Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - RULE OF LAW, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - RULE OF LAW
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 30 November 2017 - 30 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Rule of Law-UNOCT-89680-J-New York (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) was established by the General Assembly by resolution 71/291 in 2017, which highlighted the importance of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism, and in this regard stressing the importance of an integrated and balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy across its four pillars, including its fourth pillar on human rights and the rule of law. The General Assembly has established the Office in accordance with the competencies and functions set out in the report of the Secretary-General on the capability of the United Nations system to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/71/858).

Notwithstanding the progress made by Member States and their recent military advances, terrorist groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Boko Haram continue to pose a threat to international peace and security. Terrorism has a devastating impact on human rights, sustainable development, and humanitarian actions at the global, regional and national levels. At the same time, there is an increasing recognition about the significance to ensure the compliance of counter-terrorism measures with international human rights standards.

The Office of Counter-Terrorism and its Under-Secretary-General provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates and support Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The internship is located in the Capacity Building Unit of the Office of Counter-Terrorism.


Under the overall guidance of the Under-Secretary-General of OCT, its Director and Chief of Unit, the Intern will report to a Human Rights Officer of the OCT Capacity Building Unit. The intern will be responsible for the following duties:

•Undertake research and prepare summary notes on relevant areas of international human rights law, including soft law, and international good practices.

•Drafts meeting notes, background papers and other documents, undertaking research in thematic areas if necessary.

•Supports the planning, organization and participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora.

•Performs other related duties as required.



Ability to complete in-depth research and analysis of relevant areas of international human rights law and human rights issues in the counter-terrorism context; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

Planning and Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


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.

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 ongoing 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: Advanced university degree in international law, political science, international relations or other relevant field.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages would be desirable.


Panel interview

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.

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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.

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