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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Headquarter: Vienna, Austria
European and Co-ordinated Organizations
Vienna, Austria

About OSCE

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, 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 work of the OSCE spans the globe, encompassing three continents - North America, Europe and Asia - and more than a billion people.

  • Field Operations - Most of the OSCE’s staff and resources are deployed in the OSCE’s field operations in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Institutions and Structures - The Organization has a number of institutions and structures that help it implement its mandate. In addition, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly brings together parliamentarians from all participating States.
  • Participating States and Partners for Co-operation - The Organization comprises 57 participating States, 6 Mediterranean and 5 Asian Partners for Co-operation.

What OSCE do?

Security touches on many aspects of the way we live and are governed. The OSCE's comprehensive view of security covers three “dimensions”: the politico-military; the economic and environmental; and the human.The OSCE's activities cover all three of these areas, from "hard" security issues such as conflict prevention to fostering economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Working at OSCE

About 3,500 people work for the OSCE in five institutions and 16 field operations. There are tremendous opportunities – from field work in offices in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, to positions in the institutions in Vienna, The Hague, and Warsaw, through to administrative and managerial positions which keep the organisation ticking over every day.

Working for an international organization with a mission such as the OSCE is both challenging and rewarding, making you a real agent for change. Whatever your skill, the OSCE offers the potential for your own growth in a multi-cultural and dynamic environment.

Vacancies at the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of its 57 participating States. OSCE Partners for Co-operation can also nominate candidates for seconded posts at S1 and S2 level. If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, your application can unfortunately not be accepted.