INTERN - Human Rights, UPRB
United Nations
vor 2 Tg.


  • The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission : to work for the protection of all human rights for all people;
  • to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

    Daily responsibilities of UPR Branch interns will depend on the individual's background and duties and may include but are not limited to assisting staff members in the servicing of countries' reviews before, during and after the UPR Working Group (WG) sessions.

    During the WG sessions, the intern will A). Assist in the drafting of small sections of the UPR WG report under the staff members supervision, through i).

  • collecting and organizing written statements; ii); assisting in translating and drafting recommendations issued by delegations into English;
  • and iii). assisting in translating and drafting summaries of the statements issued by delegations into English. B). Assist in Secretariat management related tasks, including compiling lists of delegations;
  • drafting / translating messages to participants; handling new communication and technology tools implemented for fully virtual or hybrid sessions (Zoom, Webex, other platforms ), as well as screen management;
  • drafting ad hoc summaries; providing data research and statistics support; supporting media related tasks; taking notes during UPR related side events;
  • and other administrative tasks connected with the session. The in-session assignments may change depending on the specific modalities of the sessions.

    During the HRC sessions (item 6), interns will assist staff members in the drafting of small sections of the UPR Outcome report under the staff members supervision, through the collection of written statements, translation of statements into English and drafting short summaries, as well as temporarily assist the HRC Branch in specific in-session activities, including in its hybrid modalities using new communication and technology tools.

  • Out-session assignments may include but are not limited to : i). Assisting staff members in the preparation of UPR pre-session documents (compilation and summary), including research and analysis of human rights information and trends;
  • ii). Assisting staff members in the finalization of documents and activities related to the most recent UPR WG session; iii).

  • Helping in the indexing of the UPR WG recommendations and preparing info-graphics under staff members supervision; iv). Helping in the preparation and implementation of follow-up activities;
  • v). Performing substantive and thematic research into specific areas of the UPR's work; vi). Assisting in the preparation and revision of training material;
  • vii) Assisting in the preparation of daily notes, bullet points, electronic material (info-graphics, presentations and video snapshots);
  • viii). Participating in the UPRB weekly meetings; and ix). Providing assistance in the accomplishment of any other task relevant to the UPRB activities such as organization of and / or participation in meetings, panels, etc.


  • PROFESSIONALISM : Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. COMMUNICATION : Speaks and writes 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. TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS : Keeps abreast of available technology;
  • understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
  • and shows willingness to learn new technology.


    To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, applicants must, at the time of the expression of interest, be a graduate or enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.

    e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree) or be a graduate or enrolled in a second university degree programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher), preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must commence the internship on the date specified in the Acceptance letter.

    Academic knowledge of the work of international human rights mechanisms, including the UPR, is desirable. Knowledge of on-line meeting platforms and tools such as Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.

    is desirable. Basic IT skills and proficiency in MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, Power point are desirable. Previous background or technical IT skills in the area of databases, data research and analysis, graphic design and video production would be an asset.

    Work Experience

    No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship in the UPRB fluency in English or French is required, knowledge of the other is an asset.

    Knowledge of another United Nations official language would be an advantage, (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

    Assessment Special Notice United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.

    Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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