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 based within the Treaty Body Capacity Building Team (TBCBP) of the Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD). General Assembly resolution 68/268 designed a significant capacity-building programme to "support States parties in building their capacity to implement their treaty obligations". The Programme was established at the outset of 2015 with a team operating across OHCHR headquarters and the field, based in OHCHR's regional offices and Geneva. Staff are trained trainers on human rights and apply inter-active training and knowledge management techniques. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general guidance of the Coordinator of the Treaty Body Capacity Building team, the intern reports to the focal point for the Universal Human Rights Index and National Recommendation Tracking Database within area of 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, upon further approval by the supervisor, 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 Treaty Body Capacity-Building intern will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to assisting with the coordination of activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective; contributing to the daily updating of "indexing" of information in the Universal Human Rights Index (Click here on link: http://uhri.in.ohchr.org/); Assisting in the development and implementation of training programs in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law; Supporting the automation of the UHRI using artificial intelligence and to advance the tagging of recommendations with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Targets; Researching information and develop training exercises for use in capacity building activities on reporting by States to the Treaty Bodies; Supporting TBCBP regional focal points in the preparation of national and regional trainings; Supporting the pilot countries that are rolling out the National Tracking Recommendations Database (NRTD) to strengthen States' information management capacity on the implementation of human rights recommendations; 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, information technology/information-management, statistics 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 information technology and/or in the use of web technologies 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 Treaty Body Capacity-Building 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.