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Associate Forum for Security Co-operation Support Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Military Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of issue

This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

The Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) plays a key role in supporting and co-ordinating the OSCE's activities in the field, in providing analysis and policy advice to the Secretary General and the Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) in relation to field-related activities and is the focal point in the Secretariat for co-ordinating and developing the OSCE's role in the politico-military dimension.

The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is the main OSCE body dealing with the politico-military aspects of security and provides a forum for political dialogue for OSCE participating States. The FSC Support section within the Conflict Prevention Centre at the OSCE Secretariat supports the work of the FSC by providing technical support and expertise. In this respect, the Section acts as a focal point and prepares reports and overviews on military information exchanged by participating States. The Section also fosters implementation of Confidence and Security-building Measures (CSBMs) and develops assistance projects with regard to Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Conventional Ammunition.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CSBM (Confidence- and Security-Building Measures) Officer, the Associate FSC Support Officer performs the following duties:

  1. Assists the Troika of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) in preparing weekly meetings of the Forum and represents the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) at the FSC and its working bodies, as appropriate;
  2. Conducts research and analyzes the content of documents/papers submitted by delegations on topics relating to politico-military aspects of security for discussion at the FSC; compiles background information;
  3. Briefs the FSC Troika on issues regarding implementation of the Vienna Document, Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security and documents on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA) in the context of preventing and combating terrorism, and provides expert advice in this regard;
  4. Represents the CPC at meetings of the FSC and its working bodies and briefs themes necessary on the specific issues related to the implementation of the Vienna Document, Code of Conduct, the Document on SCA and the OSCE Document on SALW;
  5. Provides support to the FSC in monitoring the implementation of the OSCE documents on politico-military aspects of security; 
  6. Prepares overviews of the information exchanged by the participating States (pS) and presents the findings of these overviews to the delegations of the pS at the FSC and also during OSCE conferences and workshops;
  7. In consultation with the CSBM Officer, prepares reports, background papers and briefings for the delegations of pS supporting discussion at the FSC on anti-terrorism related matters within the politico-military dimension of the OSCE;
  8. Provides expert advice to delegations of pS and responds to their queries on relevant subject matters;
  9. In consultation with the CSBM Officer, develops and administers projects designed to assist pS in implementing their commitments related to politico-military aspects of security;
  10. Prepares project budgets to be funded through voluntary contributions; administers projects and prepares authorization of the disbursement of funds from the project budget and compiles reports on implementation for the funders once the projects are complete;
  11. Prepares summary reports and information for the Secretary General, the Director of the CPC, pS and other parts of the Secretariat;
  12. Takes part in and makes presentations at security-related events, seminars and workshops; prepares input for statements and presentations by senior OSCE officials at high level meetings and conferences;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see:

Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in international relations, international law, political science or a related field;
  • Minimum four years of practical experience in security policy and arms control;
  • Ability to use tact and discretion in interactions with delegates and officials from international organizations and NGOs;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including drafting skills;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Excellent computer skills, with practical experience in Microsoft applications.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.



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