Intern - Support to the cross practice human rights policy development


Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :04-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :7 - 8 weeks

Background

6 unpaid internships are available (indicate your date preference in your application):

  • 2 posts for 8 weeks, starting 18 Feb - 12 Apr 2019
  • 2 posts for 7 weeks, starting 17 Jun - 2 Aug 2019
  • 2 posts for 7 weeks, starting 2 Sep - 18 Oct 2019

The UNDPs’ Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) aims to ensure that the Organization’s development efforts incorporate necessary elements of crisis prevention and timely recovery support. This requires a focus on skills and capacities in national institutions and communities – in order that risks of disasters and violent conflict are minimized and a foundation for sustainable development secured.

The overall goal of the UNDP Office in Geneva is to support the active and strategic engagement of BPPS, on behalf of UNDP, with Geneva-based UN and other external humanitarian, human rights and development partners whose work is vital for the successful implementation of UNDP’s crisis prevention and recovery mandate. The UNDP Office in Geneva serves as the interface of BPPS with the Armed Violence Prevention and Humanitarian Disarmament partners in Geneva.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships, the objectives of this internship will be mainly:

  • Support the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships in follow up of formal and informal debates within the framework of the Human Rights Council with the objective to produce targeted and general regular information in reference to human rights and ensure its timely communication to relevant Country Offices, Regional hubs and Bureaus and thematic units within the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster; 
  • Accompany the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships  in internal and external meetings;
  • Provide overall support to follow up on meeting and telephone conferences action points;
  • Prepare drafts of all relevant background documents for meetings (terms of reference, concept notes, briefings, reports,  discussion papers, as relevant);
  • Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Adviser, Conflict Prevention – Partnerships as agreed.


Competencies

  • Self-starter, organized, detail oriented;
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities;
  • A demonstrated ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and produce concise content;
  • Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and plan ahead;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in an international environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Education/Experience:

  • Must be enrolled in an advanced university degree in journalism, political science, sociology, international relations, public administration, development studies, international law at the time of application and during the internship, OR, have recently graduated and must start the internship within the first year of graduation;
  • Familiarity with the UN system, and/or other international organisations, multi-lateral and other academic and international institutions working on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and/or conflict/violence related issues
  • Experience with web based applications and websites is required
  • Experience of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) 

Languages:

  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge in another UN official language (Arabic, French or Spanish) an asset.

Other:

No travel is envisaged for this internship.  The interns will be required to have their own laptops during the internship and while present at the Human Rights Council. 

Conditions of the internship:

  • Interns are not considered staff members of UNDP and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are not entitled to financial support (salary or any other compensation) from UNDP;
  • Interns are not covered by UNDP for medical, health or life insurance and have to have their own international medical and life insurance;
  • 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. Candidates are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed, to any post for a period of three months following the end of the internship;
  • The normal duration of an internship is from six weeks to 6 months (which is the maximum duration);
  • The intern needs to be enrolled as a graduate or final year Bachelor’s student throughout the duration of the internship or be within one year of graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme;
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing;
  • For more information about the application process and UNDP's internship terms and conditions, visit: www.undp.org/internships

Selected candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Letter of intent/motivation;
  • Letter confirming University enrolment;
  • Letter of endorsement from the University, or proof of (Master’s programme) graduation if within less than one year;
  • Scanned visa document/scanned passport document if no visa is required;
  • Documentation of health insurance coverage for duration of 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.


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