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Head, Economic and Environmental Department (S3)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Bishkek
  • Grade: Mid level - S-3, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Environment
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition;
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and the ability to drive using a manual transmission;
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship, willing to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure.

Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are: 

  • Second-level university degree in economics, regional planning and development, environmental studies, natural science or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
  • Work experience in the fields of economics, business development, good governance, regional planning and development or environmental development and protection;
  • Experience working with developing or transitional economies;
  • Communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.

Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


A certified training course in a relevant field is desirable.


A minimum of six (6) years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience is required, including at least three (3) years at the management level relevant to the actual position.

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:

  • Project management experience, including development, implementation and monitoring, preferably of economic and environmental governance project activities;
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory experience;
  • Ability to establish contact and develop confident relations with (local) government officials and institutions, as well as the ability to work with civil society;
  • Strong analytical, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; ability to compile and analyse relevant information;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different genders, and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Knowledge of OSCE principles and commitments;
  • Ability to operate Windows-based applications and use the Microsoft Office package;
  • Experience in the field of governance (e.g. anti-corruption, natural resources, housing and land) and public procurement issues;
  • Familiarity with concepts such as the Green Economy and Integrated Water Resource Management;
  • Previous international work experience, preferably within field operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially in the Central Asia region;
  • Professional fluency in Russian is a strong asset;
  • Proven management and supervisory experience, including strong leadership skills.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM), the incumbent will be performing the following functions:

  1. Leading the Economic and Environmental Activities programme of the Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB) and is responsible for all its aspects and activities; 
  2. Providing support and advice to the HoM and DHoM on economic governance, good governance, environmental and regional development issues;
  3. Taking the lead in defining the strategy and necessary resources for the Economic and Environmental Activities programme through the Programme Budgeting process;
  4. Overseeing and directing the development, co-ordination and implementation of economic governance, good governance, environmental and regional development governance projects, at the same time ensuring the implementation of the programmatic activities in full compliance with the OSCE’s Common Regulatory Management System (CRMS);
  5. Ensuring that all relevant projects are adequately monitored, controlled and reported on;
  6. Assisting in arranging OSCE events, inter alia, regional seminars and visits to the area by OSCE delegations, as well as other events with OSCE participation;
  7. Supervising the work of all staff in the Economic and Environmental Activities programme;
  8. Identifying local and international stakeholders relevant to the fulfilment of the programme and maintaining regular communication with them;
  9. Representing the OSCE and the POiB in advocating for the fulfilment of economic and environmental governance commitments to external audiences;
  10. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, please see:


The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.


The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.


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 the OSCE Competency Model, please see

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. 

Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here:

Additional Information
  • Issued by: OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek
  • Requisition ID: KYR000149
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S3
  • Job Level: Middle Management
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: KYR - OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Bishkek
  • Issue Date: Feb 13, 2024
  • Closing Date: Apr 30, 2024
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Master's Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: General Staff/Monitoring
  • Target Start Date: As soon as possible
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