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About OSCE
The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security‐oriented organisation with its 57 participating States located in Europe, Central Asia and North America. The organisation’s mandate includes issues that have an impact on collective security, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratisation, media freedom and national minorities.
The organisational structure consists of the Secretariat located in Vienna, Austria, the Institutions and 17 field operations in South‐Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. As of December 2017, the OSCE employs 3,416 staff; its unified budget for 2017 is €140Mil. 

The OSCE is a forum for political dialogue on a wide range of security issues and a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The organization uses a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions. Through this approach, and with its inclusive membership, the OSCE helps bridge differences and build trust between states by co-operating on conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.



The Procurement at the OSCE is entrusted with authority to issue tenders, conduct negotiations and award contracts for the provision of various goods and services to support organisations activities at the Secretariat and field level. The Procurement and Contracting Unit at Vienna, Austria is responsible for overseeing procurement across the organisation and provided assistance to the field; the OSCE’s Institutions and field activities are given the authority to conduct procurement activities up to a certain amount. The procurement activities at the OSCE are guided by the principles of fairness, integrity and transparency and aimed at delivering the Best Value for Money. The OSCE does not limit competition to participating States.

The OSCE’s Procurement Profile

The organisation procurement profile consist of the following two main groups:
  • Goods and services to maintain normal functioning of its offices, e.g., lease of premises, utilities, security services, furniture, stationery, IT, telecom, vehicles, conference services, etc.; and
  • Specialised products and tailor made services to fulfil procurement requirements of various projects and programmes, e.g., an unmanned aerial vehicles and related infrastructure, disposal of toxic chemical substances, customised IT solution, colocation services, etc.

Major expenditure categories in 2017:

  • Office lease – €8,9Mil
  • Staff medical support scheme – €8Mil
  • Conference services – €6Mil
  • Telecom – €4,9Mil
  • Software products – €4,3Mil
  • Utilities – €3,4Mil
  • IT hardware – €3Mil
  • Vehicles supplies – €3Mil
  • Vehicles, including armoured – €2,6Mil
  • Safety & security equipment – €2,2Mil

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