OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Intern - Rule of Law
Deadline for application: 24 November 2015
The Rule of Law Section 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 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.
The Rule of Law Section requires the services of an intern to provide assistance to the Legal Advisers on War Crimes in the field of judicial and legal reform with emphasis on war crimes trials and processes that impact on transitional justice in BiH. The intern will be directly reporting to the Legal Adviser, War Crimes and the Rule of Law, and in the second instance to the Head of Rule of Law.
Tasks and responsibilities
• 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 areas of law;
• Assisting in the preparation of background papers, reports, speeches, talking points and letters;
• Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings;
• Assisting in the organization of events related to war crimes and transitional justice issues, including witness support and judicial outreach;
• Performing other duties as assigned.
• Be at least 19 years old and have completed two years of full-time studies from an accredited institution or have completed a first advanced degree in law 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. Knowledge of BCS would be an asset;
• 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, 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.
• Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
• Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
• Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the organization’s core values and organizational principles
• Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with
colleagues and with stakeholders of the organization
• Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
• Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
• Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
• Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
• Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
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 six (6) months and does not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE.
The selected intern interns 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. 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.