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 assignments with the Emergency Response Section (ERS). Located within the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), which coordinates the development and implementation of OHCHR's country engagement strategies, the Emergency Response Section coordinates rapid response activities and provides specialized technical and operational support to field presences, geographic sections and OHCHR leadership in the areas of peace missions, early warning and preparedness, fact-finding, investigation, establishment and running of field presences and humanitarian action. The Section is comprised of the Risk Analysis and Prevention (RAPU), the Humanitarian Action Unit (HAU), the Information Management and Data Analytics Unit (IMDAU), and the Mission Planning and Start-up Unit (MPSU).
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall guidance of the Chief of Section and general supervision of one of the aforementioned Heads of Unit, the intern reports to a respective Coordinator or Human Rights Officer in the area of assignment. The 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 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.
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 Risk Analysis and Prevention interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to collecting, centralizing and analyzing information on key developments related to emerging situations for channelling to the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC), and in coordination with the Coordinator or the Human Rights Officer, the intern may: Draft United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre daily contribution for clearance before the deadline; Summarize submissions from human rights field presences according to priority information requirements; Conduct daily media and open source monitoring, checking various internal and external United Nations media sources, international and local media, OHCHR Press Briefing Notes, et cetera; Send e-format version of OHCHR Contribution to the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre and to the relevant stake holders; Provide input and maintain information in the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre-OHCHR contribution tracking matrix; Record daily inputs received from the country through field missions and desk officers, including what was featured by the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre; Provide daily feedback to desk officers and field presences on their United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre contributions; Produce a daily Media Afternoon Monitoring (MAM) report to the Section; Highlight potential emerging issues or situations to submit to United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre, and track up-coming OHCHR/High Commissioner Press Briefing notes and New Releases to highlight to the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre; Liaise with relevant in-house and external partners as necessary or as requested by the Unit; Draft a weekly overview of the inputs provided to the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre; and Perform other tasks as requested by the Unit Head or respective supervisor, as appropriate.
Daily responsibilities of Humanitarian Action interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to supporting with preparation for, assisting and attending, as relevant, inter-agency meetings, and in particular, the intern may: Conduct any necessary follow-up, including drafting briefing notes/talking points, drafting meeting minutes/notes to the file and briefing unit members on recommendations and action points; Conduct research as requested and provide inputs to OHCHR and inter-agency tools/ reports/processes; Update and maintain the Human Rights and Humanitarian Action start-up kit and portal; Liaise with relevant in-house and external partners as necessary, and generally assists the unit in preparing for in-house and inter-agency processes; Assist the section with United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre reporting, on a part-time basis; and Perform other tasks as requested by the Unit Head or respective supervisor, as appropriate.
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