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?)
-Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
*MAKE SURE TO INDICATE AVAILABILITY BETWEEN OCTOBER 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 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
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for 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 Human Rights Treaties Branch.
Under the direct supervision of the Secretary of the respective Committee or the Secretary of the Humanitarian Trust Funds or the Coordinator of the Capacity Building programme or a Petitions Supervisor, and the general supervision of the respective Chief of Section, the incumbent will assist in any of the following areas work during their internship:
-Servicing the meetings of any of the following human rights treaty bodies and their working groups: Human Rights Committee (HR Committee); Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR); Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD); Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Committee against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT); Sub-committee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT), Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC); Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW); Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED); the Annual Meetings of the treaty body Chairs; providing support to the Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (UNVFCFS)and the OPCAT Special Fund;
-Preparing country and legal analysis and drafts legal background papers for human rights treaty bodies, related both to State reporting procedures and treaty body complaints procedures;
-Carrying out research into and drafting reports on the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies concerned;
-Assisting with the handling of individual communications received under the different treaty body complaints procedures
-Assisting in the preparation of the SPT country visits;
-Taking notes during the sessions/pre-sessions as well as carrying out administrative duties such as the preparation of documentation and reference files in advance and during the session;
-Providing input to outreach and information tasks, including the Branch newsletter;
-Supporting the work of the Universal Human Rights Index;
-Researching information and developing training exercises for use in capacity building activities on reporting by States to the Treaty Bodies
-Preparing the Weekly Update of the Treaty Bodies Branch;
-Assisting with the preparing of reports and background papers for the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the annual meeting of Chairs;
-Conducting research on treaty body strengthening / reform; And/or:
-Project management, through the pre-screening, monitoring and evaluation of project proposals awarded or to be awarded by the Humanitarian Funds with the aim of providing direct assistance to victims of torture and/or slavery and their family members;
-Servicing the sessions of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Funds, including by carrying out research, collecting and analysing information pertaining to human rights issues, in particular in relation to redress and rehabilitation of victims of torture and forms of slavery;
-Increasing the outreach of the Humanitarian Funds, including through updating webpages and other promotional material on the work and impact of the Funds;
-Performing other duties as required.
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.
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.
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. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional 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.
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