are not contacted by headhunters or recruiters directly.