Org. Setting and Reporting
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms； enhancing equality and countering discrimination； combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law； integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere； widening the democratic space； and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict， violence and insecurity.
This announcement broadcasts internship opportunities located within the Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD). The Division supports the human rights treaty bodies that monitor the implementation of the international human rights treaties and it comprises three Branches. Specifically， these internships will be situated within the Human Rights Branch (HRTB). The Branch helps facilitate the strengthening， promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations， which includes supporting the Human Rights Council (HRC) make recommendations on these issues. HRTB includes the Capacity Building and Harmonization Section (CHS) which comprises the Civil， Political， Economic， Social and Cultural Rights Section (CPESCRS) and associated human rights treaty bodies and working groups – the Committee against Torture and Other Cruel， Inhuman， or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)， the Human Rights Committee (HR Committee)， the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the Committee on Economic， Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)； the Groups in Focus Section (GIFS) and associated human rights treaty bodies and working groups – the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)， the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW)， Sub-committee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel， Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT)， the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)； and the Petitions and Inquiries Section (PIS)， which consists of the Petitions Unit (PU) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel， Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) Special Fund.
Under the general guidance of the respective Director of Branch， the intern will be under the general supervision of the respective Section Chief， Unit Head and reports to respective Committee Secretary， Coordinator or Human Rights officer within the within area of assignment.
Based in Geneva， Switzerland， internship assignments with are normally offered for an initial period of three (3) months， with possibility of extension up to a total period of six (6) months， and commencement ranging from January to December 2018.
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.
In general， daily HRTB responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to servicing the meetings of the human rights treaty bodies and their respective working groups； Preparing country and legal analysis and drafts legal background papers for human rights treaty bodies， related both to State reporting procedures and treaty body complaints procedures； Conducting research into and drafting reports on the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies concerned； Assisting with the handling of individual communications received under the different treaty body complaints procedures； Assisting in the preparation of the SPT country visits； Taking notes during the sessions/pre-sessions as well as carrying out administrative duties such as the preparation of documentation and reference files in advance and during the session； Providing input to outreach and information tasks， including the Branch newsletter； Supporting the work of the Universal Human Rights Index； researching information and developing training exercises for use in capacity building activities on reporting by States to the Treaty Bodies； preparing the Weekly HRTB Update； Assisting with preparation of reports and background papers for the General Assembly， the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the annual meeting of Chairs； Conducting research on treaty body strengthening/ reform and/or project management， through the pre-screening， monitoring and evaluation of project proposals awarded or to be awarded by the Humanitarian Funds with the aim of providing direct assistance to victims of torture and/or slavery and their family members； Servicing the sessions of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Funds， including by carrying out research， collecting and analyzing information pertaining to human rights issues， in particular in relation to redress and rehabilitation of victims of torture and forms of slavery； Increasing the outreach of the Humanitarian Funds， including through updating webpages and other promotional material on the work and impact of the Funds； Supporting the organization of training activities and developing relevant training material； Contributing to the daily updating of information in the Universal Human Rights Index and the treaty body documentation database； performing other duties as request by supervisor， as appropriate.
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. 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.