Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, CASS, IIIM (Syria) - 2 Positions, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 June 2019 - 31 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-OHCHR-118894-J-Geneva (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The positions of Legal Intern and Research and Analysis Intern are located in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS) of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011. More commonly referred to as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (Syria) or IIIM, is a body of the United Nations, located in Geneva, Switzerland, established to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses committed since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic. The legal intern works under the supervision of a legal officer and the research and analysis intern works under the supervision of an analyst in CASS.

A IIIM internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects.
The duration of a IIIM internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the IIIM, with a preference for internships of duration closer to six months. Selections will be made on a rolling basis.


Legal Intern: The duties of legal interns in CASS include, but are not limited to assisting in the provision of advice relating to the preparation of case files and on sharing material in accordance with the IIIM’s mandate; assisting in the review of the IIIM’s evidence collection; conducting research on domestic and international criminal law as well as research on factual and policy issues pertaining to the work of the IIIM; drafting meeting minutes; and cite checking, compiling and collating materials.

Research & Analysis Intern (R&A): The R&A intern is assigned to perform research and analysis, examine events, personalities, organisations, and crimes under review by the IIIM. An intern participates in the research and collation of information, determining its value and integrating it into the evidential development of the broader issues being pursued.


• PROFESSIONALISM - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• 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; tailor’s 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 organisational 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.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


It is particularly useful for interns to have legal training or experience in international criminal or humanitarian law.

Applicants must have a university degree or be in the final stages of their undergraduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. political science, Middle Eastern studies, conflict studies or other analysis based program).
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must 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); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected,
must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
- Be computer literate in standard software applications;
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and·
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of
differing opinions and views.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, however previous legal experience is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Arabic and French, is an asset.


Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted

Special Notice

A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Please note that documents may only be in English or French, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

1. Two (2) letters of recommendation.
2. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received).
3. A sample of the applicant's written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the IIIM and no longer than ten pages.

Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the Head of the IIIM. Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties.

In accordance with the applicable regulations for internships within the UN system, candidates are requested to present a nomination by an authority (university, government institution, sponsoring organisation or private enterprise). This ensures that the organisation can verify that the candidate is known to the institution and is, generally speaking, "at good standing".

On completion of their internship, interns are required to complete a substantive report on their assignments. This will be included in their file and will be forwarded, upon request, to the sponsoring institution, government body or private organisation.

There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations or the IIIM upon completion of the internship.

IIIM interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.

Candidates of certain nationalities must obtain a visa authorizing their stay in Switzerland before they depart for Geneva to begin their internship. While this is the overall responsibility of the selected candidate, the IIIM will provide information and supporting documents in this regard.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.

For purposes of this instruction, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). "Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child of the spouse of a parent of a staff member (that is, also half- and step-sibling)

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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