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Deputy Director for Human Resources (P5)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: P-5, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-01


The OSCE has a co-operative and comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimension aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, freedom of media, protection of national minorities, democratization, rule of law, policing strategies, border management, 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 benefits from a capable and committed workforce that delivers on the security priorities of participating States. DHR provides a range of human hrsources services throughout the OSCE and is responsible for the development and review of human resources policies.


The OSCE is committed to gender equality. This is a senior management role and females are currently underrepresented in senior management grades. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Tasks and Responsibilities:


Under the leadership of the Director for Human Resources, the Deputy Director for Human Resources will provide strategic leadership in all areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) in order for DHR to accomplish its mission. 


As a leader in human resources, the Deputy Director for Human Resources (DD/DHR) drives a team that delivers strategically aligned, modern HR policies and processes in the following areas: strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition, HR administration, HR analytics, holistic approach to performance and talent development, including leadership and management development. This HR leadership role champions efforts that improve efficiency and effectiveness through business process excellence. This role has a strong focus on relationship management, stakeholder and client satisfaction, strategic partnership, change leadership and diversity and inclusion. 

If you succeed in the selection competition, as the DD/DHR, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Advising the Director for Human Resources in the development and accurate implementation of strategic and innovative HRM policies, concepts, approaches and processes, recommending appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and benchmarks, and regularly assessing their effectiveness. Ensuring that key themes are incorporated in HR policies and processes, such as gender equality and the promotion of an inclusive, enabling workplace culture;
  2. Overseeing and guiding the activities, policies, procedures and staffing within individual DHR units (talent acquisition, talent development, staff administration, payroll, HR analytics, and HR policies and employee relations), liaising closely with the chiefs of the respective HR units; co-ordinating unit work plans, aiming at a consistently positive client satisfaction, and candidate and employee experience, while ensuring modern and efficient HRM; intervening and resolving complex cases in all areas of HRM;
  3. Ensuring cohesive and consistent human resource support and advice across OSCE executive structures by fostering collaboration amongst HR staff across the OSCE, building and maintaining partnerships that support a robust and flexible HR response to organizational needs;  
  4. Building and maintaining partnerships with representatives of participating States and the OSCE governing bodies in relation to human resource matters, as well as other key stakeholders, so as to gather support for an effective HR function and  related change initiatives; 
  5. Preparing policy statements, plans, briefs, reports and analyses for D/DHR and other senior-level internal and external stakeholders on a range of HRM and general management issues, such as conditions of service, diversity and inclusion, gender and geographical representation, change management, organizational design and development;
  6. Representing D/DHR, when needed, at the OSCE’s governing bodies, as well as in internal and external meetings, drafting and presenting DHR’s position on a range of HRM issues;
  7. Overseeing DHR’s contribution to the OSCE Unified Budget process, providing substantive input in the preparation and presentation of budget proposals, especially in relation to the workforce planning for the Secretariat;
  8. Performing other duties as required.

Core Values:
- Commitment
- Diversity
- Integrity
- Accountability

Core Competencies:
- Leadership
- Strategic Thinking
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration

Functional Competencies:
- Proven ability in conceptualizing and developing HR strategies and policies to meet the needs of large multicultural organizations;
- Solid knowledge and experience in effective human resource management, including application of best practices in recruitment, strategic staffing, change management, succession planning, performance management and learning;
- Demonstrated effectiveness in using competency-based tools and processes in the core HR functions of recruitment and selection, performance management, staff development and career management;
- Demonstrated experience leading/facilitating change management process. 


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

Necessary Qualifications:

•    Second-level university degree in human resource management, business or public administration, or a related field;
•    A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resource management, including at a senior management level, preferably within an international environment;
•    Leading significant organizational change in a large, complex and decentralized organization;
•    Developing, implementing and continuously enhancing innovative, ‘state of the art’ HR products, services, processes and systems;
•    Work effectively in a highly changing and dynamic environment, demonstrating ability to learn and adjust quickly;
•    Ability to co-create with others when designing or implementing new initiatives;
•    Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to build partnerships internally and externally; 
•    Demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams;
•    Demonstrated deep empathy and ability to lead across diversity equity and inclusion strategies;
•    Good understanding of the latest HR trends and the intersections between HR and culture;
•    Knowledge of the conditions of service of the UN Common System / recommendations of the International Civil Service Commission is highly desirable;
•    Experience in workforce planning, organizational design and/or budgeting is an asset;
•    Professional fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills. Working knowledge of another OSCE language is 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 using Microsoft applications, particularly PowerPoint and Excel. 


Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is EUR 9,450 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.


Appointments are 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 5 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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