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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Resources Management Section (HRMS), Programme Support and Management Service (PSMS) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The intern reports to a Human Resources Officer and the Chief of Human Resources.

The internship is for three months, but can be extended 6 for a maximum period of six months. Interns work full time - five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the team. The internship is UNPAID and travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas) and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern.


The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

• Conducts research on a diverse range of talent management and staff development issues using multiple sources; selects relevant material, analyses information and presents findings for internal review;
• Supports the gathering, consolidating, and analysing data for tracking, analytics, and data visualization using Excel, Power BI, and other business intelligence tools;
• Develops data input, files/database structures, data transformation, algorithms, and data output using appropriate computer language/tools to provide technical solutions for complex application development tasks;
• Supports the development and revision of talent management policies;
• Assists in preparing background documentation, drafting correspondence, reports and presentations;
• Participates in meetings and seminars and serves as secretary, as necessary (takes notes, draft summary reports, minutes, notes for the files or assessment reports for presentation to the head of the Section); monitors follow-up actions, etc.
• Reviews staff development project comments/evaluations and progress reports, summarizes findings and lessons learned;
• Assists in designing, organizing, planning and managing the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation, reporting and dissemination of statistical data for talent management purposes;
• Creates graphically engaging presentations and materials;
• Develops visual solutions derived from multiple data sources to enable insight and decision-making at various levels;
• Innovates ways to disseminate and socialize talent management policy content;
• Shows initiative and propose new ways of implementing talent management solutions;
• Perform other activities and special projects as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration; ability to research and compile background materials; ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; actively seeks to improve programmes of services; offers new and different opinions to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; thinks "outside the box"; is willing to place themselves in other shoes to find innovative solutions; demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; use of tact in and ability to handle confidential information on issues with due discretion; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; familiarity in the use of various electronic resources on the internet, intranet, and other databases; awareness of the work of the United Nations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: 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.

Planning & Organizing: 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 an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1) Applicants must:

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or;
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to Human Resources, Law, Public or Business Administration, Management, Strategy, International Relations, or similar.

2) Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
3) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Fluency in spoken and written French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Family relations: Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. For the purpose of participation in the internship programme, “child” means: (a) the child of a staff member; (b) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); or (c) the son- or daughter-in-law of a staff member. “Sibling” includes a half-sibling or step-sibling.

Terms and conditions: Feel free to download the UN Secretariat internship programme Internship programme administrative policy document in either of the Secretariat’s official working languages (English and French) at:

Application process: Qualified individuals who have already established an Inspira account ( may apply directly to this and other opportunities with the United Nations Secretariat at:

Working hours: Interns must adhere to the established weekly working hours of the duty station where the assignment is located though not exceeding five days per week (35 hours) and a one hours lunch break.

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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