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Local Intern - Environmental Unit


  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Bishkek
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-10


Please note that the OSCE is not in a position paying any remuneration during the period of internship nor reimburse travel expenses.

The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB) assists the host Government with the implementation of OSCE commitments and relevant international obligations and standards. The Environmental Unit works within the Economic and Environmental Department at the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB). The Environmental unit is primarily responsible for the effective implementation of the regular budgetary and extra-budgetary projects both at the national and regional levels.

Note: This intership is planned for minimum 2 months, starting in September 2022. Possible extensions up to 6 months are subject to the needs of the hiring unit and performance of the incumbent.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The selected intern will have the opportunity to gain an overview and familiarize oneself with the broader POiB mandate and commitments in terms of environmental security, management, and monitoring in Kyrgyzstan. Under the overall supervision of the National Environmental Officer, the intern will be requested to carry out the following duties: 

  1. Assist in the overall coordination of activities of the Environmental unit in the implementation of activities both of UB and ExB projects; 
  2. Provide administrative support to the supervisor by preparing various written outputs, drafting briefing papers, minutes, internal meeting reports, and others; 
  3. Assist in an arrangement of meetings with implementing partners and other counterparts both online or in-person; 
  4. Assist in receipt and acceptance of goods from the suppliers; 
  5. Assist in the collection of data from IPs for monthly data collection; 
  6. Liaise with Finance and Procurement units to follow up on the procurement and payment processes; 
  7. Translate texts, as requested by the supervisor (involving materials in Russian and English languages) and carry out other administrative tasks; 
  8. 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 between 19 and 30 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;
  • Citizenship of or permanent residence in Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Studies in an academic field related to the OSCE portfolio;
  • Knowledge of the Central Asian region and its societal/political processes is highly desirable;
  • 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;
  • Good organizational skills with ability to process and classify information quickly and efficiently;
  • A sound understanding of economic and environmental governance 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 environmental issues would be an asset;
  • Excellent familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet applications;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst 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.

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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