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Expert/Young Diplomat


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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 issue

In 2010, the OSCE Secretariat launched a programme of sponsored placement of young diplomats from the Asian and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation for a period of four months in OSCE executive structures, in order to enhance the partnership with the Asian and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation through a network of contacts and an increased level of Partner participation in OSCE activities. As a result of the success of this initial project and the positive feedback from both the Partners for Co-operation and those applicants who benefitted from the Programme, the OSCE announced the continuation of this initiative in 2015 through to April 2017.  Within this framework, three placements were offered in 2015. Two more placements are now open to candidatures for the first part of 2016, to be followed by four more placements later in 2016.

This project is placed under the umbrella of the Partnership Fund.

Tasks and Responsibilities
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's 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.
Necessary Qualifications
  • 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;
  • Some previous work experience in a diplomatic service, Ministry or another international/regional organization;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Excellent physical condition.

Each expert/young diplomat 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.


How to Apply:

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


Please note that some Partner governments may have their own policy of utilizing this Programme for the secondment of junior diplomatic officials currently in service.


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 candidates selected will be expected to join the programme in 2016 and will remain at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna for four months.

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

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



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