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The Office of the (COMPANY NAME) (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 OHCHR Regional Office for Europe (ROE). Established in 2009, the Regional Office for Europe works to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the European Union (EU), within and among its member States. The Regional Office strives to address human rights issues in Europe by promoting the integration of (COMPANY NAME) human rights standards and principles into European Union-wide internal policies, implementation measures as well as national legislation. Moreover, the the Office seeks to promote the integration of human rights standards and the human rights-based approach into European Union external policies and activities. For more information on the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe and its work, go to: https://exxxxx.xxxxx.xxx/

Based in Brussels, Belgium, under the overall direction of the Regional Representative/Head of Regional Office, the intern reports to the Regional Representative or the respective 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 (COMPANY NAME) by way of their service within Secretariat entities. Applicants should have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) 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.

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 (Regional) interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to monitoring developments in the Europe region and within the European Union's institutions, both in areas relevant to European Union member-states and with regards to European Union external action (i.e. human rights issues, political developments, legislative initiatives with relevance to human rights) and in particular, the intern may: Follow-up on OHCHR regional initiatives in line with provisions of the treaty body mechanisms, the special procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR); Draft thematic and background materials and assist with the preparation of thematic studies and analyses, on access to health for disadvantaged groups, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and legal capacity, empowerment for Roma, human rights and aging, and children in institutional care for instance; Assist in the organization of workshops and seminars; Assist in overseeing maintenance and further development of the Regional Office's information and resource tools (i.e. tables relating to the treaties bodies, special procedures and Universal Periodic Review recommendations); Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Office; Attend meetings/conferences as requested, and note-taking when relevant; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

To qualify for the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the time of their submission, 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

Work Experience

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English or French is required, knowledge of the other is an asset. Knowledge of another official (COMPANY NAME) language is desirable (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

Assessment

Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. OHCHR Regional Office for Europe hiring managers will directly contact short-listed applicants for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter it is important that you:

- Specify your general interest in OHCHR, including in the region, European context and/or the work of the Regional Office;
- Indicate recently obtained academic degree or the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway;
- Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and
- Indicate information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient.

IN ADDITION TO SPECIFYING THREE REFERENCES IN THE SUBMISSION, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO SUMMARIZE THEIR PRIMARY THEMATIC AND/OR GEOGRAPHICAL PILLARS AREA(S) OF INTEREST IN THE APPLICATION COVER LETTER.

Special Notice

FAMILY RELATIONS | A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this advertisement, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (e.g. stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (e.g. son- or daughter-in-law). "Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS | Feel free to download the (COMPANY NAME) Internship programme terms and conditions in either of the Secretariat's official working languages (English and French) at: http://uxxxxx.xxx/xx/xx/xxxx/1

APPLICATION PROCESS | Qualified individuals who have already established an Inspira account | https://ixxxxxx.xx.xxx/ may apply directly to this and other opportunities with the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat at: https://cxxxxxx.xx.xxg

Source: Company website
Posted on: 20 Jan 2020
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: 12 months
Languages: English, French, Arabic
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