United Nations Internship program In Geneva 2022

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Applications are invited for the United Nations Internship program In Geneva 2022 This internship is an UNPAID and full-time engagement that provides a framework through which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations by way of their service within Secretariat entities. Applicants should 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 a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

  • THE UNITED NATIONS IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A DIVERSE AND
  • INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE AND WELCOMES APPLICANTS FROM DIVERSE
  • BACKGROUNDS AND COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
  • MIGRANTS AND/OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. APPLICANTS SHOULD INDICATE THEIR PRESENT MATRICULATION STATUS AND PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY IN THE APPLICATION COVER LETTER.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat Department is 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 into the 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.
This announcement broadcasts international internship engagements with the Africa Branch (AB) of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD). The Division is responsible for coordinating the assessment and implementation of the Office’s engagement; maintaining effective partnerships with Governments, regional organizations, national stakeholders (e.g. national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, et cetera, as well as United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs)); briefing and advising the High Commissioner, the Secretary-General, United Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures Mandate Holders on country situations; and providing follow-up to recommendations by the international human rights system, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In collaboration with other OHCHR entities, the Africa Branch is responsible for OHCHR’s work on the ground within the respective region of responsibility. Supporting the work of 29 field presences in sub-Saharan Africa, the Branch provides assistance to 6 Special-Procedures mandate holders appointed by the Human Rights Council (CAR, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Mali, Somalia and Sudan) and comprises the Africa Section I (Eastern and Southern Africa) and the Africa Section II (Western and Central Africa).
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall guidance of the respective Chief of Section, the intern reports to a Human Rights Officer within the assigned geographical Section. Internship engagements shall be for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor. Africa Branch human rights internships may be scheduled to commence between April 2022 and December 2022.

Job Details United Nations Internship program In Geneva 2022
Hiring OrganizationUnited Nations
Job Code TitleINTERN – HUMAN RIGHTS
Department/OfficeOffice of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty StationGENEVA
Posting Period26 April 2022 – 25 October 2022
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Duties & 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 Africa Branch human rights interns will depend on the individual’s background and duties may include but are not limited to compiling information on human rights, analysing key issues, collecting information and documents on specific human rights topics and, in particular, the intern may:
  • Assist the respective Chief of Section, Human Rights Officers (HROs/ Desk oOficers (DOs) in the systematic collection and analysis of information regarding the human rights situation in one or several countries of a given region and in the preparation of reports, documents and other written materials thereon such as Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) documents; Support HROs/DOs in researching and drafting documents on normative and institutional developments of human rights in the Africa region as well as on incidents or cases of alleged human rights violations; Assist with responses to requests for information relating to the human rights situation in the region or country concerned; Update country profiles and support the preparation of briefing packages, daily and monthly updates/reports; Assist in the preparation of relevant documents on thematic and country specific human rights issues in the respective regional pillar; Take minutes of meetings, attend side-events and/or sessions of the Human Rights Counci (HRC), Treaty Bodies and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (WG); and Perform other related duties requested by the supervisor, as appropriate.

Required Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM:
  • TEAMWORK:
  • COMMUNICATION:

Eligibility Criteria for United Nations Internship program In Geneva 2022

Education

  • To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the time of their submission, be enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree); be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or have completed an aforementioned academic degree, preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date indicated in the acceptance letter.
  • APPLICANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE PRIOR PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME

Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • Your training, education, advanced course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this internship, fluency in English or French is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Assessment

Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. Africa Branch hiring managers will directly contact short-listed applicants for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter, it is important that you:

  • Specify your general interest in OHCHR, including in the human rights issues, including their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions and, particularly in the work of the Africa Branch;
  • Indicate the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway or more or actual graduation date for the recently obtained degree;
  • Indicate information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient;
  • Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and
  • Provide three references in support of the submission.

Download the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is available for the hearing impaired, in the official United Nations working languages at:

WORKING HOURS:

  • Interns must adhere to the established weekly working hours of the duty station where the assignment is located.
  • Working hours shall not exceed 5 days per week (40 hours), including a one-hour lunch break.

How To Apply for United Nations Internship program In Geneva 2022

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