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Intern - Business and Human Rights
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||16-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
Rapid and continued economic dynamism has translated into growth and reduced poverty levels in several countries in Asia and the Pacific. Greater foreign direct investments and capital movements, accentuated by higher regional mobility, are reasons for further optimism for future regional growth. This progress has however also often come at the expense of the human rights of marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the interest of investments and financial gains.
At the global level a momentum is starting to pick up with more and more governments and companies acting on business and Human Rights. The endorsement in 2011 by the Human Rights Council of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provided a long awaited and needed framework of standards accepted at the international level as the main reference framework. The Guiding Principles consist of three pillars: a) The State duty to protect Human Rights; b) the corporate responsibility to respect Human Rights; c) the need for greater access to remedy for victims of business related abuses. The Human Rights Council recommended all states to adopt a National Action Plan on the implementation of the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework.
Though Asia Pacific lags somewhat behind other regions in following up on the implementation of the Guiding principles, there are encouraging signs of companies and governments increasingly more ready to embrace the new set of standards.
To support the implementation of the Guiding Principles in Asia-Pacific, UNDP Regional Hub has launched the initiative “Supporting Regional and National Partnerships for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Asia Pacific”.
The goal of this regional initiative is to build on Regional Institutions to increase the level of compliance of states and businesses with international human rights standards. It will aim to achieve this by strengthening the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights through four principal outputs. Under the first, regional strategies will be developed and states will adopt National Action Plans on business and human rights; under the second, decision-making on business and human rights will be expanded to include CSOs and marginalized groups; under the third, NHRIs will improve their capacities to oversee the compliance of states with the UN Guiding Principles and deal with cases of transboundary nature. The fourth output will expand access to remedies for victims of human rights violations through a provision of legal aid, strategic litigation and raising legal awareness.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Crisis Prevention and Rule of Law Specialist, Governance and Peacebuilding Team, UNDP BRH. In this context, as a team member, s/he will assist in all the activities part of the Business and Human Rights Project. Details are as follows:
The intern must clearly indicate his/her area(s) of interest in his/her application, as well as his/her period of availability.
The internship is a full-time position at for a minimum period of three (3) months to a maximum of (6) months. The intern must indicate the timeframes of their availability in their application and the final length of the internship will be negotiated and agreed before entering duty.
Duty station is Bangkok. In case travel to countries in Asia-Pacific is required on specific assignments, any such travel costs will be compensated by UNDP BRH, in accordance with the prevailing UNDP rules and regulations.
Required Skills and Experience
There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.
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.