OSCE/ODIHR is looking for Intern at DGGU (Warsaw)

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 observations, as well as a large number of assistance projects in the areas of democratic institution building, the rule of law and human rights.

The Intern will provide assistance to the Democratic Governance and Gender Unit (DGGU), which forms part of the OSCE/ODIHR’s Democratization Department in Warsaw (Poland). Activities will include providing support to on-going projects on the political participation of women and persons with disabilities, as well as research on the concept of e-democracy and new forms of political participation. The Intern will assist in conducting research, drafting reports, supporting the preparation of events, liaising with project stakeholders and other tasks as assigned.

The ODIHR Democratic Governance and Gender Unit is looking to recruit an Intern for a 6 months’ period starting in January 2016.

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.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Democratic Governance and Gender Unit (DGGU), the Intern will:

  • Provide research support, as appropriate, to capture current political, legislative and electoral developments in the OSCE region as related to the implementation of project activities.
  • Systematize and maintain a database of relevant partners’ contacts and experts of DGGU.
  • Provide necessary support in drafting, peer reviewing, proofreading and finalization of upcoming DGGU reports and publications.
  • Support DGGU in its regular liaising with project partners and stakeholders in participating States, including representatives of civil society and government, to support the implementation of and follow up to project activities.
  • Support the staff of DGGU in the substantive and logistical organization and co-ordination of project activities, including study visits, conferences, roundtables, and meetings.


- Students in the final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level or recent graduates or postgraduates in law, international affairs, public administration, political or social sciences, gender studies or other related field.

- The upper age limit for applicants is 30 years.

- Knowledge of democratic governance processes and gender equality, particularly the participation of youth, women, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups in politics.

- Familiarity with e-democracy tools and online platforms for political activism.

- Fluency in written and oral English is essential. Fluency of Russian is highly desirable.

- Excellent analytical, research and drafting skills, organizational and inter-personal skills.

- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people and teams of different national and cultural backgrounds is required.

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 approval of the 2016 Unified Budget.

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.

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply for this internship opportunity, please use the OSCE's online application link. 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.

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.


By OSCE.org.