Assistant Project Officer (P1)
Please note that this position is extra-budgetary (ExB) funded and a contract will be issued for the duration of 12 months; extension of contract is subject to funding availability.
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, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and 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 OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairpersonship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.
The Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) deals with economic and environmental issues, operating under the premise that promoting economic prosperity and co-operation on environmental problems can contribute to international security and stability. The OSCE's role is twofold: a) to monitor economic and environmental developments among participating States, and alert them to any threat of instability, and b) to facilitate the formulation of economic and environmental policies and initiatives among participating States, to promote security. The Office currently comprises 22 staff members.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
As Assistant Project Officer, you will work within the extra-budgetary (ExB) project on "Assessment of Environmental Impacts of the War against Ukraine and Options for Remediation".
You will assist in the implementation of the said project aimed to support Ukraine in the initial stages of addressing the current and potential long-lasting issues of environmental damages through the development of an assessment of the impact of the war. You will work under the overall direction, guidance and supervision of the Senior Environmental Affairs Adviser and will support the Project Manager in ensuring that the project is adequately co-ordinated, managed and implemented through all steps of the project cycle, in accordance with the OSCE project management standards.
More specifically, you will be tasked with the following:
- Assisting in supporting project activities and events (capacity-building activities, workshops, trainings, conferences and meetings), including preparing relevant project materials and documentation for the approval by the Project Manager and maintaining communication with relevant stakeholders and experts;
- Assisting in preparing documents and background material pertaining to the issues addressed by the project activities; collecting data required for the preparation of reports related to the implementation of the project, including interim and final reports for submission to the donor, project evaluation reports and briefing papers on project implementation;
- Assisting in the development of project activities and liaising with counterparts to facilitate their support and participation; preparing, under instruction, terms of reference for the employment of consultants and implementing partners and monitoring the implementation of activities and submission of reports by the implementing partners and consultants;
- Monitoring budget expenditure, giving estimates of costs for individual project activities and proposing budgetary and/or expenditure adjustments;
- Liaising with international, regional and national governmental and non-governmental institutions within the project framework, with the purpose of collecting and sharing information and co-ordinating activities;
- Performing other tasks as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat and the OCEEA, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat and https://www.osce.org/oceea
- First-level university degree in economics, law, social, political science, international relations, public administration;
- A minimum of two years professional experience in assisting project management;
- Established project management skills and/or experience;
- Established analytical, research, drafting and presentation skills;
- Experience of working on environmental issues;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of Ukrainian would be a strong asset;
- Familiarity with the political and historical situation in at least one OSCE region is desirable;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.
Monthly remuneration is around EUR 4,500, with the actual monthly salary depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.
Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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.
Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see https://www.osce.org/participating-states.
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.
Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.
The mandatory retirement age at the OSCE is 65 years for contracted positions at the general service, professional and director level. The Organization shall apply an age limit of 63 years at the time of appointment as the incumbent selected is normally expected to carry out the contractual obligation of two years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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