Environmental Affairs Adviser

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

Vienna, , AT


This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to 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 principle objective of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) is to strengthen security and stability in the OSCE region by promoting international co-operation on economic and environmental issues. The mandate of the OCEEA is guided particularly by the OSCE Strategy Document for the Economic and Environmental Dimension, approved by the OSCE Ministerial Council in Maastricht in December 2003.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Environmental Affairs Adviser and guided by the Deputy Co-ordinator / Head of Environmental Activities, in close co-operation with colleagues from the Environmental Co-operation Unit, and in order to assist the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in carrying out his mandate, as set out in PC Decision 197 of 5 November, 1997, the incumbent performs the following functions, focusing on environment and security issues:

  1. Identifying, implementing, monitoring and reporting on projects on environment and security issues, in particular in the area of water management, in close co-ordination and co-operation with colleagues in the Environmental Co-operation Unit;
  2. Assisting in resource mobilization for OCEEA environmental projects;
  3. Supporting the OSCE field operations in the development, and implementation of  project activities, in particular those relating to water management;
  4. Maintaining working relations with the partners of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) as well as other international organizations, sub-regional initiatives and NGOs to help implementing the ENVSEC work programme, particularly in the area of water management;
  5. Establishing and maintaining contact at a comparable level with officials of international organizations, regional initiatives, NGOs and business groups to identify activities for joint implementation and to share/compare results of project analysis and findings to ensure co-ordinated programme development and implementation;
  6. Developing agenda items and work programmes for seminars, workshops, training courses and other activities related to environmental activities;
  7. Liaising with relevant departments in the OSCE Secretariat in implementing project activities, and responding to information requests by the OSCE Senior Management and the OSCE Delegations;
  8. Contributing to the OCEEA’s policy processes, in particular the Economic and Environmental Forum, Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting and Economic and Environmental Committee  processes, e.g. by identifying and proposing speakers, preparing discussion sessions and drafting agendas; and prepares draft speeches, statements, presentations and briefings for a wide range of purposes by the Senior Management of OCEEA and OSCE;
  9. Performing other related duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see: http://www.osce.org/secretariat.

Necessary Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in Economics, International Relations, Political or Environmental Science, with a focus on project management on environment and security issues;
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience, preferably at an international level;
  • Work experience in project development would be an important asset;
  • Understanding of and experience in security-related environmental issues;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent drafting and communication skills; professional fluency in Russian is highly desirable;
  • Ability to operate windows applications including word processing and e-mail;
  • 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.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.

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.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.

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.