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Deadline
Category Host entity Country
Assistant Human Rights Officer 23 May 2021 Int. University OHCHR Switzerland
OHCHR
Switzerland
Geneva (CHE)
English
15 June 2021
until 15 December 2021
23 May 2021

Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible. Applicants must be students of any academic program (BA/BSc, Masters, PhD) and keep this status during the whole duration of their assignment, or be recent graduates.

Under the direct supervision of Unit Coordinator, the International UN University Volunteers will:

  • research a broad range of issues relating to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and violence and discrimination against women, including constitutional provisions, legislation, administrative regulations, policies, and practices, and prepare analytical briefs and assessment reports for the Special Rapporteurs’ review and decisions on follow-up actions;
  • assist in drafting a wide range of documents, notably correspondence with Governments, in follow-up to information submitted to the Special Rapporteurs from individuals, groups, and other stakeholders, on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and violence and discrimination against women, as well as briefing notes and talking points to assist the Special Rapporteurs to participate in key events and media releases;
  • assist in preparing country visits of the Special Rapporteurs, most notably, timely preparation of comprehensive country-assessments, designing the programme of the visit with all parties involved, and assist in handling logistics;
  • assist in the organization of consultations and other expert meetings to inform the Special Rapporteur’s thematic research;
  • ensure that routine correspondence is tracked and responded to as well as maintenance of the Special Rapporteur’s outreach tools, most notably its webpage;
  • other tasks as required by her/his supervisors in order to ensure comprehensive and effective support of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and participate in activities carried out by the Branch and Office as a whole.

The UN Volunteer will also undertake, if circumstances permit it, shorter assignments with other units of the Office (to be further determined) in order to gain a deeper knowledge of international human rights mechanisms.

As part of the pilot programme “Ditch UNfair internship” the volunteers will be asked to contribute to the advocacy component of the project by providing feedback on how to improve OHCHR internship system, share stories and experience.

Bachelor degree or equivalent

To qualify for this assignment, applicants must, at the time of application, 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) in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field, OR have graduated with a university as defined above AND, if selected, must commence take the assignment within one-year period from the date of graduation.

6 Months
  • 6 months of experience in legal or human rights matters is required, up to 2 years of experience in these areas is desirable.
  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for this assignment though any relevant academic and/or practical experience, in particular in the area of legal or human rights affairs, would be an advantage.

  • Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; 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.

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

This UNV assignment is offered in the context of a diversity programme bringing qualified candidates from the developing economies to work in OHCHR Geneva. Candidates from developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Human rights
No

Client Orientation, Communication, Professionalism, Working in Teams

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.
Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 23-05-2021

Assistant Human Rights Officer (RTDS) 23 May 2021 Int. University OHCHR Switzerland
OHCHR
Switzerland
Geneva (CHE)
English
01 June 2021
until 30 November 2021
23 May 2021

Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible. Applicants must be students of any academic program (BA/BSc, Masters, PhD) and keep this status during the whole duration of their assignment, or be recent graduates.

Under the direct supervision of Chief of Section, the International UN University Volunteer will:

  • Contribute to thematic reports or studies, including research of related literature, international law and jurisprudence and in particular, the UN Volunteer may;
  • Assist in the preparation of official country visits, in particular through the drafting of country-specific human rights assessments;
  • Collect information and conduct research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements and other documents;
  • Take notes of meetings with different stakeholders, in particular civil society representatives; Attend sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and assisting with the preparation of related activities and events;
  • Assist in the organization of sessions of the Inter-governmental Working Group on the Right to Development, the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development and other mechanisms;
  • Assist in the organization of meetings and seminars; and
  • Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.

As part of the pilot programme “Ditch UNfair internship” the volunteer will be asked to contribute to the advocacy component of the project by providing feedback on how to improve OHCHR internship system, share stories and experience.

Bachelor degree or equivalent

To qualify for this assignment, applicants must, at the time of application, 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) in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field, OR have graduated with a university as defined above AND, if selected, must commence take the assignment within one-year period from the date of graduation.

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for this assignment though any relevant academic and/or practical experience, in particular in the area of legal or human rights affairs, sustainable development and/or development cooperation would be an advantage.

Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; 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.

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

This UNV assignment is offered in the context of a diversity programme bringing qualified candidates from the developing economies to work in OHCHR Geneva. Candidates from developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Human rights
No

Client Orientation, Communication, Professionalism, Working in Teams

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.
Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 23-05-2021

Assistant Human Rights Officer 21 May 2021 Nat. Specialist OHCHR South Africa
OHCHR
South Africa
Pretoria (ZAF)
English
Immediate
12 months
21 May 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Officer in charge of the Emergency Response Team in the OHCHR Regional Office for Southern Africa, the NUNV will undertake the following tasks:

  • Conducts research and analysis pertaining to human rights matters, including their gender dimensions from a variety of data sources (e.g. communications, publications, the press) and through remote monitoring to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to-date information;
  • Helps set up and maintain an information streams on select countries drawing information from multiple sources (UN, open source, NGOs, official data, regional indexes, etc.) to enable regular and up to date human rights and protection analysis that can feed UN decision-making at various levels and contexts;
  • Assists in the analysis of information, to include the impact on the countries and thematic mandates on the human rights situation in assigned area, and supports the development of early warning analysis and the identification of preventative measures to address human rights protection needs;
  • As part of the ERT, contributes to the establishment of prevention platforms to assist selected UN Country Teams in the region to conduct risk assessments and early warning analysis, thereby improving the response to human rights and humanitarian crises;
  • Participates in meetings and consultations (physically and virtually); prepares summaries of outcomes;
  • Works on civic space and participation in relation to early warning, prevention and early action measures in relation to civil society actors and human rights defenders;
  • Helps identify the legal and operational challenges facing CSOs and HRDs in the sub-region and to strengthen the capacity of these actors to address them;
  • Contributes to the formulation of meaningful recommendations and strategies to create an enabling environment for civic space (online and offline) in the Southern Africa region;
  • Drafts a variety of reports and correspondence relating to human rights matters;
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Master degree or equivalent

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, conflict and development studies, peace and security, human rights or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

36 Months

Demonstrated interest and/or experience (minimum 3 years) in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms is desirable. Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting and/or in building capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights is desirable. Internships and voluntary work may be considered at 50% if deemed relevant. Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Human rights

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

No

Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections

of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink.

Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at

https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to

apply.

Application deadline: 21 May 2021