How to become more eligible for assignments
Attend the trainings offered
NORDEMs election training course or another recognised training (NEEDs, election course from the University of Bergen) is normally a prerequisite for election assignments. The UN's online security courses are required for many missions.
Signal your availability for particular assignments
You may contact us if you are interested in particular seconded positions in international organisations (for example seconded OSCE positions), but bear in mind that the MFA will only wish to finance some of these positions. You are also welcome to signal your interest in being a long term observer in one of the elections listed under upcoming elections.
Improve your language skills
Some NORDEM assignments require knowledge of either French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. If this is the case, you are eligible only if you can use the language as a working language. This means that you must be able to e.g. hold an official meeting and write reports in the respective language. For long term assignments CEF-level B1 is usually sufficient, while election observation assignments normally require C1.
Acquire relevant international experience
Many of the positions NORDEM seconds to are highly competitive or require previous international experience. We therefore highly encourage members to acquire international work experience through internships/traineeships in international organisations or Norwegian embassies, UNV assignments, JPO-positions, assignments through other rosters such as NORCAP or international NGO experience.