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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 OHCHR Regional Office for South America (ROSA). Established September 2009, the Regional Office or South America works with governments, parliaments, the judiciary, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, regional and international organizations and the United Nations Secretariat to develop and strengthen their capacities, to improve the promotion and protection of human rights, according to international human rights standards. 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, national human rights institutions, civil society and UN agencies and programmes. Covering seven (7) countries, specifically Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, OHCHR Regional Office for South America coordinates its activities and actions with Headquarters and other field presences. For more information on the work of OHCHR ROSA visit https://acnudh.org/
Based in Asunción, Paraguay, under the overall direction of the Deputy Regional Representative/Head of office, the intern reports to the National Human Rights Adviser in Paraguay. 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 May 2020 to May 2021. 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 the Human Rights intern will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to monitoring human rights, politics, socio-economic affairs and other developments in Paraguay, and in particular, the intern may: assist in drafting reports, background notes, talking points, summaries and other documents; assist in providing information to United Nations human rights mechanisms such as treaty bodies and special procedures; prepare presentations and materials on human rights law and issues; carry-out research on international and national law, case law and make summaries thereof; attend and summarize notes for workshops and meetings; assist in organizing and managing conferences, training events and other events; assist in reviewing, preparing and distributing news and notes on human rights issues; assist in preparing, drafting and reviewing public information materials; assist in implementing public information and media activities, and translation of documents; and performs other related duties requested.
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