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Human Rights Intern

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-27

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights works with agencies of the United Nations in an integrated approach in Papua New Guinea through a Human Rights Adviser (HRA) who is based in Port Moresby with the mandate to support the United Nations Country Team and the Government in advancing human rights in Papua New Guinea.  The focused areas for the Adviser’s Unit is as follows:

  • Human rights capacity building through training and technical support to the government including in the area of treaty mechanisms and Universal Periodic Review;
  • Support in enhancing civil society capacity in human rights;
  • Support the United Nations Country Team in implementing its strategy to mainstream human rights and gender into UN programmes;
  • Support in promoting human rights through human rights film festival and periodic Human Rights Forum


As part of its work HRA conducts regular monitoring of human rights violations based on information available in social, electronic and other forms of media, and information provided by partners and victims. HRA also works closely with civil society in implementing its mandate.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically, the interns will assist with the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Support in conducting regular human rights monitoring through media (electronic, print and other mediums) and information provided by partners and aggrieved person, and produce bimonthly draft monitoring reports;
  • Function as a human rights focal point for civil society, including human rights defenders, establish a database on civil society, and share relevant international human rights standards, and other information relevant to their work;
  • Support civil society and Government engagement with Human Rights mechanisms, including participating in the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review in 2021; 
  • Support in planning and organizing awareness raising and outreach activities, including the annual PNG Human Rights Film Festival and 20 days of activism; 
  • Support in organizing the quarterly Human Rights Forum including in taking minutes, and disseminating information to partners;
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed by the HRA%


Core Competencies
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work. 
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Competencies and Attitudes:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Strong interest in the area human rights;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Interest in learning new areas including IT, communications, etc.
  • Passion to work with vulnerable people including victims of human rights violations;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Candidates with special needs ( disability) are encouraged to apply



Required Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in social science such as law, political science or humanities. Preference shall be given to those who have graduated no longer than one year. 
IT skills:
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Other related IT skills will be an asset.  
Language skills:
  • English required (mandatory);
  • Knowledge of Tok Pisin is an advantage.


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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