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Mediation Support Officer


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Archived vacancy details

Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political 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 Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) and the Secretary General (SG) in implementing tasks in the areas of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post conflict rehabilitation. The CPC¿s Operations Service is the designated focal point for mediation-support. The Planning and Analysis Team, as part of the CPC¿s Operations Service, deals with a variety of tasks related to policy advice, analysis, planning and lessons learned/best practices in operational issues related to the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

The Operations Service (OS) within the Conflict Prevention Centre comprises of a team of 14 staff members.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of CPC for Operations Service and in close co-operation with the Senior Operational Adviser, the Mediation Support Officer will be responsible for providing analytical and operational support in developing and implementing a comprehensive and systematic mediation-support capacity within the CPC.

Specifically, the Mediation Support Officer:

  1. Develops and contributes to the implementation of training and capacity building materials and activities on mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation;
  2. Provides analysis, background material and operational support on mediation processes and advises on process designs and possible steps to be taken by OSCE Mediators, upon their request;
  3. Contributes to improving knowledge management with regard to mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation while developing and maintaining a central depository for documents and lessons learned/best practices related to OSCE mediation activities;
  4. Contributes to policy advice and assistance to the Chairmanship and senior management of the Secretariat in the field of mediation and dialogue facilitation;
  5. Attends meetings, conferences and workshops relevant to mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation and writes summaries, notes or reports for internal distribution;
  6. Establishes close working contacts on priority OSCE themes, particularly those in mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation, with OSCE institutions, thematic units and field operations as well as with appropriate international, governmental, non-governmental and academic organizations and institutions, as well as with prominent research centres;
  7. Performs other related tasks as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in psychology, political science, international relations or related field
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience in mediation and/or mediation-support with a government agency, a national or international organization or a non-governmental organization
  • Experience of working in an international environment and/or in the field would be an important asset
  • Thematic expertise and familiarity with the relevant international efforts on mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methodologies for mediation as well as training and lessons learned and knowledge management
  • Excellent research and analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, resourcefulness, team spirit and initiative
  • Ability to operate windows applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation programmes (e.g. Power Point) and experience in maintaining and updating databases
  • Ability to work independently, yet also as part of a team, and to organize a varied and heavy workload
  • Professional fluency in English and excellent drafting and writing skills in the English language; Knowledge of another official OSCE language would be an asset
  • 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



This post is open for secondment. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Delayed nominations will not be considered.


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


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation.


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.





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