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Intern, DSC


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Sarajevo
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: Closed




One of the two foremost programmatic departments of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Mission), the Department for Security Co-operation (DSC) is engaged on the OSCE’s work pertaining to politico-military and security matters. DSC engages both on military and non-military matters, aiming to sustainably improve defence and security sector governance and reform, as well as BiH compliance with and reporting on OSCE politico-military and security commitments.

DSC develops and realizes the Security Co-operation programme, and is to that end implementing three Unified Budget (UB) projects: Arms Control & Politico-Military Affairs, Anti-Terrorism (including in terms of preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization conducive to terrorism), and Security Governance & Co-operation (SGC). 

The SGC project contains several distinct portfolios, i.e. (1) security sector governance and reform (incl. integrity building, gender equality, and youth participation), (2) parliamentary oversight and democratic control, (3) border security and management, (4) cyber security, (5) law enforcement developments, and (6) protection and rescue. The Department is also engaged in extra-budgetary efforts (ExB) on small arms and light weapons (SALW), advancement of intelligence-led policing (ILP), and building sustainable cybersecurity capacities in BiH.

Tasks and Responsibilities:


Under the direct supervision of the DSC Programme Co-ordinator and overall supervision of the Head of Security Co-operation, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:

1. Supporting drafting/development and review of the Department’s written products, including project documents, reporting inputs, official correspondence, briefing notes, speeches, and press releases;

2. Compiling, drafting and substantively reviewing written input for regular and ad hoc reporting, including for the Missions’ Weekly Update and its Monthly Activity Report;

3. Assisting in the development and implementation of the Department’s core and extra-budgetary project activities, including by drafting and/or reviewing Budget Requests (BRs) and Terms of Reference (ToRs), as well as by supporting the preparation, organization and execution of events;

4. Conducting research and analysis as needed, and informing management accordingly on key findings, issues, developments/trends, and proposals for action;

5. Assisting in producing and updating briefs, information sheets, factsheets, presentations and other information products, for both internal and external counterparts;

6. Participating in meetings with host country authorities, civil society representatives, and international partners, as designated;

7. Contributing to cross-departmental collaboration withing the Mission, including by seeking out opportunities for information sharing;

8. Performing other tasks as required.



For more information on the work of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please see:



Necessary Qualifications:


  • You should be under the age of 30 on the date of the deadline of this vacancy notice/requisition;
  • You should be in your final year of higher education at graduate or postgraduate level or within two years after graduation by the deadline of the vacancy notice/requisition;
  • Your educational background should be in a field relevant to the OSCE’s mandate;
  • Research and analytical capacity, including the ability to effectively gather and present information in different forms to diverse audiences;
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to process and classify information efficiently and with due attention to detail;
  • Professional fluency in English and in the local languages with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills;
  • Exceptional ability to draft and review written products;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, and of different genders, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Knowledge of the political, socio-economic and cultural context in BiH, as well as some degree of familiarity with OSCE policies, procedures, practices, programmatic work and organizational structure would be an asset.



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 in Sarajevo nor reimburse travel expenses. However, interns selected who are non-residents of Sarajevo may be eligible for some compensation towards their living costs in Sarajevo. 

The internship lasts up to six (6) months for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Internships do not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE. 

The selected intern shall provide the OSCE with evidence that he/she has health insurance coverage which is valid for Bosnia and Herzegovina, otherwise he/she shall be obliged to join the OSCE group health insurance scheme for the period of their internship, at their own expense. The OSCE will cover life and disability insurance for the duration of internship.



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

Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post 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 religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.


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