Associate Environmental Project Officer

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

Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹


Please note that this post is extra-budgetary (ExB) funded and initial appointment is for six months, subject to possible extension.

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 overall supervision of the Environmental Programme Officer, the Associate Environmental Project Officer will assist the Environmental Co-operation Unit of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) in the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of extra-budgetary (ExB) projects in the field of environment and security, primarily targeting Eastern Europe and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation. More specifically, he/she will be tasked with:

  • Drafting extra-budgetary project documents, budgets and detailed work plans and assisting in inception of projects; 
  • Supporting organization of meetings, workshops, trainings, study tours in close collaboration with relevant OSCE Secretariat departments, OSCE Field Operations and other local, national, and international stakeholders, and drafting reports for such project events;
  • Preparing project revisions, including adjustments to activities or budgets on the basis of changed circumstances and in compliance with the donor requirements; 
  • Performing research on relevant thematic issues, national and international policy and legislative frameworks and preparing background and information material;
  • Maintaining close relationships with project stakeholders at technical level including relevant national authorities, institutions, NGOs, academia as well as partners;
  • Assisting in monitoring the implementation of the projects against the established indicators; 
  • Drafting narrative and financial project reports;
  • Alerting project managers to potential risks, problems, and issues that emerge during project implementation; 
  • Collecting, consolidating and documenting lessons learned and the knowledge generated through respective extra-budgetary projects;
  • Contributing to the visibility of the results obtained in the respective extra-budgetary projects; 
  • Performing other related tasks as required. 

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Necessary Qualifications
  • University degree in political or environmental science, engineering, geography, international relations, public administration or a related field;
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience in environmental, preferably natural resources management field;
  • Relevant professional experience in project development, implementation and monitoring and reporting in international/regional organizations; experience with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) would be an asset;
  • Experience and familiarity with the environmental issues in the Eastern European region and in the countries of Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and good working knowledge of Russian; knowledge of languages of the targeted project regions would be an asset.
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 4,863, 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.

Appointments are 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 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 shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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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 should the project be extended, 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.