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Local Intern, Political Affairs, Office of the Head of Mission

Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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The vacancy is open only for persons with the citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia. Persons who are older than 30 years on the date of the deadline of the vacancy notice or who have already served six months of internship in the OSCE, irrespective of the duty station, are not eligible to apply.

The Office of the Head of Mission (OHoM) of the OSCE Mission to Serbia is looking for an intern for its Political, Communication and Reporting Section (PCRS).

The incumbent will undertake an unpaid internship for the duration of up to six months, subject to the requirements of service and satisfactory performance by the incumbent. Please note that all internships with the OSCE are unpaid. The OSCE is not in a position to pay any remuneration during the period of internship, nor to reimburse travel expenses to or from the place of assignment.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The selected intern will have an opportunity to gain an overview of the work of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, focusing on political affairs. Under the supervision of the Political Affairs Officer, the intern will carry out the following duties:

  1. Assisting in drafting/reviewing talking points, backgrounders, correspondence;
  2. Assisting in proofreading texts such as articles and draft legislation;
  3. Delivering fact-finding and checking, research and summary tasks to support the activities of the Office of the Head of Mission (OHoM);
  4. Streamlining the use of the Political Unit’s archive;
  5. Performing other duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;
  • Applicants should be under the age of 30 on the date of the deadline of this vacancy;
  • Applicants who have already served six months of internship in the OSCE, irrespective of the duty station, are not eligible to apply;
  • University degree in political studies, law, international relations, development studies, journalism, communication, or similar fields, or completion of at least three years of full-time studies in the aforementioned fields from an accredited institution;
  • Previous experience in an international organization or in diplomacy, in governmental or civil society organizations, or in political organizations would be an asset;
  • Fluency in English and Serbian with excellent communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, research and drafting skills;
  • Political sensitivity and awareness of the national and regional context;
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different nationalities, cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OSCE core values and competencies by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at:

Remuneration Package

The incumbent will undertake an internship in the duration of up to six months. The envisaged commencement date will be in July 2021.

The OSCE is not in a position to pay any remuneration or cover expenses incurred by the intern. However, some compensation towards the cost of living will be offered to interns who do not have their residence in Belgrade and who do not receive financial support from an educational institution. In 2021, this compensation is set at EUR 13.1 per day (i.e. 10% of the Board and Lodging Allowance). In addition, the OSCE will cover the costs of any official travel undertaken during the internship.

The selected intern must provide evidence of health insurance coverage that is valid for Serbia, otherwise they shall be obliged to join the OSCE group health insurance for the period of their internship, in which case they shall pay the corresponding premium in full (EUR 40.35 per month). The OSCE shall bear the premium costs of group life and accident/disability insurance.

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, no later than 21 June 2021. Only online applications will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 28 June 2021 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, or offer an internship with modified terms of reference or a different duration.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men within the Organization.

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

Contact Tel. No: 011-3606 100, ext.: 4133, 4127, 4130, 4153 (Human Resources Office).

Participation in the internship programme does not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE.

Additional Information
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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