Intern - Human Rights, Brussels

  • OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Jan 21, 2020
Intern OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of the United Nations (UN) 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 international internship assignments with the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe (ROE). Established in 2009, the Regional Office for Europe works to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the European Union (EU), within and among its member States. The Regional Office strives to address human rights issues in Europe by promoting the integration of United Nations human rights standards and principles into European Union-wide internal policies, implementation measures as well as national legislation. Moreover, the the Office seeks to promote the integration of human rights standards and the human rights-based approach into European Union external policies and activities. For more information on the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe and its work, go to:
Based in Brussels, Belgium, under the overall direction of the Regional Representative/Head of Regional Office, the intern reports to the Regional Representative or the respective Human Rights Officer in the assigned work unit. The internship assignment shall be for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, and a scheduled commencement date during the first quarter of the coming year, ranging/starting from January 2020 to January 2021.

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 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 Human Rights (Regional) interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to monitoring developments in the Europe region and within the European Union's institutions, both in areas relevant to European Union member-states and with regards to European Union external action (i.e. human rights issues, political developments, legislative initiatives with relevance to human rights) and in particular, the intern may: Follow-up on OHCHR regional initiatives in line with provisions of the treaty body mechanisms, the special procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR); Draft thematic and background materials and assist with the preparation of thematic studies and analyses, on access to health for disadvantaged groups, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and legal capacity, empowerment for Roma, human rights and aging, and children in institutional care for instance; Assist in the organization of workshops and seminars; Assist in overseeing maintenance and further development of the Regional Office's information and resource tools (i.e. tables relating to the treaties bodies, special procedures and Universal Periodic Review recommendations); Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Office; Attend meetings/conferences as requested, and note-taking when relevant; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


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