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Posting Period
18 February 2014-5 March 2014

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational Setting and Reporting

OHCHR-EARO is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was established in 2002. The core functions of the Office are to: serve as OHCHR office in the region developing and implementing country engagement strategies requiring more focused attention in East Africa; mainstream human rights in the work of the African Union, sub-regional intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; and, support United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) and UN offices in the region including UNECA by providing relevant thematic expertise for capacity-building, advocacy, and other activities.

The mandate includes preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, and strengthening and streamlining the United Nations system in the field of human rights.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Under the general guidance of the Regional Representative and the direct supervision of staff members of the EARO, the intern will assist the team in achieving the annual work plan of the office. The intern may be assigned to different thematic and regional focal areas as needs arise and in order to best utilize and develop the intern’s skills.

The responsibilities are as follows:

  • He/she assists the team in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating training and human rights promotion activities in cooperation with the concerned governments, national institutions, regional organizations (AU, ECA), NGOs, and UN agencies.
  • He/she contributes to the team in developing activities aimed at promoting international and regional human rights mechanisms.
  • He/she will prepare the bi-annual newsletter on the activities of the office for the corresponding period.
  • He/she participates, as relevant and appropriate, in various meetings, consultations and co-ordination fora with various partners in the region.
  • He/she participates in internal staff meetings and follow-up on relevant issues upon request.
  • Assist in day-to-day work of the office: the intern is expected to participate and familiarize herself in administrative work of the office. This may include but is not limited to: providing support in the organization of training workshops, searching requested information, preparing reports documentation/presentations for professional staff, drafting correspondence letters, etc.
  • Assist in preparing monthly reports.
  • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Regional Office.
  • More specific tasks will be allocated at the starting-point of the internship considering the current needs of the office and particular skills and areas of interest of the intern. A specific Terms of Reference may then be agreed upon.
  • The intern is expected to make an active contribution to the team, be attentive and flexible in responding to requests for assistance, implement given tasks diligently, conduct all tasks with a spirit of team-work with full respect for all staff, represent the Office in a professional manner and in all other ways adhere to the core values of the United Nations.



  • Speaks and draft 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.


  • 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.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines;
  • develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required;
  • allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


To qualify for consideration for an internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

(1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(3) Have graduated with a university degree as defined in (1) and (2) above.(4) Candidates who are selected, must commence the internship programme either prior to graduation or within one year of graduation from an academic programme as describe in (1) and (2). Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
  • Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme);
  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
  • List your top three areas of interest/department preferences;
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for our office;
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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