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Special Service Agreement Osce

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For more information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, see: www.osce.org/secretariat In the enhanced agreement approved by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister for Foreign and European Affairs; Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE; and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the leaders of the two organizations who are committed to seeking common, effective and cooperative solutions to address the rapidly changing regional and global security environment. Please note that appointments for all professional and general services are made in accordance with the OSCE legal framework at level 1 of the current OSCE salary scale. The competent authority shall be free for the appointment to exceptionally authorise the appointment at a higher level, but within the limits of stage 3, provided that the candidate provides relevant evidence that he has more than one year of relevant experience than indicated in the vacancy notice or that the remuneration of the candidate with the former employer has been higher than that proposed by the OSCE. The OSCE emerged from the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), created in 1975 in the phase of détente between East and West. The Helsinki Final Act (1975), the Charter of Paris (1990), the Istanbul Charter for European Security (1999) and the Astana Declaration (2010) are the main agreements on which the OSCE is based. These important documents define an ever-increasing system of political commitments and commitments, based on a concept of global and cooperative security. This means that the OSCE operates on the principle of unanimity and does not impose any decisions on its members. In the event of a crisis or conflict, an agreement must therefore be sought between the States concerned. The OSCE is a non-career organization that is committed to the principle of staff rotation. For this reason, certain limitations have been imposed on certain posts (the classification of general service and work posts is similar to that applied in the United Nations common system), i.e. the head of mission or the post of director – four years maximum, P5 level – maximum five years, P4 level and below – maximum seven years, seconded members – up to seven years in the same mission. The cumulative duration of the duties of international staff/mission members may not exceed ten years.

NEW YORK, USA, 10 December 2019 – The OSCE and the United Nations Secretariat in New York today concluded an agreement to strengthen cooperation to address key challenges to international peace and security and promote respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. . . .

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