Working with the OSCE

Germany is assuming an active and proactive role in international organisations.

Symbolbild Enlarge image (© Thomas Trutschel/ We are promoting the deployment of German staff in international organisations. The German Government seeks to further increase the German presence in terms of quantity and quality ‑ also within the OSCE, of course.

The OSCE offers jobs in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, with the autonomous OSCE institutions in Warsaw (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights/ODIHR), The Hague (High Commissioner on National Minorities/HCNM) and Vienna (Representative on Freedom of the Media/ROFM), as well as with the numerous OSCE field operations such as the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.

The various OSCE agencies regularly post their vacancies as “contracted positions”; you can apply for those jobs directly. While the Federal Foreign Office and the Permanent Mission stand ready to help you with your application, it is the OSCE alone which will take the final decision.

Furthermore, there is the possibility of a secondment to the OSCE or its field missions (“seconded positions”). It is not possible to submit a direct application to the OSCE for those positions. Instead, each OSCE participating state can nominate candidates; that state will then also be responsible for their payment.

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In Germany, the Center for International Peace Operations (Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze, ZIF), in coordination with the Federal Foreign Office, is responsible for nominating and seconding staff. The Center also offers preparatory courses. If you are interested in election monitoring, please also contact ZIF.

Further information from OSCE Human Resources

OSCE job newsletter

Information from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for persons interested in election monitoring

Working with the OSCE


German OSCE staff

At the end of 2016, 51 German nationals were working in the OSCE structures, 16 of them in field operations (not counting the SMM) and 35 in the Secretariat and institutions. At the beginning of March 2017, 32 out of 716 SMM monitoring staff were Germans.


You are welcome to contact the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE Vienna via our general contact e-mail form