In order to apply for a position within the OSCE you must complete the relevant application form. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. Please be advised that if your current or previous experience is with the United Nations or other international organizations using a similar post grading system, the grade/step should be added to the "Exact Job Title" in the "Employment History" section of the application form.
Important note: country/citizenship requirements
Vacancies at the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of its 57 participating States. OSCE Partners for Co-operation can also nominate candidates for seconded posts at S1 and S2 level.
If your are not citizen of one of these countries, your application can unfortunately not be accepted.
We strongly encourage applicants for contracted positions to use the online application system provided. However, if you have difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail:
- to firstname.lastname@example.org for vacancies at the Secretariat and for professional-level (P) vacancies in field operations;
- to email@example.com for vacancies at ODIHR;
- or to firstname.lastname@example.org for vacancies at HCNM.
In case you do not have access to e-mail, hard copies may be sent by mail or fax to the respective addresses (Secretariat, ODIHR and HCNM). Applications from internal candidates will only be accepted online. Please note that the online application system undergoes regular maintenance during which the site is temporarily unavailable. The planned maintenance schedule is available here.
More information on how to submit an online application for Contracted Positions can be found here.
To apply for a seconded position, click on the Apply Online link, select your respective participating State and follow the application method shown. If your participating State is using the online application form, this form will be directed electronically to your respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or OSCE Delegation. If your participating State is not using the online method, you will be requested to contact your OSCE Delegation.
The screening and nomination process takes place in the respective countries. OSCE participating States are responsible for the compensation/benefit packages of seconded staff, therefore please direct all related enquiries to the designated contact point. The OSCE pays living expenses in the form of a board and lodging allowance for positions located in field duty stations. However, for secondments to the Secretariat and the Institutions, all costs are borne by the nominating authority.
Vacancy notices are posted on the OSCE website approximately 3-4 months prior to commencement and contain all relevant details.
Applicants to the JPO programme should be under 30 years of age, and must be graduates of an accredited university in fields of study relevant to the OSCE’s mandate and fields of work.
To apply for an internship in the OSCE please use the online application system and attach a short essay explaining your motivation. Vacancy notices are posted on the OSCE website and contain all relevant details.
We strongly encourage applicants for internships to use the online application system. If you wish to submit an offline application please forward it to the address as indicated in the vacancy notice.
Applicants for internship should be under 30 years of age and students in their final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level; or recent graduates or postgraduates, i.e. within two years after graduation.
Consultants (Special Service Agreements)
Current vacancies for consultancies can be found in the 'Vacancies - contracted' link.
In contrast to contracted and seconded positions, there are no geographical limitations for the hiring of consultants. If you have extensive experience in one of the fields of expertise listed below and would like to be considered for our roster of consultants, please complete the off-line application form and send it to email@example.com When applying, please indicate that you would like to be included in the "OSCE Consultants" roster ” and indicate your field of expertise.
We regret that due to the large volume of applications received, you will only be contacted if an assignment matching your professional experience arises.
Temporary positions (Short-term Appointments)
If you would like to work for a short period and are available at short notice, please complete the off-line application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Experts/Young Diplomats Programme
Vacancy notices are posted on the OSCE website approximately 2-3 months prior to commencement and contain all relevant details
Applicants to this programme should be under 35 years of age, nationals of an OSCE Partner for Co-operation State and graduates of an accredited university in fields of study relevant to the OSCE’s mandate and fields of work.
Applicants should download the offline application form, complete it and submit it to their Ministry of Foreign Affairs.