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Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Border and Customs
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB) assists the host Government with the implementation of OSCE commitments and relevant international obligations and standards. The Extra-Budgetary projects on Strengthening Capacities of Kyrgyz and Afghan customs and border guards (ExB) work within the Political-Military Dimension at the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB). The ExB projects are aimed at building capacities of both countries customs and border guards’ services through providing specialized training, mentoring of instructors, development of curricula and lesson plans, training methodologies, as well as ensuring practical gender mainstreaming in all the projects’ activities.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The ExB projects demands involvement on a daily basis. Therefore, the selected intern will have the opportunity to gain an overview and familiarize himself or herself with the PMD border management, increasing operational capacities of the customs and border guards officials of both countries. Under the overall supervision of Project Manager, the intern will be requested to carry out the following duties:

  1. To follow up on all administrative aspects of the project; accompany the supervisor and other project staff on regular field visits, participates in discussions, and takes follow up action as/when required by the Project manager;
  2. To collect necessary background information and prepare technical specifications for goods and services to be procured;
  3. To assist in collection, registration, reporting and maintaining information on project activities by monitoring project events, drafting reports and maintaining liaison with partners for implementation;
  4. Assist in a) developing and sharing promotion products, b) administration/operation of communication channels, c) maintaining effective networking with media/state/civil society representatives;
  5. Provide feedback/report regularly to the supervisor, prepare various written outputs such as: draft social media posts, news items, agendas, briefing papers, minutes, talking points and other correspondence letters;
  6. Monitor and evaluate project concepts/proposals to ensure gender mainstreaming;
  7. Maintain a record of all news publications, posts, videos and TV/radio airing about the activities of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek;
  8. Translate texts, as requested by the Supervisor (involving materials in Dari/Pushtu, Russian and English languages) and carry out other administrative tasks;
  9. To assist in travel arrangements (official Travel, local travel, home leave, Visas, etc.) for project International and National personnel as well as national and international training participants of the project;
  10. To maintain records of the official travels within and outside the Mission Area, prepares OTAs for approval, ensures that travel arrangements are made in accordance with the OSCE Rules and Regulations and Administrative Instructions;
  11. Perform other work-related duties as required by the Supervisor.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, please see: We also recommend you to visit, where you can find a video created by former interns and recently presented webinar.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Be at least 19 years old and have completed two years of full-time studies from an accredited institution or have completed a first or advanced degree in a field relevant to the OSCE’s mandate no longer than two years ago by  the date of the deadline of the vacancy notice;
  • Studies in an academic field related to the OSCE portfolio;
  • Knowledge of the Central Asian region and its societal/political processes is highly desirable;
  • Professional fluency in English, Dari/Pushtu with excellent communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Russian language is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of the Kyrgyz language would be an important asset;
  • Knowledge of another OSCE working languages would be an asset;
  • Good organizational skills with ability to process and classify information quickly and efficiently;
  • A sound understanding of gender mainstreaming and the ability to integrate this in project management;
  • Strong analytical, research and drafting skills;
  • Previous experience in working for international organizations/internships or in a diplomatic service, as well as knowledge of issues related to the work of project would be an asset;
  • Excellent IT knowledge, familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet applications;
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.


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.

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 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.

Students of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek are particularly encouraged to apply.

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.

Additional Information
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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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