Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
In line with the United Nations Internship programme, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations through assignment to Secretariat entities. The Programme endeavors to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrichen their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization. Equally, it provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields. Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies, expertise and/or skills.
A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations Secretariat. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this advertisement, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (e.g. stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (e.g. son- or daughter-in-law).
"Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child. The internship is an unpaid (full-time) opportunity and the intern must adhere to the established weekly working hours of the duty station where the assignment is located, including one hour for lunch. For more information on the United Nations Secretariat Internship programme, please visit: https://www.unog.ch
The Office of the 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.
Since OHCHR moved from the Palais de Nations to the Palais Wilson in 1998, the absence of a specialized documentation centre has been acutely felt as the Library in the Palais des Nations was not as easily accessible to the staff. A documentation centre was needed “to support the research and information needs of the High Commissioner, the experts, special rapporteurs and treaty body members who rely on the Office for substantive assistance, or even its own staff.” The proposed Documentation Centre was intended to complement rather than duplicate UNOG Library holdings. By June 2003, the Library had become fully operational and was officially opened to the public on 10 December 2003. In 2018, to reflect the multitude and diversity of resources and services provided by the Library, it has been renamed into Library and Human Rights Gateway.
The Library and Human Rights Gateway is the main access point to information and research on human rights and relevant work of the United Nations. The resources include: Books and multimedia items; Human rights resolutions voting database; Online databases and journals; Online research guides, such as Human Rights Timeline, UDHR for Children and International Commissions of Inquiry (CoIs) and Fact-Finding Missions; Human Rights Education and Training Resource Collection and Database; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Resource Collection and UDHR translations.
This announcement broadcasts international internship assignments with the OHCHR Library. Situated within the Development and Economic, Social Issues Branch (DESIB), the Library provides a quality information service and is an effective gateway to information in the area of human rights and the work of the United Nations in the area of human rights in support of the work of the OHCHR, the UN human rights mechanisms and special procedures, civil society, journalists, researchers and the public in general. The library catalogue and links to other library resources and services can be consulted here: http://searchlibrary.ohchr.org/
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the general guidance and direction of the OHCHR Librarian, the intern reports to the Library Assistant in the area of assignment.
This internship is being offered for an initial period of three (3) months, with possibility of extension up to a total period of six (6) months, with a commencement date ranging/ starting from 1 March 2019 to June 2019.
APPLICANTS SHOULD INDICATE THEIR PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY IN THE COVER LETTER OF THE APPLICATION.
The intern shall support the OHCHR Library in fulfilling its mission: to provide a quality information service and to be an effective gateway to information in the area of human rights and the work of the United Nations in the area of human rights.
Daily responsibilities of interns supporting the OHCHR Library will depend on the individual's background and specific duties may include but are not limited to: Assisting in digitization of the human rights education and training materials, which includes scanning, editing and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing of the materials; Assisting with the finalization of the part two of the final report of the World Conference on Human Rights, which includes conducting research, compiling speeches, checking paper statements against actual delivery, digitizing, editing, OCR processing and final formatting of the publication; and Performing other relates tasks requested by the supervisor as appropriate (i.e. cataloguing, reference, collection development, outreach activities, et cetera).
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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the internship programme though any relevant academic and/or practical experience would be an advantage. In particular, academic experience in digitization trends and technologies, with an understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to libraries, information management and/or practical experience conducting research and analysis, using research sources or library work.
Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs - which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, applicants must, at the time of application, be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree) in the area of library science, information science or a related field, OR have graduated with a university as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period from the date of graduation.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language - Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish - would be an advantage.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an informal interview after the review of their application. Incomplete Personal History Profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. For this reason it is crucial that the cover letter:
•Specifies the area of interest and earliest date of availability;
•Explains why you are a suitable candidate for this OHCHR internship assignment;
•Indicates information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient; and
•Notes the present period of academic studies underway and/or the exact title & date that more recent academic degree was awarded.
IN YOUR PHP, BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL PAST EMPLOYMENT, IF APPLICABLE, PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE - ACADEMIC OR OTHERWISE - AND THREE REFERENCES. IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS SHOULD INDICATE THEIR SPECIALIZATION AND/ OR AREAS OF INTEREST - IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE - AS THIS WILL ENHANCE THE VALUE OF THE INTERNSHIP FOR BOTH THE INTERN AND THE ORGANIZATION. DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, ONLY CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN SHORT-LISTED WILL BE CONTACTED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION.