• Added Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is part of the UN Secretariat and is responsible for strengthening International Human Rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.

The OHCHR Library and Human Rights Gateway is the main access point to knowledge and research on human rights and relevant work of the United Nations. Its resources include: Books and multimedia items; Online databases and journals; a database of all voting of the Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Council resolutions and decisions; several Online research guides, such as on Rights of Persons with Disabilities or on International Commissions of Inquiry (CoIs) and Fact-Finding Missions; Human Rights Education and Training Resource Collection and Database; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Resource Collection and UDHR translations.
This announcement broadcasts a vacancy for an internship assignment with the OHCHR Library and Human Rights Gateway. Situated within the Methodology, Education and Training Section of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (METS/TESPRDD), the Library provides quality knowledge services and is a gateway to knowledge in the area of human rights and the work of the United Nations in the area of human rights. The Library supports the work of OHCHR staff across the world, the UN human rights mechanisms and special procedures, civil society, Member States, journalists, researchers, students and the public in general.

The Library catalogue and links to other library resources and services can be consulted at: http://searchlibrary.ohchr.org/.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general guidance and direction of the OHCHR Librarian, the intern reports to the Library Assistant in the area of assignment.

This internship is being offered for an initial period of three (3) months, with possibility of extension up to a total period of six (6) months, with a commencement date ranging/ starting from 1 April 2023 to 1 August 2023.


The intern shall support the OHCHR Library in fulfilling its duties: to provide quality information and knowledge services and to be an effective gateway to information and knowledge in the area of human rights and, more specifically, of the work of the United Nations in the area of human rights.

Daily responsibilities of interns supporting the OHCHR Library will depend on the individual's background and specific duties and may include but are not limited to: assisting in digitization of human rights education and training materials, which includes scanning, editing and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing of materials; Assisting with ongoing enhancement of the Voting database of resolutions and decisions of the Commission on Human Rights and of the Human Rights Council and inclusion of amendments; conducting specialized and targeted research to respond to clientsโ€™ requests; to support the development of new Library Research Guides on areas of priority of the work of OHCHR; and performing other tasks requested by the supervisor as appropriate (i.e. cataloguing, reference, collection development, outreach and dissemination activities, etc.).


PROFESSIONALISM: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.

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 the 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 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.


Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelorโ€™s level or equivalent).

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language - Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish โ€“ is an asset.


Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. The Methodology, Education and Training Section will directly contact short-listed applicants for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter it is important that you:-Specify your general interest in OHCHR, including in the human rights issues, including their political, ethnic,
racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions and, particularly in the work of the Library; -Indicate the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway or more or actual graduation date for recently obtained degree; -Indicate
information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient; -Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and-Provide three references in support of submission. Download the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is available for the hearing impaired, in the official United Nations working languages
at: For English click here on https://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Language.aspx? LangID=eng, for French click here on https://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Language.

Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetratorโ€™s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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