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 :
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:


  • Assist in collecting and analyzing data on the implementation of the UNGPs on B&HR in countries in Asia Pacific;
  • Assist in preparing awareness raising material and knowledge management products.


  • Assist in organizing and participating in scoping missions, workshops and training sessions.


  • Contribute to the design and production of publications, branding and visibility items for B&HR project;
  • Support the management of presence of the project on social media including regular updates (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, and Instagram).


  • Support other program related activities.

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.


  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose;
  • Respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in the final year of an undergraduate study programme, or enrolled in a graduate-study program, or within one year of graduation of the aforementioned;
  • Currently enrolled in graduate-level degree in Public Administration, Public Policies, International Development, International Relations, Master of Laws or any other relevant field is preferred.


  • Knowledge of international development trends, especially related to the areas of work mentioned above governance in Asia-Pacific countries;
  • Knowledge of UN Human Rights Architecture, the Bill of Rights and the main Human Rights Treaties;
  • Knowledge of and experience in Business and Human Rights area is strong asset;
  • Experience from the Region is an advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication/presentation and negotiation skills;
  • Highly organized and independent/motivated;
  • Research ability; strategic, analytical and drafting abilities;
  • Excellent writing and drafting skills in English as well as good communication skills, flexibility and internet research capabilities;
  • Experience editing images or preparing graphics for the web and email communications;
  • Experience engaging and building communities on social networks, particularly Twitter and Facebook;
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • 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;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for  any positions (Fixed-Term Appointment, Temporary Appointment, Service Contract, Individual Contract) in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Subsequent Employment:

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.

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