Internship: Human Rights and Justice Sub-Practice

Location : Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Application Deadline :24-Feb-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :approximately 40 hours per week

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS serves 25 countries and territories in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including those in Central Asia. UNDP work on human rights focuses on strengthening national human rights systems. This includes, among others, support to integration of human rights recommendations into national systems, and provision of support to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Ombudsman institutions by developing their capacities to better fulfill their mandate of protecting and promoting human rights at the national level. Furthermore, UNDP supports countries and governments to develop strategies for making legal and justice services more available and accessible to disadvantaged groups, and, over the past decade, it has initiated a number of justice sector projects in various countries in the region, supporting reform processes and finding ways in which the judiciary would be more effective, transparent and responsive in delivering services to people, with a special focus on challenges posed by exclusion, vulnerability and marginalization. Part of UNDP work on human rights and justice is related to organization of number of regional and sub-regional initiatives to promote Country Offices’ demands, and to address some of the critical human rights and justice issues.

In this regard, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS has developed a number of initiatives to better serve countries in the region in their quest for human rights and inclusive social justice, namely: PHASE - Innovating for Rule of Law, Justice and Human Rights; Universal Periodic Review Follow-up Facility (UPRF); Legal Aid for Justice (LAJ); NHRIs Plus; and Special Ability.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Human Rights and Justice Adviser/Acting Democratic Governance Practice Team Leader, the following is expected from the intern:
  • Writing, editing, communication and advocacy for human rights and justice (HR&J);
  • Research/gather relevant knowledge products, resource materials from the region (and beyond) and share them with the HR&J Team/broader audience;
  • Write articles, blogs for the newsletter (e-documentation), website, and web based platforms/knowledge networks on human rights and justice;
  • Assist the staff of the HR&J sub-practice in developing advocacy and communication materials for the regional programme on human rights and justice;
  • Assist the staff/team members of the HR&J sub-practice in the preparation of materials and presentations for online tools: workspaces, teamwork etc.;
  • Be involved in the preparations (both substantive and logistics) for the thematic events;
  • Any other relevant tasks deem necessary and appropriate (assigned by the supervisor).


Functional Competencies:
  • Writing/editing skills in  English;
  • Good relationship management, communication and analytic skills;
  • Strong coordination, reporting and writing abilities;
  • A well organized individual with the ability to multi-task;
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Student of Master’s or PhD studies in Law, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Global/Regional Studies or other relevant field.
  • Understanding of specifics of the international organizations, particularly  UN/UNDP and its tasks and mandate, sharing UNDP’s goals;
  • Ability to conduct advanced internet research and work with multiple documentation sources to extract required data and information (literature review);
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft’s Power Point, Excel and Word;
  • Familiarity with the social innovation concept;
  • Experience with web administration, social innovation tools and promoting content using social media is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written);
  • Knowledge of Russian is an asset.
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.


Internships within the UN system are unpaid and subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with prior to signing his/her internship agreement.
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Women are encouraged to apply. UN is a non-smoking organization. Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Please create one document which will contain both your CV and a brief cover letter. Upload this document into the appropriate section of the on-line application system.


Candidates who are selected for must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;

Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;

Complete and sign the “Application Form” which is available at

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.

Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out.

Have medical and life insurance.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies.

Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

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