Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS, I
Job Code Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 November 2016 - 01 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-69046-R-Geneva (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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?)

*MAKE SURE TO INDICATE AVAILABILITY BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2016 TO OCTOBER 2017 (at the top of your cover letter)
*THE INTERNSHIP IS UNPAID AND FULL TIME
*TRAVEL COSTS, TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING VISA AND LIVING ACCOMODATIONS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INTERN OR THEIR SPONSORING INSTITUTION

Org. 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 Special Procedures Branch (SPB)

The intern is assigned to the Branch as a whole or to one of the five sections composing the Special Procedures Branch and works under the guidance and direct supervision of the staff members of that Branch or section, as well as under the general supervision of the chief of section.
The Special Procedures Branch supports and coordinates the work and activities of the thematic mandates of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council (Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts and Working Groups). The Special Procedures are one of the most visible monitoring and reporting mechanism of the United Nations human rights system. Their activities include (but are not limited to): (a) the preparation of thematic reports and other thematic studies; (b) the preparation and realization of official country visits; (c) written action – in the form of letters and press releases – on cases and situations of alleged human rights violations; (d) participation in the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and other types of meetings; (e) the organization of expert consultations and other meetings; (f) other advocacy or public awareness activities. The mandates supported by the Special Procedures Branch cover a large range of human rights issues, including both civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights. For more information on the specific work of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, please see http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/Welcomepage.aspx.

Responsibilities

The Intern will be assigned various different tasks and responsibilities directly contributing to the work of the Branch in supporting the system of special procedures as a whole or of a section and that of the different mandate-holders supported by that section. These tasks will include (but may not be limited to): (a) contributing to thematic reports or studies, including through researching literature, international law and jurisprudence; (b) contributing to the preparation of official country visits, in particular through the drafting of country-specific human rights assessments; (c) analysing human rights issues contained in cases and complaints addressed to the mandate-holders; (d) drafting letters on particular cases and complaints taken up by the Special Rapporteurs, including summarizing the human rights violations alleged in the case and preparing a short legal analysis of these violations; (e) collecting information and carrying out research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements and other documents; (f) attending meetings with different stakeholders, in particular civil society representatives, and taking notes where appropriate; (g) attending sessions of the Human Rights Council and assisting with the preparation of related activities and events; (h) assisting in the organization of meetings and seminars. The Intern will also have opportunities to get acquainted with overall OHCHR policies and the work of other divisions of OHCHR.

At the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained in-depth knowledge on the functioning and substantive work of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, practical experience in applying international human rights law, and a solid insight into the work of OHCHR and that of the Human Rights Council.

Competencies

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.

Education

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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is highly desirable; knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Assessment

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

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.

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