Applications Open For The UN-OHCHR Human Rights Internship Programme 2020

Applications Open For The UN-OHCHR Human Rights Internship Programme 2020. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa is inviting suitable candidates who would be interested in filling its Human Rights Internship Programme for 2020.

Main Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the OHCR as it strives to fulfill its mission to protect all human rights of the people.
  • To educate the people about their rights and provide assistance to those who preserve such rights.

Although the daily duties of the successful candidate is based on the individual’s background and skills, there are specific functions to perform such as:

  • Prepare and organize activities related to country and thematic aspects of human rights scenarios in the sub-region
  • Conduct research and analysis
  • Compile and analyze data and indicators on human rights
  • Provide support with activities promoting human rights
  • Support activities with UN country teams
  • Assist with promoting human rights issues
  • Support development and execution of human rights training programmes
  • Take minutes during meetings, briefing, statements and communications


Make sure to review the basic eligibility require before considering to apply for the position:

  • Must be currently pursuing a graduate programme or
  • Currently on last year of Bachelor’s degree qualification, preferably in field of law, international relations, political science or social science, or
  • A recent Bachelor’s degree graduate (no more the a year) of any of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Able to start within a year after graduation date
  • Exhibits professional competence and skill of subject matter
  • Able to meet commitments and deadlines
  • Demonstrates persistence in solving problems
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Displays willingness in sharing information
  • Effectively collaborates with team mates to realize organizational goals
  • Client-centered; able to develop and grow productive client relationships
  • Fluent in spoken and written English; knowledge

Selection Process

  • Short-listed candidates will invited for an informal interview
  • It is highly advised to submit a thorough Personal History Profile
  • The cover letter must:
    • State your interest in the OHCHR, including knowledge of how the Southern Africa Regional Office works
    • Specify availability, particularly  earliest start date
    • Indicate skills in Information Technology and computer programmes you are proficient with
    • Summarize applicant’s geographic and/or primary thematic pillars’ areas of interest
    • Show most recent academic degree obtained or earliest graduation date

How To Apply

Applicants who meet the above requirements will need to register an account here to be able to apply. Make sure prepare the following supporting documents for uploading during the application process:

  • Comprehensive CV
  • List of references with full contact information
  • Cover letter with prescribed content

Closing Date: 29 April 2020.

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