Internship - Human Rights (Regional) at the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

This announcement broadcasts international internship assignments based with the OHCHR Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO). Established in 1998, the Regional Office for Southern Africa assists States (i.e. government ministries, Parliaments, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies), United Nations agencies, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations with the goal of achieving the full realization of human rights in the region.

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Organization: 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.


Duty Station: Pretoria, South Africa


Open To: undergraduate; graduated


Timeframe:  initial period of three (3) months and it can be extended for combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor


Deadline: 29 April 2020


Job description: Daily responsibilities of OHCHR SARO Human Rights interns will depend on the individual's background and specific duties may include but are not limited to assisting with the preparation and organization of activities related to specific thematic and country aspects of the human rights situation in the sub-region, including from a gender perspective, and in particular, the intern may: Conduct substantive research and analysis and prepare analytical briefs and updates on specific thematic and/or country aspects of the human rights situation in the sub-region; Collect and analyze human rights data and indicators in the sub-region, including gender-specific data and indicators; Support activities to promote State party, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) engagement with human rights mechanisms and strengthening national mechanisms for reporting and follow up; Support engagement with UN country teams in the sub-region on human rights; Support engagement on early warning and humanitarian action in the sub-region; Provide support to engagement on human rights with relevant national and regional stakeholders in the sub-region, including follow-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making, human rights and other relevant entities; Help promote human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, and help ensure that they are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes; Assist in the development and implementation of training programs in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives, including follow-up on different cases and situations verified by the Regional Office; Serve as note-taker at meetings, drafting a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, et cetera, including to policy-making bodies; and Perform other duties requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


Qualifications: be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree), preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, or have graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period from the date of graduation. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an asset.


Wage/Fees: unpaid and full-time


Application process: go on the website offer, click on the “Apply for this job” button and follow the procedure and fill out the form


Useful links: UNCHR internship


Contact Information: UNCHR


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