ICMP: Internship (Archaeology and Anthropology), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Internship (Archaeology and Anthropology) Archaeology and Anthropology Division Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Other 013/2021


Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes.

Western Balkans Program

In the Western Balkans, ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil society organizations with one another and with governments and local authorities in the region. It has pioneered the application of state-of-the-art DNA and advanced database informatics to locate and identify large numbers of missing persons. To date, more than 70 percent of the estimated 40,000 persons reported missing at the end of the fighting in the Western Balkans have been accounted for. ICMP’s Western Balkans Program continues to provide assistance to countries in the region to account for approximately 12,000 persons who are still missing from the conflict in the 1990s.

Position Background

The selected Intern will experience and practice forensic archaeological principles – recovery and documenting techniques, as well as forensic anthropological principles – examination and analysis, as implemented within the ICMP’s Western Balkans Program in BIH. This workload is part of ICMP’s regular technical assistance to local authorities in the missing persons process, and therefore the Intern will have the opportunity to learn about and directly contribute to the global efforts to account for missing persons around the world.

This is a six month unpaid internship. Actual hours per week can vary depending on availability of the selected intern.

Implementation subject to Covid restrictions and work-from-home mandates.

Position Description

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the WB Forensic Coordinator, the AAD Intern duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Study, be mentored on, observe, and practice archaeological and anthropological best practice as implemented by the AAD team within the WB Program.
  • Observe and participate in provision of technical assistance to designated authorities.
  • Study and practice case documentation and case management procedures and protocols, which includes use of IDMS Field Operations and Examination Modules.
  • Learn about, and participate in, team work, as well as remote team work and coordination of activities within the AAD team.


  • Undergraduate degree, or final year of in the field of archaeology, osteoarchaeology, physical anthropology, biology, medical, and related sciences
  • Demonstrable knowledge of basics of human anatomy and osteology.
  • Previous experience with academic research, study, and writing; some experience with technical report writing is an advantage.
  • Basic photography skills.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills



  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian preffered;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point;
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender;
  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings;
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner.

Please consider the following before applying:

Working hours – are agreed with their supervisors. Interns must provide written notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances that prevent them from observing these working hours.

Visa and travel – Interns are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If required, ICMP may request the host state to assist a selected intern in obtaining visas. Costs and arrangements for travel, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern.

Insurance – Interns are responsible for providing proof of valid medical insurance coverage prior to the start of the internship placement.

Conduct & Confidentiality – Interns are required to sign and abide by the ICMP Code of Ethical Conduct. ICMP has the authority to remove any intern from a placement due to unsatisfactory performance or conduct.


Full-time internships (40 hours per week) will be provided to selected candidate.

Expected start date: ASAP

Review of applications will begin on 15 April 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled.


ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

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