Internship – Middle East and North Africa Section

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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 225840
Job Network : Legal
Job Family : Legal Affairs
Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : GENEVA
Department/Office : Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Date Posted : Jan 23, 2024
Deadline : Feb 21, 2024

Work Location
Geneva, Switzerland
Expected duration
This assignment shall be offered for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor. The initial start date is asap.
Duties and Responsibilities
These positions are in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Section of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD). Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section, the Interns report to the Human Rights Officer.

Duties may include but are not limited to assisting the Section in the systematic collection and analysis of information regarding the human rights situation of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the preparation of reports, documents and other written materials and, in particular, the interns may:

– Assist Desk Officers in researching and drafting of individual cases of alleged human rights violations; support Desk Officers in responding to requests for information relating to the human rights situation in the region and/ or countries concerned;
– Assist Desk Officers in preparing and updating Country profiles, briefing packages, daily and monthly updates/reports;
– Support Desk Officers in the preparation of relevant documents on thematic and country specific human rights issues; assist Desk Officers in taking minutes of meetings, attending side-events, Human Rights Council sessions, Treaty Bodies review and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) review; and
– Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.
Qualifications/special skills
To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, applicants must, at the time of submission, be a graduate or enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or, be a graduate or enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, OR have graduated with a university degree as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date specified in the Acceptance letter.


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.
Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.

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