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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 international internships with the the OHCHR South-East Asia Regional office (SEARO). Established in 2002, the Office helps to strengthen OHCHR’s presence and partnerships in the region. In particular, the Regional Office acts as an expert resource and plays a catalytic and convening role, helping to bring human rights standards and mechanisms into discussions on political, social, economic and developmental issues amongst governmental and non-governmental actors. A combination of advocacy on human rights issues of concern and technical support and capacity building with key partners has formed the basis of the Regional Office’s work, including with national government authorities, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), national human rights institutions, civil society and UN agencies and programmes, which also aims to integrate gender into all areas of its work. OHCHR SEARO covers Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and it also supports OHCHR’s work elsewhere in the region.
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, under the general guidance of the Regional Representative, the intern reports to the respective Human Rights Officer within the area of assignment. This internship assignment may 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 a commencement date ranging/starting from June 2020 to June 2021. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE RESULTING GLOBAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, THE INTERNSHIP WILL ONLY START ONCE THESE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED. THEREFORE, INTERESTED CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO INDICATE THEIR LATEST DATE OF AVAILABILITY TO START THEIR INTERNSHIP.
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 UNITED NATIONS IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE AND WELCOMES APPLICANTS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AND COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MIGRANTS AND/OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
APPLICANTS SHOULD INDICATE THEIR PRESENT MATRICULATION STATUS AND PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY IN THE APPLICATION COVER LETTER.
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 assisting the Office monitor regional developments (i.e. human rights, politics and conflict) in the South East Asian region and in particular, the intern may: Assist with the preparation and distribution of daily news review with information on the human rights situation in the region for dissemination at OHCHR headquarters in Geneva; Assist with the documentation and preparation of submissions of cases of human rights violations in the region to OHCHR's human rights mechanisms, including Special Procedures and Treaty-bodies; Assist in updating and maintaining information on Regional Office's website (https://bangkok.ohchr.org/); Assist with the organization of workshops and seminars; Assist in maintaining and helping develop the office's information and resource tools; Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Regional Office; Attend and take notes in meetings/conferences as requested by the Regional Representative; and Perform other duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.
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