Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BOGOTA; MEDELLIN; BARRANCABERMEJA; BARRANQUILLA; PASTO; CALI; VILLAVICENCIO; Neiva; QUIBDO;
Posting Period: 02 March 2017 - 28 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-75542-J- (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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?)
-IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
-Top three areas of interest.
-Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills and three references.

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 (35 hours).

This internship is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia.- The selected candidate(s) will be deployed to one of the OHCHR field offices in Bogotá, Medellin, Barrancabermeja, Pasto, Cali, Villavicencio, Neiva, Barranquilla, Quibdó or newly to be opened field offices in Colombia.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Sub Director of Operations, the interns' duties include,but are not limited to:
•Assist in monitoring developments (human rights. socio-economic affairs politics and conflict) in Colombia
•Assist in drafting reports. background notes, talking points, summaries and other documents for the Colombia Office and OHCHR headquarters
•Assist in the documentation and preparation of submissions of cases of human rights violations in Colombia to OHCHR human rights mechanisms. including Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies
•Prepare presentations and materials on human rights law and issues
•Carry out research on international and national law. case l aw and make summaries thereof
•Attend and summarize workshops and meetings
•Assist in organizing and managing conferences, trainings and other events
•Assist in reviewing,preparing and distributing news and notes on human rights issues
•Assist in preparing. drafting and reviewing public information materials
•Assist in implementing the Colombia Office's public information and media activities
•Translate documents
•Perform other tasks as necessary

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;

-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 ideas of the Charter;

-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 professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme.

Languages

Fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

Not applicable

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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