Economic and Environmental Officer
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 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.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Economic and Environmental Officer (SEEO), as Economic and Environmental Officer (EEO), you will support the preparation and contribute to the co-ordination of OSCE activities in relation to economic and environmental aspects of security, in particular with regard to the preparation and follow-up of the Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF), the Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM), and the Economic and Environmental Committee (EEC) meetings organized each year by the OCEEA in close co-operation with the Chairmanship.
More specifically, you will be responsible for the following:
- Contributing to the whole preparatory process leading up to the EEF, the EEDIM, the EEC;
- Initiating proposals for conference, preparing draft agenda, identifying and contacting potential speakers and discussing the content of their contributions;
- Preparing briefing papers and reports, draft speeches to be delivered by the Co-ordinator, the Secretary General as required;
- Preparing OCEEA input to meetings of the Permanent Council, the Economic and Environmental Committee;
- Assisting in providing support to the Chairmanship and the Chair of the EEC;
- Assisting in preparing background studies on economic and environmental issues related to security;
- Seeking, establishing and maintaining working relations with international organizations, sub-regional initiatives and NGOs, and with responsible officers in the OSCE Delegations, particularly in the Delegation of the Chairmanship, as well as with OSCE field presences;
- Supporting the work of the OSCE field presences and functioning as a focal point for the co-ordination of activities;
- Performing other duties as required.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat
- 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;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; knowledge of other OSCE working languages, especially Russian, would be an important asset;
- 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 https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
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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.
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 several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.