As a non-career organization it is important to ensure that staff joining the OSCE become operational very quickly and remain skilled throughout their tenure at the OSCE. The OSCE therefore offers not only a comprehensive General Orientation Programme, but a range of training and learning opportunities on topics such as leadership, management, communication, and operational skills.

Pre-Mission Training

OSCE participating States themselves are responsible for preparing their interested pools of candidates for a possible assignment with the OSCE. The Organization assists participating States wherever possible with their own pre-mission training. This is done by partnering with national training institutions and includes providing expert advice on curricula and methodology; sharing training material and dispatching training experts; maintaining a set of common training standards and best practices; and supporting regular information exchange among training and human resource specialists.

General Orientation Programme

Integrating into a new organization and moving to a field mission can be both physically and psychologically demanding. When deciding to join the multi-national OSCE family, new staff and mission members are guided by highly competent staff of the Department of Human Resources upon their arrival and later on. In this context the Vienna-based five-day OSCE General Orientation (GO) Programme offered by the Learning and Development Unit is the first step in the period of service for most OSCE officials that facilitates the integration of new staff and mission members into their new working environment and informs them about available resources.

Since new staff and mission members arrive with different needs, the programme allows for a degree of customization to address the needs of specific positions while offering a number of mandatory sessions, where members are briefed by experts on OSCE work-related topics, including presentations on Programme & Project Management, Management Principles, Staff Rules and Regulations, Professional Working Environment, including Code of Conduct and Ethics.

A number of joint exercises and activities provide for staff and mission members to address a wide range of issues, to get to know each other and to build long-lasting relationships within the Organization, while internalizing the OSCE’s structure and activities, work processes and resource management systems in place. All in all, the GO Programme is a week of interactive information sharing and networking that is stimulating, motivating and fun to attend.

Future staff and mission members can download a pre-arrival information package available in the Key Resources section on this page. The package contains details about administrative requirements for quick in-processing, a more detailed agenda of the programme and other practical information.

Ethics applied at the OSCE

When we speak about “ethics” in the OSCE, we are referring to principles of conduct – with underlying values to which OSCE officials ascribe – designed to guide common behaviour.

The OSCE Code of Conduct determines these principles and the boundaries of professionalism within which OSCE officials operate. These are also reflected in Regulation 2.01 of the OSCE Staff Rules and Regulations

The OSCE Code of Conduct s the basis of the Organization’s Ethical Framework. Each official, by signing his or her letter of appointment, undertakes to abide by the Code of Conduct. A number of Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Instructions supplement and strengthen the application of the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all OSCE officials, include the Secretary General, Heads of Institution and Heads of Mission.

An OSCE Ethics Co-ordinator is in place to support the ethical framework in the Organization and to provide advice and recommendations on ethical dilemmas. OSCE officials are introduced to the relevant policy framework and given guidance on how to approach and resolve ethical issues through an interactive online ethics training course.