Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities (P5)

Economic & Environmental Affairs
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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 instability, 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. This is a senior management role and women are currently underrepresented in senior management grades. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply. 


Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the Co-ordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and in close co-ordination with the Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Environmental Activities, as Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities, you will be tasked with:


  1. Monitoring global and regional economic developments and analysing data relevant to the mandate of the Office to design conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes;
  2. Identifying partners to co-operate in joint projects and activities and directly developing projects for implementation;
  3. Drafting or commissioning expert studies, reports and publications on strategies for the economic programme of the OSCE;
  4. Preparing and co-ordinating the work programme of the Office in the fields of economic co-operation and promoting good governance; 
  5. Developing and implementing projects; 
  6. Supervising the staff of the Economic Governance Unit and the Economic, Environmental Forum Unit, and other staff in the implementation of the current activities;
  7. Compiling budget submissions, and co-administering unified budget funds and extra budgetary funds for relevant areas under their responsibility;
  8. Maintaining contacts with relevant international organizations, sub-regional initiatives, research institutions and NGOs to promote exchange of information and expertise;
  9. Maintaining contacts with Heads of the OSCE field operations to exchange information, provide guidance to economic/good governance officers in the field and identifying joint activities and projects for implementation;
  10. Representing the Office and the OSCE in meetings with senior government officials, including Ministers and Heads of Delegations to enlist support and funding for activities;
  11. Representing the Office at conferences, training courses and meetings with visitors and journalist and acting as a focal point for media relations; includes preparing speeches and presentations;
  12. Advising the Co-ordinator and Chairpersonship-in-Office on the substance of the Forum's theme and contributing to the development of follow-up activities to the Forum;
  13. Deputizing for the Co-ordinator in her/his absence and performing other duties as required.


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

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Second-level university degree in economics or business administration with substantial knowledge of international economic relations and social aspects of economy; a 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 ten years of relevant experience including some years at international level in the application of political and economic principles to problems of national and regional economic development;
  • Proven managerial, negotiation and interpersonal skills with the ability to supervise staff and handle the administrative matters of a medium-sized office;
  • Proven experience in co-operating with major international economic organizations and financial institutions;
  • Established experience in the application of project management principles as related to economic and social development and co-operation;
  • Recognized publication record is desirable, especially with a focus on transition economics;
  • Professional fluency in English including excellent drafting skills; knowledge of Russian is highly desirable, and working knowledge of other OSCE languages is an asset;
  • 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;
  • Computer literacy.


Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 9,300, with the actual monthly salary 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.


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 candidates 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.


Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see


The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years.


Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

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