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Security Co-operation 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 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 Planning and Analysis Team, as part of the Operations Service/CPC, 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 primary task of the Forum for Security Co-operation Support Unit is to support the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), an autonomous OSCE decision-making body dealing with politico-military aspects of security. The Forum's work focuses on the implementation of Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, information exchange and verification mechanisms elaborated in the Vienna Document 1999. The FSC Support Unit compiles databases of information exchanged by participating States as part of their commitments under politico-military documents. The Unit also fosters the implementation of these agreements, especially the Vienna Document 1999, the Code of Conduct on politico-military aspects of security, the Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Document on Conventional Ammunition.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the implementation of the CSBM (Confidence and Security Building Measures)/Projects Officer and the Senior FSC Support officer, as well as in close co-operation with the Associate Project Officer, relevant field operations and partner International Organizations, the incumbent:

  1. Develops, administers and follows up project related activities, particularly on small arms and light weapons (SALW), stockpiles of conventional ammunition (SCA) as well as on other OSCE politico-military matters; assists participating States in planning and conducting project activities related to SALW and SCA;
  2. Liaise with security sector experts from other OSCE field operations in participating States in the Western Balkans, where OSCE conducts SALW and SCA projects with the aim of fostering co-operation among the participating States regarding the SALW and SCA, and, where appropriate, on broader co-operation in security matters; compiles recommendations of experts and additional information provided by participating States and assists the FSC project team in developing detailed project plans and proposals to foster the implementation of the SALW Document and Document on SCA;
  3. Facilitate and monitor the process of destruction of surplus weapons and ammunition, and prepare reports to the FSC and respective field operations ans well as monitors, upon invitation of participating States, the destruction process of SALW and SCA;
  4. Organizes seminars and workshops on the implementation of the Document on SALW, the Document on SCA as well as other OSCE agreements on politico-military aspects of security;
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in politico-military sciences (military academy or civilian equivalent), or degree in international relations or international law, management or a related field
  • A minimum of four years of practical experience in security policy and/or arms control
  • Proven ability to compile and analyse reports of politico-military nature and good knowledge of the politico-military situation and of governmental and military structures in the Western Balkans
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management techniques, preferably with experience in project and programme evaluation
  • Familiarity with logistic in armed forces
  • Knowledge of OSCE documents with politico-military dimension
  • Professional fluency in the English language including excellent drafting skills; knowledge of other official OSCE languages and of the local language or most common lingua franca spoken in the Western Balkans is desirable
  • Experience in SALW and ammunition disposal and/or stockpile management and security projects is desirable
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under

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.

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

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

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.




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