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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 with the Asia-Pacific Section (APS). Located in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch (APMENAB) of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), which is responsible for coordinating the assessment and implementation of the Office's engagement; maintaining effective partnerships with Governments, regional organizations, national stakeholders (e.g. national human rights institutions, non-government organizations, et cetera, as well as United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs)); briefing and advising the High Commissioner, the Secretary-General, United Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures Mandate Holders on country situations; and providing follow-up to recommendations by the international human rights system, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In collaboration with other OHCHR entities, the Asia-Pacific Section is responsible for OHCHR's work at the country-level in the respective region of responsibility.
Based in Geneva Switzerland, under the overall 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, 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.
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 Asia-Pacific Human Rights interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to assisting the Section in the systematic collection and analysis of information regarding the human rights situation in the Asia and Pacific region and in particular, the intern may: Assist in the preparation of reports, documents and other written materials thereon; Support Asia-Pacific Section Desk Officers (DO) in researching and drafting of individual cases of alleged human rights violations; Assist Section Desk Officers in responding to requests for information relating to the human rights situation in the region and/ or countries concerned; Assist Desk Officers in preparing and updating Country profiles, briefing packages, daily and monthly updates/reports; Help the Section in the preparation of relevant documents on thematic and country specific human rights issues; Assist Desk Officers in taking minutes of meetings, attending side-events, Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions, Treaty-bodies review and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) review; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.
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