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Intern, Democratic Governance and Youth

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Youth
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • 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. Politico Military Department (PMD) is one of three programmatic departments in the POiB.. The PMD unit for Democratic Governance is primarily responsible for strengthening democratic governance by promoting parliamentarianism, fostering international and regional co-operation, increasing the awareness of youth on principles of parliamentary democracy and enhancing youth potential in peacebuilding and security efforts.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The PMD implements a project on supporting democratic governance on annual basis engaging in relations of civil society with public bodies and co-operating, mainly, with the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and Diplomatic Academy of the MFA. Therefore, the selected intern will have the opportunity to gain an overview and familiarize himself/herself with the POiB mandate and commitments in the field of the democratic governance and regional diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan. Under the overall supervision of National Programme Officer and Senior Programme Assistant, the intern will be requested to carry out the following duties:

  1. Assist in preparatory arrangements (logistical, administrative, financial, programmatic) for project events; 
  2. Assist in providing inputs for irregular requests from the management, liaison with the IP (reports, requests and etc.);
  3. 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 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;
  • A sound understanding of gender mainstreaming and the ability to integrate this in project management;
  • Strong analytical, research and drafting skills and knowledge of political system of Kyrgyzstan and current political situation in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Previous experience in working for international organizations/internships or in a diplomatic service and experience of interaction with public bodies and civil society organizations; 
  • Knowledge in humanitarian sciences ranging from Political Science to Economic Science and Social Science, especially democratic governance, diplomacy, international peace and security issues would be an asset;
  • Desire to learn more from new tasks and opportunities;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • 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;
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft 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.

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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