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Executive Officer (Maternity Leave)


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
Date of entry on duty
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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) provides general services to the Secretary General (SG), the Chairperson-in-Office and the participating States. It groups horizontal services such as Executive Management, Press and Public Information, Legal Services, External Co-operation, Security Management, Gender Affairs and Central Records Management, and oversees the Prague Office. The OSG also ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairmanship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also functions as the Head of the Executive Management Section.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the Office of the Secretary General (D/OSG), the incumbent's role is that of co-ordinating tasks between the Chairmanship and the units of the Secretariat. The incumbent will follow political and other developments within and outside the OSCE area requiring attention. He/she will draft substantive speeches for the Secretary General and Chairperson-in-Office, and provide relevant background information. More specifically he/she performs the following duties:

During the maternity replacement, the incumbent will focus on the following:

  1. Drafts speeches, statements, talking points, notes and other correspondence for use by the Secretary General, the Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) and other relevant representatives of the OSCE;
  2. Reviews political, military, economic, environmental, human rights and other security-related developments in the OSCE, assesses and analyzes trends;
  3. Closely follows the ongoing discussion within the respective OSCE decision-making bodies with the view to provide relevant advice and information to the Secretary General;
  4. Performs other related duties as required.

After the expiration of the maternity replacement period, the incumbent will focus on the following:

  1. Co-ordinates the provision of up-to-date information for the Secretary General and the Chairperson-in-Office through the tasking of units and departments in the Secretariat for position papers and background documents regarding substantive political matters and developments relevant to the OSCE mandate;
  2. Attends meetings, as well as conferences and seminars, taking notes and drafting reports as required;
  3. Performs other related duties as required.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience in international relations work at national and international levels
  • Excellent knowledge of English with excellent drafting skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be desirable
  • Ability to complete in-depth analyses and reach conclusions on possible causes and provide solutions to problems
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and with colleagues throughout the OSCE with different cultural, religious and professional backgrounds as well as different gender, diverse political views and approaches to problems, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity

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.

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

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

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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