Intern - Human Rights, Geneva

OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: OHCHR Geneva

Grade: I-1

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Closing date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017





Department/ Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Duty Station: GENEVA


Posting Period: 20 October 2016-18 October 2017


Job Opening number: 16-HRI-OHCHR-68534-R-GENEVA (O)


Staffing Exercise ID: N/A


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


Special Notice


Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The cover note must include:


Title of degree you are currently pursuing.

Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?)




Organizational Setting and Reporting


The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of the Section.


The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns are not staff members of the Organization and do not represent it in any capacity.


Interns work five days per week. This internship is located in the Europe and Central Asia Section, (ECA) Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)


The overall objective of OHCHR's activities in the region of Europe and Central Asia for 2016 will be to follow-up to recommendations stemming from international human rights mechanisms and on the implementation of human rights projects on the ground. The Europe and Central Asia Section (ECAS) will continue its support for the office-wide approach of thematic clustering of the recommendations from international human rights mechanisms, and accordingly providing technical assistance to Governments, UN Country Teams (UNCT) and other national partners in reviewing, prioritization and effective implementation with a view to bring concrete positive changes in various areas pertaining to human rights. In doing so, the Section will:


Keep up the overall policy of OHCHR to mainstream and integrate human rights within the work of the UNCTs, as well as to work increasingly with or through others;

Support national partners, including the Governments, the NHRIS and NGOs, to build and strengthen the national capacity for the protection of human rights in a sustainable way.

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The selected young professionals will be working in cooperation with the other staff members of the ECAS, and under the overall direction and supervision of the Section Chief who, as a mentor/advisor, will provide guidance and supervision to the intern throughout the internship period. Interns will have a chance to learn the overall OHCHR policies and framework of human rights issues, development and implementation of technical cooperation projects in the region of Europe and Central Asia. They are also expected to contribute to the Section by assisting the Office in compiling basic information, analyzing key issues, collecting information and documents received from UN/Headquarters/Field Offices and performing other duties to be assigned by the ECA Section Chief.


a)Review relevant information and documents related to OHCHR work in order to acquire basic understanding of the mandates, strategic policies, framework of programmes / activities of the organization.


b)Assist the Desk Officers (DOs) in maintaining contacts with concerned UNCTs and relevant human rights offices, NGOs and institutions as well as OHCHR field offices in the region.


c)Assist the DOs in the coordination of the programme of missions of special rapporteurs/representatives/experts or working groups and others, to countries in the geographical area concerned and liaise in this regard with the thematic mechanisms teams, other branches and the office of the High Commissioner.


d)Assist with activities pertaining to the Universal Periodic Review and follow-up.


e)Be involved in the Office activities related to information collection and compilation of basic background for the preparation of technical papers and speeches.


f)Be involved in selected field work and program/project activities related to their priority areas of studies and internship.


g)Assist in organizing meetings, seminars and official missions.




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 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 on-going 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.




To qualify for the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:


Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);


(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);


(c) Have graduated with a university degree, as defined above, and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


Applicants for all countries are accepted and under-represented or un-represented countries in the UN are encouraged to apply.


Work Experience


No professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of French or Russian Language is an asset.




Please note that due to the large number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further consideration.


United Nations Considerations


According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.


The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.


No Fee


Job posted on 12 April 2017.

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