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FSC Support Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Military 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 Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) plays a key role in supporting the OSCE's activities in the field and is the focal point in the Secretariat for co-ordinating and developing the OSCE's role in the politico-military dimension. In particular, the Centre is responsible for supporting the Organization's Chairman-in-Office (CiO) and the Secretary General in implementing OSCE tasks in the areas of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post conflict rehabilitation.

The primary task of the Forum for Security Co-operation Support Section is to support the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), an autonomous OSCE decision-making body dealing with politico-military aspects of security. The Forum's work focuses on the implementation of Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, information exchange and verification mechanisms elaborated in the Vienna Document 2011. The FSC Support Section compiles databases of information exchanged by participating States as part of their commitments under politico-military documents. The Section also fosters the implementation of these agreements, especially the Vienna Document 1999, the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, the Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Document on Conventional Ammunition.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CSBM (Confidence- and Security-Building Measures) Officer, the FSC Support Officer:

  1. Assists the Troika of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) in preparing weekly meetings of the Forum and represents the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) at the working bodies of the FSC, as appropriate, in co-ordination with other members of the Section;
  2. Conducts research and analyzes the content of documents/papers submitted by delegations on topics relating to politico-military aspects of security;
  3. Briefs the FSC Troika on issues regarding the implementation of the Vienna Document, Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security and documents on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition (SCA) in the context of preventing and combating terrorism;
  4. Represents the CPC at meetings of the working bodies of the FSC and briefs them as necessary on the specific issues;
  5. Provides support to the FSC in monitoring the implementation of the OSCE documents on politico-military aspects of security, in particular of the Vienna Document, the Document on SALW, the Document on SCA and the Code of Conduct;
  6. In consultation with the CSBM Officer, prepares reports, background papers and briefings for the delegations of participating States (pS) supporting discussion at the FSC on  matters within the politico-military dimension of the OSCE;
  7. Provides expert information to Delegations of pS on matters related to the implementation of the Vienna Document, the Code of Conduct, the Document on SCA and the Document on SALW;
  8. In consultation with the CSBM Officer, develops and administers projects designed to assist pS in implementing their commitments related to politico-military aspects of security;
  9. Prepares authorization of the disbursement of funds from the project budget for project-related activities and compiles reports on implementation for the funders once the projects are complete;
  10. Assists in organizing seminars and workshops designed to foster the implementation of the above mentioned documents, including developing agendas, identifying expert speakers, international organizations and NGOs to participate in these events;
  11. Prepares summary reports and information for the Secretary General, the Director of the CPC, pS and other parts of the Secretariat regarding the results of such events;
  12. Takes part in and makes presentations at security-related events organized by the OSCE or held by other international organizations, academic institutions or pS;
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in international relations, international law, political science or a related field. Advanced level degree in international relations or political science is an asset;
  • Minimum of four years of practical experience in security policy and arms control. Ability to use tact and discretion in interactions with delegates and officials from international organizations and NGOs;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including drafting skills; knowledge of another OSCE language is desirable;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Excellent computer skills, with practical experience in Microsoft applications.

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 national, 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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