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 experience at both 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 (September 2019 until March 2020) followed by another six-month period in one of the OSCE field operations (March until September 2020).
For more information about OSCEs Junior Professional Officer Programme please watch the webinar on JPO Opportunities: jobs.osce.org/webinars.
As part of its efforts to develop a gender and geographically balanced pool of qualified candidates, the OSCE looks forward to receiving nominations from qualified candidates who will compete for JPO positions offered in the following departments in the Secretariat. For this Round we are targeting candidates especially for positions in:
However, positions in the following departments may also become available:
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 according to the needs of the receiving department.
For more information on OSCE's activities please consult: osce.org/secretariat
|Tasks and Responsibilities|
Under the supervision of an OSCE official, JPOs will be involved in the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of OSCE initiatives. According to the needs of the receiving departments, JPOs in this 22nd round may engage in activities including, but not 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. A similar approach will be taken when deciding on the field operation placements. JPOs can expect to be informed about their field operation placement approximately 2-3 months prior to departure.
Each JPO will receive a monthly allowance of EUR 1,250 during the Secretariat assignment, and EUR 1,000 during the Field Operation placement. The JPOs will be enrolled in the 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 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.
Gender and geographical considerations will be part of the criteria used in the assessment of applications.
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.
Participating States may conduct an initial screening process prior to the deadline for applications and before nominating candidates to the OSCE. 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.
The evaluation of qualified candidates will include a written test and a pre-recorded SONRU competency-based interview. 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 under the following link: jobs.osce.org/resources/document/ourcompetency- 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.