Applicants are invited to apply by using the online recruitment system. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. 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.

Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last minute to submit their application since heavy internet traffic or other dysfunctions could lead to difficulties in submission. The Organization shall not be held responsible for such difficulties and applications which are incomplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Please ensure that the contact details (telephone numbers, email addresses) that you provide on your application form are up-to-date.

To learn more about the recruitment process at the OSCE, please visit Recruitment Process at the OSCE | OSCE Employment


Important note: country/citizenship requirements

Contracted and Seconded vacancies at the OSCE are open for application only to nationals of its 57 participating States. OSCE Partners for Co-operation can also nominate candidates for Seconded positions at S1 and S2 level. If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, your application will not be accepted unless you are applying for a consultancy position.


Contracted positions

Candidates applying for contracted positions are invited to use the online application system provided. For more information on this employment modality, visit this page and watch our webinars


Seconded positions

To apply for a seconded position, select the job at our online application system, click on “Apply for Job” and proceed with the next steps to log in, including selecting your respective participating State. 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 nominating authority submitting your offline application form for further processing. You can learn more about your nominating authority and their contact details on this page. 

The screening and nomination process takes place in the respective countries. The OSCE pays living expenses in the form of a board and lodging allowance for positions located in field duty stations. For secondments to the Secretariat and to the Institutions, all costs are borne by the nominating authority. For additional information regarding compensation/benefit packages of seconded staff, please direct all related enquiries to the designated contact point.

For more information on this employment modality, visit this page and watch our webinars


Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

Vacancy notices are announced on our online application system approximately 3-4 months prior to commencement.

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. 

For more information on this employment modality, please visit this page



To apply for an internship in the OSCE please use our online application system and explain your motivation in the cover letter section of the application form. Vacancy notices are posted on the OSCE website and contain all relevant details.

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 three years after graduation.

For more information on this employment modality, please visit this page.


Consultants (Special Service Agreements)

Please be informed that as of 1 January 2021, we no longer accept unsolicited/offline application for Special Service Agreements (SSAs)/consultancy positions. We would kindly ask you to consult our current vacancies and apply for consultancy positions in your area of expertise for which you fulfil the minimum requirements. For more information on this employment modality, please visit this page


Temporary positions (Short-term Appointments/Assignments) 

If you would like to work for a short period and are available at short notice, please update your candidate profile on online application system and inform us at


Candidate support 

In case of any recruitment related question, please feel free to contact the relevant email addresses below and remember to quote the vacancy notice number and job title in the subject line to:

If you require support with you candidate account on TALEO, please contact

If you encounter technical problems while applying for a job opening, the issue may be internet browser-related. In the first instance we recommend that you erase any cookies and history prior to using our online application system. We further recommend using the Chrome browser. However, if technical issues continue to arise, please contact with further information on the issue you are experiencing and, if possible, by providing screen shots (The ICT Helpdesk is available on weekdays, except OSCE holidays, from 09:00 to 17:00 CET/CEST). 

Please note that the online application system undergoes regular maintenance during which time the site is temporarily unavailable. Vacancies expiring during a planned maintenance will be extended automatically to allow candidates to apply for the desired job opening.

For more information about your nominating authority and their contact details visit this page.