Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The OSCE is an intergovernmental organisation that encompasses politico-military, economic, environmental and human aspects and addresses a wide range of security-related concerns such as arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratisation, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities.

Working for the OSCE

More than 3'400 people are employed by the OSCE, including 2'800 staff engaged in 16 field operations. There are tremendous opportunities – from field work in offices in Europe and Central Asia, to positions in the institution in Vienna, the Hague and Warsaw, through to administrative and managerial positions which keep the organisation ticking over every day.

Sought profiles

The OSCE offers various types of employment: contracted positions (fixed or short-term contracts); consultants (short-term and on an ad-hoc basis); seconded positions (positions filled by staff nominated and paid by OSCE participating States); internships; Junior Professional Officer Programme; Experts/Young Diplomats Programme.

A wide range of employment opportunities are offered in the following areas: administration and support, civilian police, democratisation, economic and environmental affairs, education, election, general staff/ monitoring functions, human rights, media affairs, military affairs, political affairs, rule of law.

Opportunities for students and junior professionals

OSCE Internship Programme
The OSCE Internship Programme provides a framework for graduate/postgraduate students or recent graduates or postgraduates (within one year of graduation) to develop their professional skills and gain practical work experience in an international environment.
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Research Fellowship
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly International Secretariat regularly engages eight or nine graduate students of political science, law and international relations from universities in OSCE countries as Research Fellows.
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Junior Professional Officer (JPOJunior Professional Officer ) Programme
Applicants to the JPO programme should be under 30 years of age, and must be graduates of an accredited university in fields of study relevant to the OSCE’s mandate and fields of work.

Experts/Young Diplomats Programme
Applicants to this programme should be under 35 years of age, nationals of an OSCE Partner for Co-operation State and graduates of an accredited university in fields of study relevant to the OSCE’s mandate and fields of work.

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Fields of activity
Human rights and peace promotion, conflict prevention, crisis management, post-conflict rehabilitation, good governance, economic and environmental activities, and human rights

Countries of operation
The OSCE is the largest regional security organisation in the world with 57 participating States from Europe, Asia and North Africa. It deploys its staff and resources primarily in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia

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