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Environmental Affairs Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Economic and Environmental Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Vienna, Austria
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 principle objective of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) is to strengthen security and stability in the OSCE region by promoting international co-operation on economic and environmental issues. The mandate of the OCEEA is guided particularly by the OSCE Strategy Document for the Economic and Environmental Dimension, approved by the OSCE Ministerial Council in Maastricht in December 2003.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Environmental Activities, and in close co-operation with colleagues from the Environmental Co-operation Unit, and in order to assist the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in carrying out his mandate, as set out in PC Decision 197 of 5 November, 1997, the incumbent will perform the following duties, focusing on environment and security issues:

  • Identifying and implementing project activities, in particular on environmental security issues, in close co-ordination and co-operation with colleagues in the Environmental Co-operation Unit;
  • Establishing and maintaining working relations with the partners of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) as well as other international organizations, sub-regional initiatives and NGOs to help implementing the ENVSEC work programme;
  • Assisting the Deputy Coordinator/Head, Environmental Activities in close co-operation with colleagues from the Environmental Co-operation Unit in supporting the efforts of various OSCE field operations in the development, management, monitoring and reporting on project activities;
  • Maintaining contact at a comparable level with officials of international organizations, sub-regional initiatives, NGOs and business groupings to identify activities for joint implementation and to share/compare results of project analysis and findings to ensure co-ordinated programme development and implementation; 
  • Drafting initial proposals for OCEEA projects and reviewing project proposals submitted by environmental officers/mission members in the field and calculating the costs of the projects; developing agenda items and work programmes for seminars, workshops, training courses and other activities related to project work;
  • Maintaining various potential funds for OCEEA environmental project activities and preparing responses to delegations and management requests for project information, including status of funding, implementation; liaising with the appropriate departments;
  • Performing other related duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications

  • University degree in economics, international relations, political or environmental science, with a focus on project management on environment and security issues;
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience, preferably at the international level;
  • Professional experience in project development would be an asset;
  • Understanding of and experience in security-related environmental issues;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literate;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

How to apply

This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.




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