Human Rights Intern (CHEG22.438)

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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 and skilled Human Rights Intern.

The main purpose of this internship is to assist the Human Rights Team of the UK Mission in Geneva with attending and reporting from meetings of the UN Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the human rights treaty bodies, and to provide administrative and policy support.

This internship offers a unique opportunity to participate in the UK 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 Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and about working on human rights issues in an international context. The work will be focused on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the UN treaty bodies. The selected intern will mainly attend human rights meetings at the UN, draft reports from meetings, assist with research and summaries of reports, and participate in organising events. A supervisor will guide the intern and provide on-the-job training.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attending and taking accurate and accessible records of official meetings of the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, human rights treaty bodies, as well as other meetings at the UN, and drafting reports from such meetings. The precise format of this attendance will be affected by the Coivd-19 pandemic;
  • Administrative support, helping out with organising events and meetings;
  • Research and analytical work, preparing background information.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • BA Degree;
  • Fluent written and spoken English (C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Strong interest in working in the human rights field and the UN;
  • Very good computer skills (Microsoft Office Word and Outlook)
  • The successful candidate needs to be highly motivated, flexible and a great team player;
  • Excellent skills in communication, drafting and organisation;
  • Willingness to undergo a mandatory security check.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • A master’s degree in Human Rights, International Law, Diplomacy, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant discipline would be an advantage;
  • Prior relevant internship or work experience from the UN, human rights, NGO or diplomacy is desirable;
  • Knowledge of French.

Application deadline : 2 October 2022

How to apply

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Closing date: 10/2/2022