Senior Economic and Environmental Officer

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Vienna, Austria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 conflict, 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 gender equality; therefore, female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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 their mandate, as Senior Economic and Environmental Officer, you will perform the following:


  1. Directing the work and supervising the staff of the Economic and Environmental Forum Unit; 
  2. Preparing and organizing the annual Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF) process, consisting of Preparatory Conferences and ministerial level Meetings of the Forum; developing, co-ordinating and implementing various follow-up activities, such as projects, seminars, workshops, trainings, handbooks, etc.;
  3. Managing the elaboration of agendas and structure of Preparatory Conferences/Meetings of the Forum; including, selection of speakers and rapporteurs, logistical and financial aspects of the Forum's events, recording, substantial analysis and assessment of their recommendations;
  4. Organizing preparation of various documents and materials, such as background notes, concept and food-for-thought papers, draft speeches, annotated agendas and summaries on varied topics of the Forum process (transport, migration, investment, energy, water and land management, etc.);
  5. Establishing and maintaining contacts, at a senior level, with officials of international organizations, sub-regional initiatives, NGOs, business groupings, the OSCE field operations and the delegations in Vienna in the context of preparing the EFF process and organizing its follow-up activities;
  6. Providing substantial policy advice to the OSCE Chairmanship, Chairperson of the Economic and Environmental Committee, and the OCEEA senior management with regard to the EEF process as well as other economic and environmental aspects of security;
  7. Co-ordinating the OCEEA input to the Economic and Environmental Committee and the Permanent Council, in particular aiming at consensus building, and drafting and negotiating relevant Permanent Council/Ministerial Council decisions;
  8. Supporting the efforts of various OSCE field operations in the development and implementation of activities related to the EEF process;
  9. Co-ordinating the organization of the annual meeting with the Economic and Environmental Officers (EEO) and other meetings in the OSCE's economic and environmental dimension to review and assess the progress achieved as well as the preparation and publication of the annual OCEEA Activity Report;
  10. Performing other related duties as required.


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

Necessary Qualifications


  • Second-level university degree in economics, international relations or political science; focus on economic studies, development and/or transition economics, as well as on environmental security issues would be an asset; 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 and environmental issues;
  • Familiarity with a broad spectrum of global and regional economic and environmental issues allowing to adjust to varied themes and topics of the annual EEF process;
  • Experience in carrying out analysis and conceptualization;
  • Team leadership skills;
  • Drafting and speechwriting skills;
  • Experience in project development would be an important asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Professional fluency in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of another OSCE language, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions or cultural backgrounds;
  • Computer literate with practical experience with Microsoft applications.


Required competencies


Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities


Remuneration Package



Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 7,865, 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.


How To Apply



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 applicants 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.

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.