Human Rights Internship (CHEG472) – Missão do Reino Unido para o Escritório das Nações Unidas em Genebra

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Job Category  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory  

UKMIS (UK Mission to the United Nations)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in Geneva represents the interests and policies of the UK at the UN and is recruiting a highly motivated Human Rights Intern.

This internship offers a unique opportunity to participate in the Mission’s human rights work as an integral part of the UK delegation, under the guidance of senior staff. The internship will offer a chance to learn about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and about working on human rights issues in an international context. The work will be focused on the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review. The selected intern will mainly attend meetings at the UN, research and prepare background information, draft reports from meetings, and participate in organising events. A supervisor will guide the intern and provide on-the-job training.

Essential qualifications and experience  

We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible individual with excellent skills in communication and organisation, and with strong interest in human rights and the UN.

Education: Degree in human rights, international law, diplomacy, international relations, political science or other relevant discipline.

Work Experience: Prior relevant internship or work experience from the UN, human rights or diplomacy is required;

Language skills: Fluency written and spoken English;

IT skills: Good working knowledge of MS Word.

Desirable qualifications and experience

Education: A master’s degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines would be an advantage;

Work Experience: Prior experience from work or internship in Geneva. Experience from the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights treaty bodies would be highly advantageous;

Language Skills: Knowledge of French;

IT skills: Good working knowledge of MS Excel would be a plus.

Required competencies  

Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally


Application deadline: 16 October 2017

Grade: Internship

Type of Position: Temporary, Intern

Working hours per week: 40

Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Country/Territory: Switzerland

Location (City): UK Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva

Type of Post: International Organisation Delegation

Number of vacancies: 1

Starting monthly salary (CHF): 1250

Start Date: 8 January 2018

End Date: 13 July 2018


Other benefits and conditions of employment

All applicants should have permission to live and work in Switzerland. Applicants must hold a full passport valid for at least 12 months for any EU / Schengen country.

The UK Mission will offer the intern a monthly training allowance of 1250 CHF. Please note that the intern will need to arrange and pay for his or her own travel, accommodation, as well as any other living costs.

The final appointment will be dependent upon successful security clearance. Please note that selected candidates will have to visit the Mission (around 4-6 weeks before starting) for a security interview, which is also at their own cost.

Please be advised that the UK Mission will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, security check nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

Additional information

We kindly advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application before the deadline.

Only applications submitted until 16 of October 2017 at 23:55 (local time) will be considered.

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