Intern, Direction and Policy (Warsaw)

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the rule of law.
The Office of the ODIHR Director recruits two interns for a period up to 6 months starting in:
1. September 2016
2. March 2017
(Please note the starting date is subject to change. Please kindly mention your availability dates in the cover letter).
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The tasks will comprise of:
  • Assisting the Head of the Director’s office and the Advisors of the Director in monitoring the implementation of OSCE commitments, including research and analysis of recent political developments.
  • Assisting in the preparation of Human Dimension events.
  • Assisting in the preparation of written materials including reports, overviews, briefing papers and/or documents on general or specific issues and/or specific countries or regions
  • Assisting in the preparation of travels and meetings of the Director and the Head of the Director’s Office
  • Note-taking;
  • Performing other related tasks as assigned.
Necessary Qualifications:
  • Applicants should be from an OSCE participating State;
  • Students in their final year of full-time studies from an accredited institution in Journalism, Humanities, Political Science, Law, International Relations or similar field, at graduate or postgraduate level; or recent graduates or postgraduates, i.e. within two years after graduation;
  • Previous exposure and/or experience in dealing with human rights issues is an asset;
  • Good working knowledge of English, both oral and written; knowledge of Russian and German is highly desirable;
  • Proven competence in research and analytical writing;
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication and reporting skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.
Remuneration Package:
The OSCE is not in a position to pay any remuneration or cover any expenses incurred by the intern during his/her stay nor reimburse travel expenses. Some compensation towards the cost of living may be offered to interns who do not reside in the place of assignment, subject to availability of the funds.
The selected intern may participate in the group health insurance scheme at his/her own expense, but the OSCE will cover life and accident/disability insurance. If the intern opts to arrange his/her own medical coverage, he/she shall provide evidence of medical coverage for the duty station he/she applies to, and for any eventual duty trip destinations.
The internship does not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE.
How to Apply:
If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply for this internship opportunity, please use the OSCE's online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment. Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer an internship with modified terms of reference or a different duration.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.