Economic and Environmental Affairs Adviser (S)

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹

  • Issued by: OSCE Secretariat
  • Requisition ID: CO-00000E
  • Contract Type: International Secondment
  • Grade: S
  • Job Type: Seconded
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: OSCE Secretariat, Vienna
  • Posting Date: Jan 14, 2022
  • Closing Date: Feb 11, 2022
  • Employee Status: Fixed Term
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)


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, 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.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Senior Economic and Environmental Officer, as Economic and Environmental Affairs Adviser, you will support and co-ordinate OSCE activities in relation to the economic and environmental aspects of security, particularly with regard to the preparation and follow-up of the Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF) and the Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM). 

More specifically, you will carry out the following:

  1. Establishing regular liaison with international organizations, sub-regional initiatives and NGOs, and providing information on recent developments;
  2. Drafting proposals for conferences including agendas and potential speakers;
  3. Preparing briefing papers, reports, draft speeches as well as input to meetings on EEF topics for Senior Management, Secretary General and the Chairmanship;
  4. Performing sectoral or regional analysis and input for preparatory conferences and the annual EEF;
  5. Compiling consolidated summaries of meetings and assessing recommendations of conferences/Forum;
  6. Maintaining contacts with partner organizations as well as interactive exchange;
  7. Initiating and providing guidance and support to local and regional activities;
  8. Supporting the work of the OSCE field presences and serving as a focal point for the co-ordination of projects and activities;
  9. Providing information on recent developments and activities on issues related to the Forum topics;
  10. Performing other duties as required.

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

Necessary Qualifications:

  • First-level university degree in economics, political science, and/or international relations; focus on development and/or transition economics, as well as on environmental security issues would be an asset;
  • Minimum of six years of professional experience, including two to three years’ work at the international level; 
  • Analytical skills and experience in performing research;
  • Work in diplomatic service and/or an international organization would be an important asset;
  • Experience in the OSCE is highly desirable;
  • Professional fluency in English including excellent written and oral skills; knowledge of another OSCE language, in particular Russian, would be an important asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.

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:





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