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Policy Support Officer (Eastern Europe Desk) (P3)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-3, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-09

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Background:

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 Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other 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 Chairpersonship, 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 Policy Support Service (PSS) serves as the Organization's primary point of contact on all matters concerning field operations; it monitors the implementation of the mandates of the individual field operations and advises the SG and the Chairpersonship on related policy and operational issues. It also analyses early-warning signals regarding the situation in the field and recommends the implementation of relevant preventive or reactive action. Support provided to the SG and the Chairpersonship includes background information, policy support and advice, input to speeches and travel files as well as drafting summary records. PSS facilitates the co-ordination of programmes and activities among field operations and with those of OSCE specialized units within the Secretariat and institutions and assists field operations with their input to the budget cycle process. PSS also provides support for the Chairperson-in-Office's representatives dealing with protracted conflicts and related formats.

 

The PSS is composed of four regional desks covering Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be a member of the Eastern Europe Desk. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy Support Officer and the general guidance of the Deputy Director for Policy Support Service, as Policy Support Officer, you will carry out the following tasks:

 

  1. Monitoring and analyzing developments in the region; contributing to the formulation of relevant policy advice;
  2. Monitoring the implementation of the mandates of the assigned OSCE field operations in the Eastern Europe region;
  3. Following-up to ensure timely flow of information among the field operations, the Chairpersonship, the Delegations and the Secretariat;
  4. Taking an active part in performance-based programme budgeting process for the assigned field operations including interacting with the delegations of the Advisory Committee on Management and Finance (ACMF), the Preparatory Committee, the Permanent Council and other relevant committees;
  5. Contributing to research on selected political topics related to implementation of the mandates of assigned field operations, drafting background papers and reports, compiling briefing material;
  6. Attending meetings and writing summaries, notes and reports for internal distribution;
  7. Preparing visits of the Chairpersonship and senior OSCE officials to the field operation area; accompanying high-level visits to the region and drafting reports on these visits upon request;
  8. Preparing in-house briefings, publications and other material;
  9. In co-operation with the Programming and Evaluation Support Unit, reviewing extra-budgetary projects from field operations to ensure that these are in line with the relevant mandate, and proposing editorial changes and further action, as necessary;
  10. Performing other related duties, including participating at CPC-related events, and replacing other Policy Support Officers on the desk during their absence.

 

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat 

 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another related field; a second-level university degree and regional expertise would be an asset; 
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in government, national administration or other relevant professional field;
  • Work experience in a diplomatic service and/or international organization would be an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting skills; professional fluency in Russian;
  • Excellent communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement and team spirit;
  • Project management skills would be an asset;
  • 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 in Microsoft applications.

 

Remuneration Package:


Monthly remuneration is around EUR 6,500, 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.

 

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

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