Junior Professional Officer (JPO) OSCE Vienna


Key information
Level Entry-level (0-2 years experience)
Type Full-time
Country Austria
Languages English
Impact Area Human Rights
Deadline 26/11/2023

We are recruiting our next Junior Professional Officers to the OSCE in Vienna!

If you are a skilled graduate with enthusiasm and curiosity to join the OSCE, the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme might be the right choice for you and the beginning of an exciting international career journey. The overall goal of the JPO Programme is to provide our JPOs with an overview of the Organisation, its programmatic approach and regulatory framework and to offer hands-on experience with OSCE projects and activities in the Secretariat and in our Field Missions. The programme offers young professionals an opportunity to build a professional career in the multilateral international cooperation and equip them with skills and abilities necessary to work in a multicultural environment. The JPO Programme is a great opportunity to get a foothold in the international civil service sector. During their 24 months assignment, JPOs will work at two different duty stations and can potentially focus on two different subject areas. First, there will be a twelve-months period at the Secretariat (March 2024 until March 2025) followed by another twelve-months period in one of the OSCE field operations (April 2025 until April 2026).

During this round the Junior Professional Offer Programme is targeting candidates for positions in a wide range of thematic areas. Candidates must indicate their preference for a maximum of three thematic areas of interest in order of preference in their application. For more information about the thematic areas available, please see Terms of Reference.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Typical Tasks and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting thematic research, or surveys and analyses, and assisting in drafting research papers, policy reports or concept papers for the department/office of assignment;
  • Preparing policy work and background material for events, meetings or trips; assisting in the organization of meetings and events, communicating and networking with different partners and stakeholders;
  • Assisting in the preparation of written materials such as briefing papers, memos, talking points, speeches, newsletters, and presentations on specific issues related to the department of assignment;
  • Providing logistic and administrative support in the implementation, development and monitoring of projects;
  • Attending and providing support to various OSCE meetings, such as regular meetings of the OSCE decision-making and OSCE-related bodies;
  • Performing legal research and analysis and providing legal support for the preparation of legal opinions, studies, reports or correspondence, contracts, etc.;
  • Gaining insight into and participating in audit/evaluation related assignments;
  • Supporting the organization of events, meetings, regional workshops, round-tables and conferences including administering participants, communicating with participants/speakers, preparing and distributing materials and assisting with visa applications and hotel arrangements and online arrangements;
  • Providing support to OSCE learning activities; developing visuals and promotional materials;
  • Supporting with developing and publishing engaging content for the OSCE social media channels and the OSCE website; website updates, the production of booklets and leaflets and communication related events and outreach activities; organization and facilitation of webinars.


  • Candidates should be under the age of 32 on the deadline of this vacancy notice;
  • As the national nominating authority for OSCE, a requirement is that you are a Norwegian citizen;
  • Completed first-level university degree in a field of study relevant to OSCE’s mandate. This may include degrees in: Political Science, International Relations, Human Rights, Law, politico-military aspects of security, Criminal Justice, Peace and Conflict studies, Educational/Social sciences, Public Policy, Business Administration, Human Resources, Economics, Environmental studies, Information Technology, Media studies, Gender studies;
  • Previous work experience in a relevant field would be an asset;
  • Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely is mandatory; knowledge of other OSCE official languages would be an asset;
  • Awareness of the importance of integrating a diversity perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated open-mindedness, flexibility, high motivation and readiness to take on challenges;
  • Computer literacy with practical experience with Microsoft applications.

The main competencies of a NORCAP Expert: 

  • Building working relationships
  • Planning and organising
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience

What we offer

  • Rewarding work for a renowned global organisation
  • Access to a network of humanitarian, peace, and development professionals
  • Join NORCAP’s team of experts and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • A dedicated Staff Care Unit

How to apply

  • When submitting your application, kindly register in English your full employment history and education. Please include your full name as written in your passport. Uploaded CVs alone will not be reviewed.
  • NORCAP values diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or disability.
  • NORCAP reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates
  • Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and assignment
  • Feedback will be given to all applicants within four weeks after the closing of this advertisement.
  • Apply before 26th November 2023,11.59PM CET

NORDEM is NORCAP`s programme on human rights, democracy and peace. NORDEM has a longstanding partnership with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Norwegian experts have been seconded to support the Secretariat in Vienna and the various OSCE institutions and field missions.


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