Tuesday, 31 December 2019 UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 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 assignments located within the Special Procedures Branch (SPB). Situated in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), the Branch is responsible for thematic research and policy development, human rights mainstreaming across all work areas of the United Nations system, development of tools and learning packages and provision of expertise to a variety of stakeholders on a wide range of human rights themes. SPB lends support to independent human rights experts - Special Rapporteurs or Independent Experts, together referred to as mandate holders, appointed by the Human Rights Council with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic perspective. The Branch consists of the six Sections and Units, namely: the Groups and Accountability Section; the Sustainable Human Development Section; the Protection, Religion, Accountability and Human Security Section; the Justice, Protection and Social Rights Unit; Equality, Non-Discrimination and Participation Unit; and the Coordination Information and Communications Unit. For more information on the Special Procedures Branch and its work, including an overview of the different themes covered, go to: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/Welcomepage.aspx Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general direction of the Chief of Branch and the supervision of the respective Chief of Section, the intern directly reports to the respective thematic Secretary or Human Rights Officer within the area of the assignment. This internship is offered for an initial period of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a total combined period of six (6) months and a commencement date ranging/ starting from January 2019 to June 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 Special Procedures intern will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to contributing to thematic reports or studies, including research of related literature, international law and jurisprudence; Assisting in the preparation of official country visits, in particular through the drafting of countryspecific human rights assessments; Analyzing human rights issues contained in cases and complaints addressed to the mandate holders; Drafting letters on particular cases and complaints taken up by mandate holders, including summarizing the human rights violations alleged in the case and preparing a short legal analysis of these violations; Collecting information and conducting research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements and other documents; Taking notes of meetings with different stakeholders, in particular civil society representatives; Attend sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and assisting with the preparation of related activities and events; Assisting in the organization of meetings and seminars; 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 or French is required and knowledge of the other is an asset. Knowledge of another United Nations official language – i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish, 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 Special Procedures Branch 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.