Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Secretariat Department 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.
This announcement broadcasts international internship assignments located with the OHCHR
New York Office. OHCHR-New York represents the High Commissioner for Human Rights
at the United Nations headquarters (UNHQ) and ensures the effective integration of the
norms, standards, methodologies, policies and mechanisms of the United Nations human
rights system in the work of the New York-based inter-governmental organs, interdepartmental
bodies, policy development processes, operational oversight activities and
public information initiatives. The OHCHR New York Office comprises the Equality,
Discrimination and Rule of Law Section (EDRS); the Inter-governmental Affairs, Communication and Outreach Support Section (ICOS); Prevention and Sustaining Peace Section (PSPS), the Peace Mission Support Section (PMSS) and the Front Office.
Based in New York, United States of America, under the overall leadership of the High
Commissioner, the intern reports to the respective Chief of Section or Human Rights Officer
in the area of assignment. This internship will be offered for an initial period of two (2)
months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the
supervisor, with a commencement date ranging/starting from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.
In the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, interns may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. The intern must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.
This internship is an UNPAID and full-time engagement that provides a framework through
which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United
Nations by way of their service within Secretariat entities. Applicants should have a
demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to
the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with
individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs – which includes willingness to
understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
THE UNITED NATIONS IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A DIVERSE AND
INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE AND WELCOMES APPLICANTS FROM DIVERSE
BACKGROUNDS AND COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
MIGRANTS AND/OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
APPLICANTS SHOULD INDICATE THEIR PRESENT MATRICULATION STATUS
AND PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY IN THE APPLICATION COVER LETTER. ResponsibilitiesThe intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all
human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those
responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.
Daily responsibilities of interns will depend on the
individual’s background and duties may include but are not limited to the following:
-Researching, identifying and analyzing international human rights trends, development, policies, initiatives and/or legislation at the United Nations, assessing their impact and preparing documents and written summaries as agreed in each case;
-Providing remote support to the organisation of virtual workshops, member state briefings, meetings with non-governmental organisations and other meetings or events as required;
-Supporting the gathering of best practices, statistics and other data related to human rights;
-Supporting human rights officers on specific priority countries, regions and/or thematic areas and as such, take notes at relevant meetings;
– Assisting in drafting and editing various documents, reports, position papers, statements, talking points, presentations and outreach materials;
– Attend relevant virtual meetings as required.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: 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
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.
EducationTo qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the
time of their submission, be enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university
degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree); be enrolled in a
graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or have
completed an aforementioned academic degree, preferably in the area of law, political
science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, AND, if selected, must
commence the internship on the date indicated on the acceptance letter.
Work ExperienceNo 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.
LanguagesEnglish 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 would be an advantage (i.e. French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).
Special NoticeInterns 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. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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 “sexual exploitation” 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 “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” 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 perpetrator’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 “Manuals” 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.
No FeeTHE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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