National Professional or General Service mission members are appointed by the OSCE on a direct contractual basis, hold a national professional or a local general service post in a Field Operation. Their salary is established with reference to the applicable net salary scales of the United Nations common system and paid corresponding to the personal grade and step. Period of employment in local general service or national professional posts is not included in the calculation of maximum period of service.


Official Holidays and Leave


There are nine OSCE official holidays in each calendar year. In recognition of the diversity of the OSCE area, an additional day off is granted to observe a national, religious or cultural event.

The annual leave entitlement constitutes two-and-a-half working days per month. In addition, supplementary leave days may be granted in acknowledgement of some specific circumstances, such as sickness, marriage, birth of a child, death of a close relative etc.


Social Security


Under the OSCE social security scheme, the following benefits are made available to contracted mission members:

  • Health insurance;
  • Accidental Disability and Life insurance whilst on official duty;
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance whilst on official duty;
  • Provident Fund (in lieu of pension insurance).


Overtime compensation


Applies only to the OSCE staff in the General Service category, and can be made either through compensatory time off or, subject to availability of funds, additional payment.