Internship - Support to the cross practice human rights policy development


Location : Homebased (reporting to Geneva office), SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :31-Jan-21 (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)
15-Feb-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months

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.


Background

The UNDP Crisis Bureau 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 Crisis Bureau, 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.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Programme Analyst, the objectives of this internship will be to  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 in Headquarters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produce draft Human Rights Council result report (46th session) and present the main findings to the Crisis Bureau in UNDP Geneva Office;
  • Follow up the Universal Periodic Review (38th Session) and other relevant human rights mechanisms and apply findings to UNDP country level programmes and policie;
  • Provide overall support on human rights agenda to follow up on meetings and 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 as agreed.

No travel is envisaged for this internship. The selected intern will be required to use his/her own laptops during the internship.


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

Applicants to the UNDP Internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a post graduate degree programme (master programme or higher) in journalism, political science, sociology, international relations, public administration, development studies, international law or related programme; or
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (bachelor degree or equivalent), in above relevant field; or
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree, as defined in the above field and, if selected, the candidate must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Experience:

  • 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).

Language:

  • Fluency in English required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic, French or Spanish is an asset.

Application Procedure:

  • The application should contain a) brief Cover Letter (in English) stating interest in and qualifications for the post; and (b) current and complete CV in English.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • Interns may be given a stipend according to the UNDP Internship Policies, if is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme;
  • Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • In the current context, the intern is expected to work from home, as travel may be restricted to/ from Geneva;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • 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;
  • The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of the following documents upon selection:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her school transcript;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form;
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health;
  • Proof of medical insurance.

Application process:

  • In your application, please (i) state in one paragraph why you would like to be considered for the internship, and (ii) indicate your preferred start and end date, as well as your availability timeframe in 2021;
  • Submit your CV/Resume.

Please combine the above into one single PDF document as the system only allows to upload one document.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.



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