Switzerland Tuesday, 31 December 2019 UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneve INTRODUCTION: The Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity. ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING & REPORTING: This announcement broadcasts international internship assignment situated within the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Section of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch (APMENAB). The Branch leads OHCHR's work at the country-level in the region of responsibility. In collaboration with other divisions of OHCHR and under the guidance of the Director of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), APMENAB also supports the implementation of the Human Rights programme on the ground. Based in Geneva Switzerland, under the general guidance and direction of the Chief of the Middle East & North Africa Section, the intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the area of assignment. This internship may be offered for an initial period of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a total combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, and a commencement date ranging/starting from January 2019 to 31 December 2019. APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO INDICATE THEIR PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY IN THE COVER-LETTER OF THEIR APPLICATION. RESPONSIBILITIES: The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. Daily responsibilities of the Middle East and North Africa intern will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to assisting the Section in the systematic collection and analysis of information regarding the human rights situation in Middle East and North Africa region and countries and in the preparation of reports, documents and other written materials thereon; Assisting Desk Officers in researching and drafting of individual cases of alleged human rights violations; Assisting Desk Officers in responding to requests for information relating to the human rights situation in the region and/ or countries concerned; Assisting Desk Officers in preparing and updating Country profiles, briefing packages, daily and monthly updates/reports; Assisting Desk Officers in the preparation of relevant documents on thematic and country specific human rights issues; Assisting Desk Officers in taking minutes of meetings, attending side-events, Human Rights Council sessions, Treaty Bodies review and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) review; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate. COMPETENCIES COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. QUALIFICATIONS Education: To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, applicants must, at the time of application, be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree) in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, OR have graduated with a university degree as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period from the date of graduation. Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme though any relevant academic and/or practical experience, in particular in the area of legal affairs, human rights or a related area, would be an advantage. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs - which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage. ASSESSMENT: Short-listed candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an informal interview after the review of their application. Incomplete Personal History Profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. For this reason, it is crucial that the cover letter:Apply Now
- Specifies the area of interest in the Middle East & North Africa Section and the earliest date of availability;
- Notes the title and date of the recently obtained academic degree or the scheduled graduation date for study programme currently underway; and
- Indicates information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient.