Intern - Human Rights (Treaty-body Capacity-building), Geneva

  • OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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 based with the Treaty-body Capacity-building Programme (TBCBP) located in the Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD). Created in 2015, through the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/268 that aims to “support States parties in building their capacity to implement their treaty obligations”, the Treaty-body Capacity-building Programme, consists of a team of human rights professionals/specialists and/or experts operating across headquarters- and the field-level locations with OHCHR Country- and Regional-Offices who apply inter-active training and knowledge management techniques.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general guidance of the Treaty-body Capacity-building Programme team Coordinator, the intern reports to the Human Rights Officer/focal point for the Universal Human Rights Index (UHRI) and National Recommendation Tracking Database (NRTD). 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 Treaty-body Capacity-building interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to Assisting with the coordination of activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective and coordination activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights projects, and in particular, the intern may: Contribute to the daily updating of “indexing” of information in the Universal Human Rights Index - Click on link here; Assist in the development and implementation of training programs in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law; Support the automation of the Universal Human Rights Index using artificial intelligence and to advance the tagging of recommendations with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Targets; Research information and develop training exercises for use in capacity building activities on reporting by States to the Treaty Bodies; Support regional Treaty-body Capacity-building focal points in the preparation of national and regional training events; Support countries that are piloting/rolling-out the National Tracking Recommendations Database to strengthen States’ information management capacity on the implementation of human rights recommendations; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


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