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Junior Professional Officer


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Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Human Resources Management
Number of posts
Date of entry on duty
Date of issue


As part of its efforts to develop a gender and geographically balanced pool of qualified candidates for future job openings, the OSCE will offer six slots for a period of nine months to graduates up to the age of 30 within the framework of its Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme.  The focus on this round of the JPO programme will be on candidates from non- and under-represented OSCE participating States. 
Tasks and Responsibilities
The goal of the programme is to provide JPOs with a comprehensive overview of the Organization, with a particular focus on the OSCE programmatic approach and managerial framework.  JPOs will be offered the opportunity of gaining practical experience in different subject areas during a three month period at the Secretariat (October-December 2012) and a six-month period in the field operations/ Institutions (January-June 2013).   The respective supervisors will establish specific workplans for the JPO assigned to them towards this end.  Whilst there is no guarantee of future employment with the OSCE, JPOs may apply for job openings in the OSCE field operations/Institutions for which they meet the necessary requirements after completion of the programme.  
Necessary Qualifications
  • Graduation (completed degree) from accredited universities in fields of study relevant to the OSCE's mandate and fields of work (this includes graduates from recognized police training schools or with university degrees in economics, finance, accounting, human resources, environmental studies, educational/social sciences, international criminal law, terrorism studies, Central Asian or East European studies, peace and conflict studies).
  • Applicants should be under the age of 30
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely (telephone interviews will be conducted);
  • Knowledge of other OSCE official languages would be an asset;
  • Computer literacy with familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including word-processing, and e-mail;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Excellent physical condition;
  • Possession of a valid driving licence and ability to drive a car using manual transmission;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work additional hours in an environment with limited infrastructure.



Each of the six JPOs 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 most economic route to/from the country of residence to Vienna and to/from Vienna to the respective field operation/ Institution will also be covered by the OSCE.  Successful candidates will be responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Vienna/at the duty station, however, the OSCE is willing to provide advice if required.


How to apply:

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States which are listed under

Candidates interested in participating in this programme are requested to apply online  using the application form to be found under the link:


The OSCE online application system will forward applications directly to the respective authorities in your country of nationality, usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who may conduct an initial selection before nominating their candidates to the OSCE.   If your participating States does not provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions, you should contact the respective OSCE delegation, whose address can be found under the link:

Please direct all inquiries to your relevant national authorities 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 round of the Junior Professional Officer programme is scheduled to take place in July.  Selected candidates will be expected to join the programme on 1 October 2012 and will remain at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna until the end of the year, after which they will be assigned to the respective Institutions/field operation for the six month period January to June 2013.

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




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