Secondment jobs

The majority of positions in OSCE field operations are filled by secondment, which means that individuals are nominated by their respective OSCE participating State.

Seconded positions are available in the following fields of expertise: 

  • Administration and support 
  • Civilian police 
  • Democratization 
  • Economic and environmental affairs 
  • Education 
  • Elections 
  • General staff/monitoring functions 
  • Human rights 
  • Media affairs 
  • Military affairs 
  • Political affairs 
  • Rule of law

Besides meeting the criteria outlined in these fields of expertise, candidates must also meet the OSCE general minimum requirements for mission members.

For middle and senior management positions, candidates must possess solid management skills and experience.

In addition, a limited number of seconded positions are available at the OSCE Secretariat and the Institutions.

How to apply

Having identified a vacancy notice for which you would like to apply, click on the Apply Online link, select your respective participating State and follow the application method shown. If your participating State is using the OSCE iRecruitment online system, the application will be directed electronically to your respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or OSCE Delegation. If your participating State is not using the on-line method, you will be requested to contact your OSCE Delegation. The nomination process takes place in the respective countries. The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization. The nomination of female candidates is particularly encouraged.

OSCE participating States are responsible for the compensation/benefit packages of seconded staff, therefore please direct all enquiries to the designated contact point. The OSCE pays living expenses in the form of a board and lodging allowance for those positions located in a field duty station. However, for secondments to the Secretariat and the Institutions, all costs must be borne by the nominating authority.

Secondments are generally for an initial period of twelve months, with a possibility of extension. The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation. Seconded mission members may serve in the same mission for a maximum period of seven years, whereas the total length of service with the OSCE shall not exceed ten years.

While nationals of  OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations.  For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.

Select a participating State or Partner for Co-operation to learn more:

  • Albania
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Afghanistan
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Algeria
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Andorra
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Armenia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Austria
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Australia
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Azerbaijan
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Belarus
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Belgium
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Bulgaria
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Canada
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Croatia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Cyprus
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Czech Republic
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Denmark
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Egypt
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Estonia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • European Union
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Finland
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • France
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Georgia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Germany
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Greece
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Holy See
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Hungary
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Iceland
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Ireland
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Israel
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Italy
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Japan
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Jordan
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Kazakhstan
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Kyrgyzstan
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Latvia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Liechtenstein
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Lithuania
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Luxembourg
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Malta
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Moldova
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Monaco
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Mongolia
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Montenegro
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Morocco
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • North Macedonia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Netherlands
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Norway
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Poland
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Portugal
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Romania
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Russian Federation
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • San Marino
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.
  • Serbia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Slovakia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Slovenia
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Spain
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Sweden
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Switzerland
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Tajikistan
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Thailand
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • The Republic of Korea
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Tunisia
    While nationals of OSCE Partners for Co-operation (PfC) shall not be considered for international contracted positions, OSCE Partners for Co-operation may nominate candidates for international seconded posts in the Secretariat/Institutions as well as those at S1 to S2 level in the Field Operations. For more information, nationals of PfC should contact their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or other relevant entities.
  • Turkey
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Turkmenistan
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • Ukraine
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • United Kingdom
    The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating State. Please create a profile and apply for the specific vacancy. The application will be directed to your participating state of nationality for a decision. Please liaise with your delegation should you have further questions about the nomination process.
  • United States of America
    Your participating state requires previous steps prior to your submitting an application for consideration. Please click on the link below to follow instructions. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international seconded positions if nominated by your respective participating state. Click here to learn more.
  • Uzbekistan
    Your country of citizenship does not currently provide the possibility of an online application for seconded positions. For more information, please contact your country's OSCE delegation. The OSCE can only view and consider applications for international contracted positions if nominated by your respective participating state.



If your country of nationality is not listed above, you do not qualify to apply for positions at the OSCE, except international consultants.

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