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 in order to help 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 program are used by the Rule of Law Section 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, and other major crimes, including organised crime and corruption. The Rule of Law Section requires the services of an Intern to provide assistance to the Legal Advisers, focussing on these fields.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Shoud you be selected, you will report directly to the respective Legal Adviser to whom you are assigned, and in the second instance, to the Head of Rule of Law. If selected, you will have the opportunity to gain an overview of matters pertaining to the rule of law in BiH. Specifically, you will perform the following tasks:
1. Conducting in-depth legal research in the area of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law, public international law, and other relevant fields of law, such as hate crimes, human trafficking, and major crimes, including corruption and terrorism;
2. Assisting in the preparation of background papers, reports, speeches, talking points and letters;
3. Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings;
4. Assisting in the organization of events related to the work of the Rule of Law Section;
5. Attending, monitoring, analysing, and reporting on on-going proceedings in criminal courts, dependent upon language proficiency;
6. Performing other duties as assigned.
- Be between 19 and 30 years old on the date of the deadline of this vacancy notice;
- Have completed two years of full-time undergraduate studies, or one year of full-time graduate studies, from an accredited institution or have completed a first 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;
- Knowledge of international legal standards, procedure and instruments, in particular in relation to international human rights law and international criminal law;
- Professional fluency in English with excellent communication skills;
- Professional fluency in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), would be an advantage;
- Strong analytical, research and drafting skills;
- 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;
- Excellent IT knowledge, including familiarity with Microsoft Office 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.
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.
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 https://jobs.osce.org/. Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer an internship with modified terms of reference or a different duration.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.