The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism, economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The overall goal of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is to provide the selected JPOs with a comprehensive overview of the Organization, and in particular familiarize them with the OSCE programmatic approach and regulatory framework. In addition, the aim is to equip JPOs with important skills and abilities to build their professional career in an international and multicultural environment, exposing them to experiences at both the Secretariat and field level. This will further enable them to compete for future entry-level positions in the international civil service sector.
During their one-year assignment, JPOs will work at two different duty stations and might therefore have the opportunity to focus on two different subject areas. First, there will be a six-month period at the Secretariat (1 July 2019 – 30 December 2019) followed by another six-month period in one of the OSCE field operations (Early January 2020 – Late June 2020).
For more information about OSCE’s Junior Professional Officer Programme please watch the webinar on JPO Opportunities: jobs.osce.org/webinars.
The OSCE looks forward to receiving nominations from qualified candidates who will compete for the JPO positions offered in the following departments in the Secretariat:
Candidates may indicate their preference for a maximum of two areas of interest in the Cover Letter; however, the Organization reserves the right to short-list candidates for other JPO areas in line with their profile and background and needs of the department.
For more information on OSCE’s activities please consult: osce.org/secretariat
|Tasks and Responsibilities|
Under the supervision of a senior staff member, JPOs are involved in the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of OSCE initiatives. According to the needs of the receiving departments, JPOs participating in the 21st Round assignments may engage in activities including, but not be limited to the following tasks:
Note: Specific Terms of Reference (ToR) for Secretariat placements detailing the department, tasks and responsibilities will be communicated to selected candidates close to the start date. The placements in the field operations will be based on the needs of the Organization, the JPO profiles, expertise and areas of interest. JPOs can expected to find out about their placement approximately 2-3 months prior to departure to field operation.
While the OSCE attempts to place selected JPOs in one of their three top areas of interest in the field operations, JPOs should be willing to be assigned to any OSCE Field Operation.
Candidates interested in participating in this programme are requested to apply online using the application form to be found under this link: jobs.osce.org.
The 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 State does not allow you to apply online for seconded positions, you should contact the respective OSCE delegation, whose address can be found under this link: osce.org/contacts/delegations.
Please direct all inquiries to your relevant national authorities and apply several days prior to the expiry of the deadline to allow enough time for your application to be processed. Delayed nominations or nominations sent directly to the OSCE Secretariat will not be considered.
Should your participating State not sponsor JPOs in this round, please note you may be eligible to apply for positions sponsored by the OSCE Unified Budget. We expect the vacancy notice to be opened to nationals of all 57 participating States in July 2019.
All costs relating to the assignment of this Round of the Junior Professional Officer Programme shall be borne by the authorities of the nominating participating States.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. You can inquire about this process via your participating State delegation here: osce.org/contacts/delegations.
The evaluation of qualified candidates will include a written test and a pre-recorded SONRU competency-based interview. Candidates my indicate their preferences for a maximum of two areas of interest in the Cover Letter. In addition to the technical/post-related competencies, the OSCE has defined an inventory of expected skills and behaviours that lead to excellence on the job. JPOs need to abide to the provisions stated in the OSCE competency model which can be consulted via the following link: jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
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 to become a part of the Organization.
Please note that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.