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Expert/Young Diplomat: Partnership Fund Project


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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
Vienna, Austria
Date of entry on duty
Date of issue

In response to the interest manifested by Partners for Co-operation and participating States, the OSCE Secretariat launched a project under the umbrella of the Partnership Fund and already sponsored the placement of 5 experts/young diplomats from the Asian and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation in the OSCE executive structures.  Subject to the receipt of further funding, it is foreseen that 7 more persons will be placed with the OSCE for four-month periods at any one time starting 2 January 2012.  

The goal of the programme is to provide experts/young diplomats from the OSCE Partners for Co-operation with increased knowledge of OSCE values, principles and commitments as well as of the OSCE programmatic approach, activities and working methods.  The selected persons will be offered the opportunity of gaining practical experience of the OSCE work during a four month period at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna and in other OSCE executive structures. The respective supervisors will establish specific work plans towards this end.   

  • Graduation (completed degree) from an accredited university in a field of study relevant to the OSCE’s mandate and fields of work (please refer to http//
  • Applicants should be under the age of 35; considering that some partner States have already made use of this programme, this next phase is open to applicants from the following Asian Partners for Co-operation (Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea) and the following Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation (Algeria, Israel, Morocco and Tunisia);
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely (telephone interviews will be conducted as well as a written test administered via internet);
  • Knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and use of e-mail applications;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Excellent physical condition.

Each of the two experts/young diplomats placed for any one four-month period will receive a monthly training allowance of EUR 1,000 and will be enrolled in the standard OSCE health and life/accident/disability insurance schemes. Travel expenses by the most economic route to/from the country of residence to Vienna will also be covered by the OSCE.  Successful candidates will be responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Vienna, however, the OSCE is willing to provide advice if required.

Please note that this vacancy is open for a competitive process amongst nationals of Asian Partners for Co-operation (Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea) and the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation (Algeria, Israel, Morocco and Tunisia) only.

Candidates interested in participating in this programme are requested to apply by downloading the offline application form to be found under the link:   After completion, the form should be forwarded directly to the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will nominate their candidates to the OSCE.   Please direct all inquiries to your Ministry of Foreign Affairs and apply several days prior to expiry of the deadline to allow enough time for your application to be processed by them.    Delayed nominations will not be considered. Applications sent directly to the OSCE Secretariat will not be considered.

The selection process for this placement project is scheduled to take place in early December. The two candidates selected for the first placement period will be expected to join the programme on 2 January 2012 and will remain at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna until 30 April 2012.

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



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