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Senior Economic Officer (P4)


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, Internationally contracted - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • 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, 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 Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) deals with economic and environmental issues, operating under the premise that promoting economic prosperity and co-operation on environmental problems can contribute to international security and stability. The OSCE's role is twofold: a) to monitor economic and environmental developments among participating States, and alert them to any threat of instability, and b) to facilitate the formulation of economic and environmental policies and initiatives among participating States, to promote security. The Office currently comprises 22 staff members.


The OSCE is committed to further increasing the number of female staff in all areas of the OSCE's work. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this management opportunity. 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities, and in order to assist the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in carrying out his/her mandate, as Senior Economic Officer, you will perform the following functions:


  1. Directing the work and supervising the staff of the Economic Governance Unit, being responsible for the identification and implementation of OCEEA activities to address economic threats to security and to promote good governance; 
  2. Supporting the efforts of OSCE field operations in the development and implementation of activities in economic and good governance areas;
  3. Establishing and maintaining contacts at a comparable level with officials of international organizations, sub-regional initiatives, NGOs and business groupings to exchange information and experience, and to identify activities for joint implementation and to ensure co-ordinated programme development and implementation;
  4. Providing substantial policy advice to the OSCE and OCEEA Senior Management on economic issues relating to security, including in politically sensitive and difficult situation;
  5. Contributing substantive input to the Economic and Environmental Forum Process and to the Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM) and subsequent follow-up activities on economic issues;
  6. Drafting OCEEA projects, reviewing and assessing the relative feasibility and impact of proposed projects submitted by Economic Officers/mission members in the field; providing guidance for the development of agenda items and work programmes for seminars, workshops, training courses and other activities in her/his areas of responsibility;
  7. Writing briefing papers and reports, and providing input for speeches for senior management with regard to the economic and good governance activities;
  8. Assessing the degree of implementation of project activities and resources of the Economic Governance Unit, identifying problems and resource and financial deficiencies; initiating and proposing corrective or alternative actions; identifying and monitoring potential funds for projects, preparing responses to delegations and management requests for project information, including status of funding and implementation; liaising with relevant units and departments across the OSCE;
  9. Supporting OCEEA senior management in developing and implementing synergetic and OCEEA-wide activities, projects and processes, including fundraising and visibility initiatives;
  10. Carrying out other related tasks as required.


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


Necessary Qualifications:

  • Second-level university degree in economics, international relations or political science, with a focus on economic studies; 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;
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience, preferably at the international level;
  • In-depth understanding of and experience in security-related economic issues; 
  • Experience in carrying out analysis and conceptualization; 
  • Work experience in project development and team leadership would be an important asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain external partnerships as well as effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst remaining impartial and objective;   
  • Professional fluency in English, with excellent communication and drafting skills; knowledge of another OSCE language, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.


Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 8,600, 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


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.

Additional Information
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