Poland: Intern, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Country: Poland
Closing date: 02 Jul 2017


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.

Under the Maastricht Ministerial Council Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (TND), the ODIHR was given the task to serve as a collection point for information and statistics on hate crimes, including on forms of violent manifestations of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance and to report regularly on these issues. Most recently, ODIHR has developed a project focusing on addressing the security needs of Jewish communities; countering anti-Semitism through education, and fostering civil society coalition building. ODIHR is looking to recruit two interns to support the implementation of this project.

The internship will be for a period of up to six months, starting in September 2017.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The tasks will comprise of:

  • Assisting in gathering information and conducting research, mostly related to different manifestations of anti-Semitism in OSCE participating States, as well as analysis of developments related to tolerance and non-discrimination;
  • Assisting in the preparation of written materials including reports, overviews, briefing papers, presentations and/or documents on general or specific issues and/or specific countries or regions on tolerance and nondiscrimination issues;
  • Assisting in the preparation and organization of events;
  • Note-taking;
  • Performing other related tasks as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • The upper age limit for applicants is 30 years;
  • Applicants should be from an OSCE participating State;
  • Students in their final year of full-time studies from an accredited institution in human rights, 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 of graduation;
  • Previous exposure and/or experience in dealing with tolerance and non-discrimination in general and preventing anti-Semitism in particular is considered an asset;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English, oral and written; German, Russian, and French would be advantageous;
  • Proven competence in research and analytical writing in English;
  • Demonstrable organizational, communication and reporting skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications.

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 funds.

The selected intern may participate in the group health insurance scheme at his/her own expense, and 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.

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.