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Trainees INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS

la Organizatia Natiunilor Unite in BANGKOK

Job Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS, I

Department/ Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Duty Station: BANGKOK

Posting Period: 30 March 2012-14 January 2013

Job Opening number: 12-HRI-OHCHR-23099-R-BANGKOK (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for South-East Asia’s internship is for 6 months.

The internship is unpaid and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member.

Interns must be currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree Programme (or equivalent) in International Law, Political Science, Social Science, Economics, History, and related fields.

Interns learning opportunities:
Interns will have opportunities to broaden their human rights experience and knowledge; exposure to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in South-East Asia and human rights related work in other UN agencies; broaden the understanding of current human rights issues in South-East Asia and globally; and introduced to the functioning of United Nations human rights bodies and mechanisms. Interns are integrated in the OHCHR team, they participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research human rights issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases, and provide support to other OHCHR activities. Interns work under the supervision of OHCHR’s staff. Interns receive some information sessions on the United Nations and human rights issues. In addition, interns have an opportunity to attend lectures, and other events related to human rights held in Bangkok.

Responsibilities

(1) Assist in monitoring developments (human rights, politics, conflicts) in the South-East Asia region, and to follow up individual cases in line with provisions of the treaty body mechanisms and the special procedures.
(2) Assist in preparing and distributing a daily news review every morning to send to HQ in Geneva, which will provide information on the human rights situation in each ASEAN country, and individual cases where violations of human rights are reported.
(3) Assist in preparing monthly review to give an overview of the human rights situation in assigned countries for inclusion in the office’s monthly report.
(4) Assist in updating and maintaining information in the Regional Office’s Website.
(5) Assist in organizing workshops and seminars.
(6) Assist in overseeing maintenance and further development of the office’s information and resource tools and, where necessary, directly update and produce the information and resource tools, including: the website, and tables relating to treaties and special procedures.
(7) Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Regional Office.
(8) Attend and take notes in meetings/conferences as requested by the Regional Representative.
(9) Perform other tasks as necessary.

Competencies

Communication:
-Speaks and writes in English clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork:
-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

Accountability:
-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least fours years of full-studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Be computer literate in standard software applications;

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

Have a demonstrated the 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Source: UN Careers.


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