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External Co-operation Officer


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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

Please note that this position is a maternity leave replacement from 1 September to 31 December 2015.

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 service-oriented offices (Legal Services, Conference and Language Services, the Prague Office and Central Records Management), and policy-oriented offices (Communication and Media Relations, External Co-operation, Gender Affairs) as well as Security Management and Executive Management. 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.

The External Co-operation Section is part of the OSG and is the initial point of contact at headquarters level for liaison with international, regional and sub-regional organizations and institutions. It is also responsible for providing support to the OSCE's 11 Partners for Co-operation, both Mediterranean and Asian, as well as with regional organizations outside the OSCE area, academic institutions, think-tanks, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of External Co-operation, the External Co-operation Officer will be responsible for:

  • Acting as Liaison Officer for contacts with international, regional and subregional organizations;
  • Assisting in maintaining dialogue and co-operation with the OSCE Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation, and in conduct of relevant activities;
  • Conducting research and preparing analytical and background papers and documents; drafting speaking points and speeches;
  • Supporting high-level meetings, as well as planning and organizing regular staff level meetings with relevant international organizations;
  • Attending meetings and writing summaries and reports;
  • Assisting in organizing relevant OSCE conferences, seminars and other events with international organizations on topics of co-operation;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, business administration or other related field;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience in government or international administration, or research institutions operating in the field of international relations or other related field;
  • Thorough knowledge of security and co-operation issues, including knowledge of key international organizations;
  • Professional fluency in English; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, particularly Russian, is an asset;
  • Excellent drafting skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Diplomatic skills, initiative, strong analytical ability and sound judgement;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and tact in dealing with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

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 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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