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Intern, Rule of Law

Sarajevo | Mission

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Sarajevo | Mission
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-08

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The Rule of Law Section, as a part of the Human Dimension Department of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducts a country-wide trial monitoring programme of criminal cases, which aims to ensure that case processing complies with the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Constitution, international human rights instruments, and BiH’s international commitments. Findings of the monitoring programme are used by the Rule of Law Section (RoLS) to promote necessary judicial and legal reforms and to provide assistance, advice, and training to the judiciary. Particular focus is on accountability for war crimes, hate crimes, human trafficking, corruption, and organised crime. The RoLS requires the services of one intern to provide assistance in the field of judicial and legal reform within BiH. 

Should you be selected for the position, you will have the opportunity to gain an overview/familiarize in the area of rule of law. You will be directly reporting to the Legal Adviser, Justice Sector Policy and, in the second instance, to the Head of Rule of Law.

Tasks and Responsibilities:


The successful candidate will be tasked with the following duties:    

1. Monitoring court cases before the Court of BiH, as well as the human rights situation within other justice sector institutions according to the policy and guidelines established by the Head Office;

2. Drafting reports on monitored proceedings, background papers, reports, talking points and letters;

3. Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings;

4. Assisting in the organization of events related to the work of the RoLS; and

5. Performing other duties as assigned.


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


Necessary Qualifications:


  • You should be between 19 and 30 years old on the date of the deadline of this vacancy notice;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of relevant BiH legal frameworks in addition to international legal standards, procedure and instruments, in particular in relation to international human rights law and international criminal law;
  • Strong analytical, research, and drafting skills;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; 
  • Professional fluency in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS);   
  • Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft and Internet applications;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity; 
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently;
  • Previous experience in working/interning for a judicial institution, international organizations, or diplomatic service, as well as knowledge of international humanitarian law, 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, and up to three (3) months for international applicants. 

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.


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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