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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 226501
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 : Feb 5, 2024
Deadline : Feb 15, 2024

Work Location
Geneva, Switzerland
Expected duration
This internship is for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 months and is designed to be in-person and full-time. The duration and modality can be adjusted at the request of the successful candidate.
Duties and Responsibilities
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall direction of the Chief of Branch and the guidance of the respective Chief of the Protection, Religion, Accountability and Human Security Section (PRAHSS), which deals with enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, human rights and counter-terrorism, summary executions, religion, privacy and unilateral coercive measures. The intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the assigned work unit.

The 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 the PRAHSS intern will depend on activities carried out within the assigned work unit and the individual’s background. Duties may include but are not limited to contributing to thematic reports or studies, including research of related literature, international law and jurisprudence and, in particular, the intern may: assist in the preparation of official country visits, in particular through the drafting of country specific human rights assessments; analyse human rights issues contained in cases and complaints addressed to the mandate holders; draft letters on particular cases and complaints taken up by mandate holders, including summarizing the human rights violations alleged in the case and preparing a short legal analysis of these violations; collect information and conduct research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements and other documents; take notes of meetings with different stakeholders, in particular civil society representatives; attend sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and assisting with the preparation of related activities and events; assist in the organization of meetings and seminars; and perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.

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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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English or French is required and knowledge of another United Nations official language would be an advantage (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).

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