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UN Economic Commission for Africa Internships for African Students 2017 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The United Nations OHCHR-EARO (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights – East Africa Regional Office) is recruiting african graduates and undergraduates for its internship in Communication program.

Application Deadline: 11th September 2017

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

About the Award: OHCHR-EARO (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights – East Africa Regional Office) 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.

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.

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.

Type: Internship

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

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

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

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

How to Apply: 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.

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Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: United Nations

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