Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 February 2017 - 21 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-74667-R-New York (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), New York Office, is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience within an international organization in the area of human rights to supplement their studies. This internship is a practical educational experience and will provide interns the opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization. Under supervision, interns are assigned projects and tasks that are relevant to their educational background and interests and provide them with the opportunity to apply and further develop their theoretical knowledge.


Within delegated authority, the human rights intern may be responsible for the following duties:-Conduct research on human rights and related issues. Analyze information, developments and trends related to human rights - Assist in preparation of reports, background materials and other relevant documents. Assist in the organization of meetings, seminars, and related events - Attend meetings and prepare summaries of the proceedings - Assist in the preparation of outreach material such as talking points, correspondence and presentations.


Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications. Applicants must also demonstrate the following competencies:


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 a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period of graduation. Applicants from all countries are accepted and underrepresented or unrepresented countries in the UN are encouraged to apply for an internship.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, work experience in relevant areas is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an advantage.


Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant's profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the OHCHR, New York Office. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, the OCHCR, New York Office is not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

Special Notice

TO APPLY: Create and complete a personal history profile (PHP) and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system ( Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The cover letter should state the following: (1) PERIOD OF APPLICANT’S AVAILABILITY FOR THE INTERNSHIP BETWEEN 1 MARCH 2017 AND 31 DECEMBER 2017. PLEASE INDICATE THIS CLEARLY AT THE TOP OF COVER LETTER; (2) Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken; (3) Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in or graduation date if recently graduated and will be available to begin the internship within a year from graduation; (4) The applicant’s objectives for undertaking an internship with OHCHR, New York Office, and how the internship fits within the applicant’s education/career plan; (5) The applicant’s main areas of interest (thematic and/or geographic) within the broad framework of human rights issues that OHCHR follows (a list of issues is available at:

Important Note: The duration of the internship is between a minimum of two months to a maximum of six months depending on particular needs. OHCHR, New York Office, is looking to recruit interns for the entire year of 2017. The internship is not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institution. The interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any position in the professional or above categories, within the UN Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. Any employment with the UN at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures. Internship positions are fulltime. For more information on terms and conditions of UN internship, please visit the UN internet site at: For details on OHCHR’s mandate, please visit it internet site at:

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


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