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Policy and Planning Adviser


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Archived vacancy details

Issued by
OSCE Secretariat
Vacancy number
Vacancy type
International Seconded
Field of expertise
Political Affairs
Number of posts
Duty station
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 Office of the Secretary General (OSG) supports the Secretary General in implementing all aspects of his mandate. This includes diplomatic liaison, press and public information, legal services, internal auditing, gender issues and contacts with international and non-governmental organizations and with the OSCE Partners for Co-operation. Within the OSG, Executive Management serves as the Secretary General's personal staff, assisting him with both policy and administrative co-ordination.  

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Senior Policy and Planning Adviser, the Policy and Planning Adviser provides assistance to the Secretary General and Director of the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) in their respective roles, particularly in relation to co-ordinated political planning, speechwriting,  research and analytical activities. The incumbent will more specifically be responsible for:

  • Assisting the Secretary General, through the Director/OSG and Senior Policy and Planning Adviser on all matters related to political planning; analysing and carrying out evaluation processed with the aim of enhancing the planning and analytical capacity of the OSCE;
  • Drafting speeches and public interventions for the Secretary General and/or the  Chairperson-in-Office; contributing to the preparation of annual reports and reports to the participating; editing and revising documents submitted to the OSG by other Secretariat units and executive structures;
  • Ensuring timeliness and completeness of the planning and analytical process and following up on tasking in relation to the preparation of respective papers;
  • Requesting, collating and consolidating input for policy and planning papers, analytical reports, speeches, briefing notes, talking points and background information for the Secretary General, Chairperson-in-Office and Director/OSG;
  • Assisting in developing OSCE policies and strategies, both by drawing on and synthesizing internal information and by networking with external and open sources;
  • Making recommendations on issues related to the role of the Secretary General as an active supporter of political dialogue and negotiation among participating States;
  • Closely following developments in the OSCE area and advising the Secretary General and Chairperson-in-Office on issues which should be brought to the attention of the OSCE decision-making and negotiating bodies and recommending appropriate action;
  • Following up on specific tasks assigned by the Secretary General, Director/OSG and Senior Policy and Planning Adviser and co-ordinating with relevant units within the OSG as well as within the Secretariat, and with Institutions and field operations to ensure timely implementation of required action;
  • Accompanying the Secretary General and Director/OSG to meetings with participating States and representatives of International Organizations and other meetings as appropriate; drafting reports thereof;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • First level university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related field;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible professional experience in internal relations work at national and international levels;
  • Good knowledge of the OSCE would be an asset;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Policy making and speech writing experience would be major assets;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting skills; working knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
  • Computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheets, internet and e-mail;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
This post is open for secondment only. Candidates are requested to apply through the OSCE desk of the respective Ministry for Foreign Affairs several days prior to deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of the application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. 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.




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