A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.The Cover Note must include:
•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied)
•Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
•List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
•List of your top three areas of interest
•Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship
•Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship ProgrammeIn your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Please note that due to the large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
OHCHR internship is full-time and is for a period of 6 months, January - June and July - December. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Assist in monitoring developments (human rights, politics and conflict) in the South-East Asian region.
(2) Assist in preparing and distributing a daily news review with information on the human rights situation in the region. This daily review is shared with the OHCHR headquarters in Geneva.
(3) Assist in the documentation and preparation of submissions of cases of human rights violations in the region to OHCHR’s human rights mechanisms, including Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies.
(4) Assist in updating and maintaining information on Regional Office’s website.
(5) Assist in organizing workshops and seminars.
(6) Assist in maintaining and developing the office’s information and resource tools.
(7) Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Regional Office.
(8) Attend and take notes in meetings/conferences as requested by the Regional Representative.
(9) Perform other tasks as necessary.
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
•Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
•Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
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. Those enrolled in the International Law, Political Science, Social Science, Economics, History, and related fields are preferred.
-are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
-shall 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 willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
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 a South-East Asian language is an asset.
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.