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Psychologist (P3)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: Closed


This is an extra-budgetary position under the project "Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health in OSCE". The initial contract will be issued for a period of one year, with a possibility of extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funds.  The expected duration of the project is until 31 July 2026, and the selected candidate(s) should commit to being available for the duration of the project.

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, 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 Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic institutions and processes, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and Roma and Sinti issues. ODIHR's assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR's mandate.

The Psychologist, in close collaboration with the Senior Psychologist in the OSCE Secretariat, works on the preservation and promotion of occupational psychological health, providing frequent support and emergency psychological interventions, assisting in drafting and overseeing implementation of mental health related surveys, risk assessments and strategies, return-to-work accommodations, and the dissemination of mental health related information, awareness raising campaigns, technical project advisory workshops on coping skills as well as individual counselling sessions to OSCE staff/mission members.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Second Deputy Director as a first-level supervisor and the ODIHR Director as a second-level supervisor, the Psychologist is responsible for:

  1. Performing individual assessments and support for OSCE staff/mission members, other personnel contracted by the OSCE, teams and units experiencing personal and/or interpersonal difficulties and/or presenting mental health-related symptoms or syndromes; assisting in performing risk assessments and fit for work exams;
  2. Participating in drafting and overseeing implementation of OSCE mental health related surveys, and implementation strategies;
  3. Supporting the planning, developing, and delivering OSCE training sessions on Psychological First Aid / Peer to Peer Support /other mental health related topics, as well as contributing to awareness raising campaigns for staff and mission members;
  4. Assuring, in conjunction with the OSCE Secretariat’s Occupational Safety and Health unit, a continuum of services (referral, short-term supportive intervention, acute interventions /critical incident management) to staff/mission members and other personnel contracted by the OSCE;
  5. Managing and liaising with national mental health professionals and other psycho-medical resources.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, please see

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in clinical/occupational psychology;
  • Additional training or certification in a relevant field would be an asset, such as: critical incident stress management (CISM), trauma risk management (TRiM), hybrid and tailored post incident procedure (PIP), conflict resolution, alcohol/substance abuse, cross cultural psychology or psychiatry, etc;
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience;
  • Experience in employee assistance programmes or organizational culture interventions;
  • Experience in development of training materials, evidence-based (risk) assessments and mental health related surveys;
  • Experience in counselling, training, support and provision of peer-to-peer mental and behavioural health support programs working in large organizations/corporations;
  • Clinical experience in dealing with a wide range of mental disorders and illnesses as coded in the ICD10;
  • Digital literacy and proficient use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), internet;
  • Professional fluency in both written and oral communication in English;
  • Knowledge of languages spoken in countries where OSCE is present would be an asset.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 6,900 depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Poland. Social benefits will include participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. The Organization contributes an amount equivalent to 15% of the employee's salary to this Fund and the employee contributes 7.5%. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

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


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


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


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.

Additional Information
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