The OSCE is a “non-career” organization and endeavors to ensure that staff joining the OSCE become operational as quickly as possible and remain skilled throughout their tenure at the OSCE. The OSCE offers a comprehensive General Orientation Programme to all new staff, as well as a range of continuous on the job training and learning opportunities on topics such as leadership, management, communication, and operational skills.

The OSCE’s staff hail from all 57 pS and work in 20 geographical locations in the OSCE area. There are professional “P” staff, seconded staff and locally recruited “G” staff, who are serving in grades according to the UN staffing table. The P staff serve in positions from 1-7 years, with a ten-year maximum period of service, while G staff can serve indefinitely. There are also ExB staff who work on projects (and occasional consultants). At the start of 2020, the OSCE employed about 590 persons in its primary institutions, as well as over 3,000 persons in its field missions, including both direct hires and seconded personnel.

Staff Code of Conduct 

All OSCE officials must conduct themselves at the highest personal and professional level at all times, while on duty and off duty. Conduct includes compliance with accepted human rights standards, including OSCE officials shall adopt exemplary standards of personal behaviour to ensure the OSCE is contributing to combating trafficking in human beings, and is not exacerbating the problem.