Internship: Digital Librarian

1.31.17 –  Digital Library Internship
OSCE Secretariat, Vienna, Austria

Sarah P’s comments:  I was asked to post this internship and am glad to do so however please note this is an unpaid position and check to see which nationalities are eligible to apply:
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.

Closing Date: February, 13, 2017

The Department to Address Transnational Threats (TNT Department) supports the Secretary General in functioning as the focal point of Organization-wide programmatic activities relating to countering transnational threats and in ensuring co-ordination and coherence of action across all three dimensions and among all OSCE executive structures, while respecting their mandates. The TNT Department comprises the Co-ordination Cell, the Strategic Police Matters Unit, the Anti-Terrorism Issues Unit and the Border Security and Management Unit.

The Co-ordination Cell (CC) of the TNTD supports the Secretary General and the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office in all cyber/ICT security-related matters and acts as focal point for requests from participating States (pS) for activities to enhance cyber/ICT security and supports them in the implementation and development of pertinent confidence-building measures (CBMs). TNTD/CC also promotes OSCE efforts in this area at international expert meetings and liaises with internal and external partners to explore potential areas of co-operation and collaboration.

The POLIS Online Information System was developed and launched in 2006 as a web application that provides users with a digital library, a database of international experts available for short-term assessments in countering transnational threats, a database of country profiles related to law-enforcement agencies and criminal justice systems in pS, a discussion platform for online events and associated social media presences.  TNTD have built a new online information platform by utilising state-of-the-art web technologies, based on the experience and feedback accumulated since 2006, to better reflect OSCE-wide activities in addressing transnational threats.

The Co-ordination Cell is looking for an intern for up to 6 months to start in March 2017 to help them with the migration of content from the old POLIS digital library to the new library.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision/guidance of the Information Management Officer, the intern will assist with:

  • Migrating assets from the old web site to Drupal 8, which requires reviewing and providing the proper metadata and ensuring the entries’ adherence to style guidelines;
  • Proofreading entries on Drupal 8 for proper metadata, inclusion of associated files and other criteria;
  • Assessing user experience of the Drupal 8 site;
  • Performing any other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:

 

  • Applicants should be under the age of 30 (on the date of the deadline of this vacancy) and from an OSCE participating State;
  • University degree or currently enrolled in a Masters in information management, library science/digital libraries OR a first level degree in journalism with a strong emphasis on copy-editing/proofreading;
  • Some previous work experience or an internship related to management of thematic information repositories or in web editing and copy-editing would be an asset;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Attention to detail with ability to process and classify information quickly and efficiently;
  • Professional fluency in English with very good communication skills; knowledge of another OSCE language, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

 

Required Competencies:

  • 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
  • Communication: 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
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration:
The OSCE is not in a position to pay any remuneration or cover any expenses incurred by the intern during his/her stay in Vienna nor reimburse travel expenses. 

The internship will be for an initial period of three (3) months with extension up to six (6) months and does not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE.  

The selected intern will participate in the group health insurance scheme at his/her own expense but the OSCE will cover life and disability insurance.

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 http://www.osce.org/employment.  Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.

 

 

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