Intern - Human Rights (National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms), Geneva

  • OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jan 14, 2020
Intern OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section (NIRMS). National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) perform core protection issues, such as the prevention of torture and degrading treatment, summary executions, arbitrary detention and disappearances, or the protection of human rights defenders and have an equally important role in advancing all aspects of the rule of law, including with regard to the judiciary, law enforcement agencies and the correctional system. In addition, National Human Rights Institutions contribute to effective Parliaments (ideally with a Human Rights body), strong and dynamic civil society organizations, alert and responsive media, school systems with human rights education programmes at all levels and, generally, a society encouraging the objective of a universal culture of human rights.

Located within the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD), the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section works closely with and supports the establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms with an aim of supporting them in the implementation of their broad mandates to promote and protect human rights.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall guidance of the Chief of Section, the intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the work unit. 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 during the first quarter of the coming year, ranging/starting from February 2020 to February 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.



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 National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section intern will depend on the individual's background and, as set out in the High Commissioner's priority work aims and objectives, duties may include but are not limited to assisting in facilitating the mainstreaming of the work on National Human Rights Institutions, and in particular, the intern may: Support functions related to the Global Alliance of National Human Rights (GANHRI) and its Sub-Committee on Accreditation web-page; Assist in research regarding National Human Rights Institutions functions and practices; Support the organization and implementation of seminars, workshops and/or training activities on National Human Rights Institutions at the national, regional or global levels, as directed; Assist in the preparation of training and information materials concerning National Human Rights Institutions.

In addition to the specific responsibilities outlined above, the intern assists in supporting a variety of initiatives aimed at further strengthening the relationship between OHCHR, National Human Rights Institutions and Regional Mechanisms; Provide assistance throughout the sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and its mechanisms and mandates (i.e. Universal Periodic Review); Assist in implementing the Section's work plan throughout the internship; and Perform other tasks as directed by the Chief of Section or supervisor, as appropriate


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