Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Posting Period: 22 May 2023 - 04 August 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-207842-J-Tegucigalpa (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras offers a human rights internship program which aims at providing students with the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to OHCHR's activities related to the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.

This announcement broadcasts international internship assignments with the OHCHR Country Office in Honduras (OHCHR-Honduras). OHCHR-Honduras was established in 2015, following the signature of an agreement with the Government of Honduras, with the following mandate: (a) observe and report on the human rights situation in the country in order to advise Honduran authorities in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and measures that contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights; (b) provide technical support and assistance in the area of human rights to State institutions to advance the respect and guarantee of human rights; (c) provide advice and support to civil society and victims of human rights violations to strengthen their human rights capacities, including the use of national and international protection mechanisms; and (d) promote compliance by the State with the recommendations and decisions of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms, or those of other international organizations, providing guidance for the adoption of specific compliance measures. OHCHR-Honduras has four thematic units: (a) Accountability and Rule of Law; (b) Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights Unit; (c) Civic Space and Participation; and (d) Non-Discrimination. In addition, the Office has a crosscutting line of interventions on early warning/early action and prevention and mitigation of social conflict.

Based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the assigned work unit(s), under the overall guidance of the Deputy Head of Office. This assignment shall be offered for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, with an initial commencement date ranging/starting from May 2023 to August 2023.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. 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. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship at the duty station and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the commencement of the internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.


Interns will have the opportunity to broaden their human rights experience and knowledge and be directly exposed to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and human rights related work in other UN agencies. Human rights interns get excellent exposure to the work of the entire office and will be able to participate to internal discussions about the Offices' issues and strategies. They participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research human rights issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases and provide support to other OHCHR activities including meetings and training events.
The selected candidate will be able to work in coordination with various human rights officers covering various fields and areas of expertise (gender and women's rights, socio-economic rights, rule of law, etc.)

The daily responsibilities of intern will depend on the area of assignment and the individual's background. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide support for the implementation of OHCHR-Honduras programs and initiatives, including assisting in the planning and execution of activities, workshops, and events;
- Conduct research and analysis on human rights issues, including monitoring and reporting on developments related to civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights;
- Assist in the preparation of minutes, notes, reports, briefings, and other written materials;
- Assist in the coordination and communication with key stakeholders, including civil society organizations, government officials, and others;
- Provide support in organizing and conducting field visits and meetings with human rights actors and communities to gather information and assess human rights situations;
- Contribute to the implementation of strategies to promote and protect human rights in Honduras;
- Provide administrative and logistical support, as needed, for the smooth functioning of the Office;
- Provide other relevant support to the Office.


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. 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.


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

1. Applicants must:
(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)

2. Applicants must:
(a) be computer literate in standard software applications.
(b) have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
(c) have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in Spanish (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of English is also required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. (OHCHR Honduras) hiring managers will directly contract 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 he work of the Honduras Office;
- Indicate the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway or more or actual graduation date for 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 submission.

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

FAMILY RELATIONS: Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. For the purpose of participation in the internship programme: “child” means: (a) the child of a staff member; (b) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); or (c) the son- or daughter-in law of a staff member. “Sibling” includes a half-sibling or step-sibling.

CONDITIONS AND TERMS: Download the Secretariat UN Internship programme administrative policy in either of the Organization’s official working languages (i.e. English and French) at http.//

APPLICATION PROCESS: You may view the full list of United Nations Secretariat employment opportunities at: https// Qualified individuals who have created an Inspira account may apply directly 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 one hour lunch break.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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