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Chief, FSC Support Unit

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-10

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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 OSCE institutions.


The Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) plays a key role in supporting and co-ordinating the OSCE's activities in the field, in providing analysis and policy advice to the Secretary General (SG) and the Chairmanship, in leading work on all aspects of the conflict cycle, and in supporting the various formats dealing with protracted conflicts. The CPC also serves as the focal point in the Secretariat for co-ordinating and developing the OSCE's role in the politico-military dimension.


The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is the main OSCE body dealing with the politico-military aspects of security and provides a forum for political dialogue for OSCE participating States. The FSC Support Unit within the Conflict Prevention Centre supports the work of the FSC by providing technical support and expertise. In this respect, the Unit acts as a focal point and prepares reports and overviews on military information exchanged by participating States. The Unit also fosters implementation of confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs) and develops assistance projects with regard to small arms and light weapons (SALW) and stockpiles of conventional ammunition (SCA).


The OSCE is committed to further increasing the number of female staff in all areas of the OSCE's work. Currently women are underrepresented in the Conflict Prevention Centre, especially in management roles. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this management opportunity.

Tasks and Responsibilities    

Under the general guidance of the Director, Conflict Prevention Centre (D/CPC), the Chief, FSC Support Unit carries out the following functions:


  1. Managing the work of the unit in direct support of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), FSC Chairpersons, and delegations of participating States;
  2. Preparing, developing, and recommending strategies to the Forum for Security Co-operation, the Chairperson-in-Office and the SG on a wide variety of politico-military issues;
  3. Advising and reporting to OSCE decision-making bodies on implementation of CSBMs and other OSCE agreements in the politico-military dimension;
  4. Acting as Programme Manager for the FSC Support programme;
  5. Representing the SG, D/CPC, and FSC Support Unit to delegations, international organizations, academic institutions, NGOs, and other agencies;
  6. Initiating, developing strategies for, planning, organizing, and conducting practical projects and activities for the benefit of participating States on a wide variety of politico-military commitments;
  7. Performing other duties as assigned.


For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see

Necessary Qualifications    
  • Second-level university degree in international relations, political or military science; 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;
  • Eight years of progressively responsible management experience in a national government or international organization, including supervising personnel and managing large budgetary programmes;
  • Experience in implementation of international arms control policies, preferably in a national verification centre;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation;
  • Wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of international military affairs;
  • Proven experience in project planning, implementation, management and evaluation, preferably in an international organization;
  • Understanding of of project/programme activity in the fields of conflict prevention, SALW and SCA in countries of transition;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement and team spirit; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, whilst remaining impartial and objective;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Professional fluency in English; knowledge of another OSCE official language desirable;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.
Required competencies    
    Core values
  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Core competencies
  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Remuneration Package    

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,825 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.

How To Apply    

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 applicants 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.


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.


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

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