Intern - Human Rights (Development and Economic, Social Issues), Geneva

  • OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jun 08, 2020
Intern OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 internship located within the Development and Economic, Social Issues Branch (DESIB). Based in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures, Right to Development Division, the Development and Economic, Social Issues Branch facilitates OHCHR thematic work on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) including business and human rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, climate change and environment related issues and migration. Moreover, the Branch facilitates OHCHR thematic work on, inter alia, economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), business and human rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, climate change and environment, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Right to Development, and migration. DESIB is comprised of five Sections/Team namely the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section (HRESIS), which facilitates OHCHR thematic work on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) as well as on business and human rights, on the rights of persons with disabilities, on the rights of the child, and migration; the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), which develops policy, methodological tools, manuals, guidelines, training materials and other resources in key areas of human rights work; the Right to Development Section (RDS), which is responsible for the implementation of the mandate of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner on the realization of the right to development as well as work on environment, climate change, corruption and other related issues; the Sustainable Development Goals Section (SDGS), which leads OHCHR efforts on human rights mainstreaming in development through inter-agency and inter-governmental processes and, in particular, in the context of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the Management and Coordination Team (MCT).

The Development and Economic, Social Issues Branch is comprised of five Sections/Team namely the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section (HRESIS), which facilitates OHCHR thematic work on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) as well as on business and human rights, on the rights of persons with disabilities, on climate change and environment related issues, including migration; the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), which develops policy, methodological tools, manuals, guidelines, training materials and other resources in key areas of human rights work; the Right to Development Section (RDS), which is responsible for the implementation of the mandate of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner on the realization of the right to development; the Sustainable Development Goals Section (SDS), which leads OHCHR efforts on human rights mainstreaming in development through inter-agency and inter-governmental processes and, in particular, in the context of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Business and Human Rights Team; and the Civic Space Unit.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall direction Chief if Branch, and the guidance of the Chief of Section, the intern reports to the 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, 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 INTERNSHP 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.

Responsibilities

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 (Development and Economic, Social Issues) interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to researching and analysing economic, social and cultural rights and, in particular, the intern may: Assist with the provision of substantive input, as necessary, for other branches of OHCHR; Draft reports, background materials and other relevant documents for the Secretary-General, High Commissioner and the Secretariat as well as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council, and its subsidiary bodies, as necessary; Prepare for and service missions, meetings, seminars and workshops (e. g. preparation of documentation, drafting of notes and reports); Assist with collaborative work and activities organized with other United Nations Departments, agencies and bodies; and Perform other related duties requested by the supervisor, as appropriate.

 

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