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Duty of Care/Staff Wellbeing Officer (S)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-18

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This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.

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 OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Department of Human Resources (DHR) ensures that the OSCE has the human resources capacity necessary to successfully implement its mandates. DHR sets the policies and provides services in the areas of recruitment, administration of benefits and entitlements, payroll, performance management, learning and development across the Organization.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief, HR Administration, the incumbent will be mainly responsible for identifying trends and systematic issues in the field of Duty of Care/Staff Wellbeing across the OSCE and developing strategies and feasible solutions to address them.

The incumbent will be further responsible for developing and implementing strategies to mitigate risk exposure, serving as liaison with the Staff Representative on Duty of Care and Staff Wellbeing.

The incumbent will advise the DHR Senior Management on Duty of Care/Staff Wellbeing related issues in general, with special emphasis on strategic related Duty of Care matters, and recommendations towards strengthening implementation of the Duty of Care obligation and promotion of Staff Wellbeing. 

More detailed, you will be responsible for:

  1. Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, conducting research, participating in inter-agency meetings and/or working groups, task force/s, and identifying trends and issues in the field of Duty of Care and Staff Wellbeing within the context of Human Resources Management across the OSCE, as well as developing and proposing strategies and feasible solutions to address and mitigate identified risk exposures, taking due account of gender equality and other institutional values. 
  2. Acting as the first point of contact for Duty of Care and Staff Wellbeing, and pro-actively advising on trends and best practices. In collaboration with key stakeholders encouraging continuous improvement of the working environment and staff well-being by advising and developing strategies and implementing feasible measures.
  3. Promoting the awareness of the Duty of Care and Staff Wellbeing across the OSCE.
  4. Co-ordinating Duty of Care / Staff Wellbeing related elements of HR strategies and workplans. Issuing regular progress reports.   
  5. Liaisoning with the Staff Representatives on Duty of Care and Staff Wellbeing concerns, and work in close partnership with the Staff Representatives in the development of necessary solutions.
  6. Performing other relevant duties as requested.

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

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in human resources, psychology, social sciences, public or business administration, law or other related field;
  • A minimum of 4 years professional experience in an international context in the OSCE area.  Field assignments are a distinct advantage.
  • Experience applying Human Resources Management principles.
  • Demonstrated project management, and proven experience in drafting and communicating strategic documents.
  • Proven work experience in promoting duty of care and/or staff wellbeing, and drafting relevant comprehensive strategies.
  • Professional fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communication skills, working knowledge of another OSCE official language would be an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

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 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 the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

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

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

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
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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