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Programme Officer (P3)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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 Chairpersonship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions. 


The Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (SR/CTHB) represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues. The Office of the SR/CTHB assists OSCE participating States in the implementation of commitments and full usage of recommendations set forth in the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings. The Office provides a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings (CTHB) with a focus on the following activities: enhancing the
awareness and understanding of THB across the OSCE region; policy planning and advocacy especially in the area of emerging trends of THB and effective approaches to combating THB; and direct assistance to participating States in practical and technical areas, at their request.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the overall leadership of the Special Representative (SR) and the immediate supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator (DC), and in co-operation with other staff, the incumbent will assist in furthering OSCE commitments among OSCE participating States with regard to trafficking in human beings (CTHB).

More specifically, the Programme Officer will perform the following duties:

  1. Supporting the OSCE Special Representative on country visits to provide background information and advocacy and policy points to governments; producing written and verbal briefs prior to and after meetings and country visits; draft reports, speeches, statements, and conclusions of meetings, conferences and seminars;
  2. Analysing national and international legal instruments, trends in the field of trafficking in human beings, initiatives, government responses and mechanisms, in order to identify priorities, develop strategies and to implement activities effectively;
  3. Disseminating information on good practices and lessons learned in the implementation of the OSCE Action Plan, laws, policies, mechanisms and on research to participating States and partners; engaging, monitoring and co-ordinating all aspects of research carried out by external experts (e.g. Back ground and Occasional Papers); drafts SSAs, provides support to experts when such are assigned, edits research reports;
  4. Assisting with the development of Office of the SR (OSR) work plans and unified budget and strategic planning, budget allocation and identification of priority areas for the Office of the Special Representative; monitoring the expenditures and ensure timely payments related to activities that oversee (events, SSAs, etc.), preparing financial and narrative reports, and submitting narrative and budget proposals in collaboration with appropriate colleagues;
  5. Assisting in the provision of substantive inputs into project development and project activities; supporting the Public Information Officer as appropriate, in promoting project activities, in disseminating information, and in the preparation of a variety of communications, reports, briefings, statements, related to OSR events and activities;
  6. Organizing OSR meetings, technical seminars and conferences in and outside Vienna, including handling logistics, drafting of agenda and SR speech, compilation of relevant background information/reports and presentations, as well as conclusions and final reports, and follow-up; 
  7. Developing and maintaining regular contacts at the expert level with the OSCE delegations, with OSCE institutions, missions and field operations, and with other appropriate anti-trafficking stakeholders in order to draw upon their expertise, as required, and also to identify possible partners, as well as to avoid overlap/duplication; additionally, establishing and maintaining regular liaison and co-operation with partners from other international organizations, especially in the framework of the Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons;
  8. Organizing meetings under the Alliance Expert Co-ordination Team composed by leading international organizations and NGOs working on trafficking in human beings; participating and contributing to seminars, conferences, expert meetings, Human Dimension meetings, etc.; 
  9. Supporting and co-ordinating with the OSCE Partners for Co-operation in relation to trafficking in human beings; assisting the OSCE Field Operations with technical advice; providing technical assistance in anti-trafficking policy and legal analysis;
  10. Preparing information and briefing points to the Secretary General, Chairman-in-Office and Special Representative as tasked by the Special Representative and Deputy Co-ordinator;
  11. Performing other related duties as needed and required.


For more information about the work of the Office of SR/CTHB, please see 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in international relations, international development, public international law, human rights law, social or political sciences or related subjects;
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience with an international organization or NGO on CTHB or in closely related fields; 
  • Demonstrated practical (field) experience in developing and managing research projects; in the planning and 
    organization of high-level and large events; in drafting polished briefings, reports and speeches; in monitoring and reporting, including at least three years at the international level; or, alternatively at least three years of employment experience in a full-time anti-trafficking position;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE and its area of operation, previous work experience within or alongside the OSCE is an asset; 
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; professional fluency in Russian would be an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills, experience in networking and managing a high number of contacts; 
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical and administrative skills, as well as resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement and team spirit;
  • 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.


Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,200 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


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 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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