Job Opening ID: 226114
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Human Rights 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 5, 2024
Period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor,
Duties and Responsibilities
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the 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 the international internship with the Business and Human Rights Section (BHRU) within the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch (DESIB) in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division. The Business and Human Rights Section is the focal point for UN Human Rights work on business and human rights (BHR), centered around promoting and implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
For more information on OHCHR’s mandated activities, please visit www.ohchr.org, and for the specifics on the Business and Human Rights Section please visit https://www.ohchr.org/en/business-and-human-rights
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall direction of the Chief of Branch and theguidance of the Chief of Unit, the intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the assigned work section. 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, with an initial commencement date ranging/starting from March 2024.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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 a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Applicants should indicate their present matriculation status and period of availability in the application cover letter.
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.
Assessment English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English or French is required, knowledge of the other an asset. Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is desirable.