Intern, Human Rights Department, Warsaw, Poland 585 views

Issued by: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Vacancy number: VNODIC00779

Vacancy type: Intern

Field of expertise: Human Rights

Number of posts: 3

Duty station: Warsaw

Date of issue: 9 December 2019

Deadline for application: 7 January 2020 – 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


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The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution responsible for the human dimension of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ODIHR’s activities are implemented in 57 participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s political mandate. Among ODIHR’s main fields of activities are election observation, democratic institution building, the rule of law and human rights. ODIHR’s Human Rights Department provides expert advice to OSCE participating States, conducts capacity-building activities for State officials and civil society representatives and monitors the implementation of human dimension commitments.

Interns will assist in the implementation of activities within the various programmes of the Human Rights Department, which address human rights defenders, human rights education, human rights and anti-terrorism, torture prevention, anti-trafficking, freedom of religion or belief, freedom of peaceful assembly, national human rights institutions, and human rights, gender and security.

The ODIHR Human Rights Department is looking to recruit three interns for a 6 months’ period each starting in:

1. March 2020

2. August/September 2020

3. August/September 2020

Please note the starting date is subject to change. Please kindly mention your availability dates in the cover letter.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

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The tasks will consist of:

  • Undertaking desk research and analysis of human rights developments to assist in monitoring the implementation of human dimension commitments by the OSCE participating States;
  • Assisting in the preparation of written materials including reports, briefing papers or other documents on specific thematic human rights issues or focusing on specific countries or regions;
  • Assisting in the preparation and organization of meetings/conferences/ events/workshops for which the above-mentioned programmes are responsible;
  • Note-taking and contributing to drafting reports of various events;
  • Assisting in the implementation of any other project or task of the above-mentioned programmes or department-wide activities as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:

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  • Students in the final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level or recent graduates or postgraduates, i.e. within two years of graduation; in political sciences, international relations, law, international human rights law or other related fields;
  • The upper age limit for applicants is 30 years;
  • Applicants should be nationals of an OSCE participating State;
  • Previous exposure and/or experience in dealing with human rights issues is an asset;
  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written; knowledge of Russian is highly desirable;
  • Proven competence in research and analytical writing;
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication and reporting skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment; understanding of gender mainstreaming;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.

Required competencies:

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Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package:

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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 will be offered to interns who do not reside in the place of assignment. Such compensation shall be equivalent to 10% of the applicable Daily Subsistence Allowance rate of the respective duty station.

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:

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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: // 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: //

Only the OSCE on-line applications will be accepted and short-listed applicants contacted.

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.

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