UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Internhip: Regional Office for South America - Santiago, Chile

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UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Internhip: Regional Office for South America - Santiago, Chile
Throughout the year, the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in South America recruits interns. Apply and come join us!

As part of its mandate to promote human rights in the sub-region, the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights offers unpaid internship opportunities of a minimum of 6 months, based in Santiago, Chile, aimed at providing a professional opportunity to people wishing to do research in human rights or to start professional careers in this area. Priority is given to candidates coming from the countries of the South America Region.

Requirements:
For one to be considered for fellowships at the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the following criteria have to be fulfilled:
  • Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or a professional experience in law, political science, social sciences, international relations, communications, documentation or other relevant field pertinent to the work of the Centre;
  • Candidate must demonstrate a keen interest in doing work related to research, capacity building and/or dissemination of the principles of human rights and democracy in their countries of origin, at the national or international level;
  • Candidate must be fluent in Spanish. Working knowledge of either English or Portuguese would be considered an asset.
How to apply:
The selection of interns is based on applications sent by the candidates as well as subsequent interviews conducted by the Regional Office to short-listed applicants. Internship candidates are required to attach the following:
  • A letter of motivation (not exceeding 3000 words) demonstrating the candidate’s interest in the areas of human rights and democracy, indicating ways in which the candidate hopes to use the knowledge acquired during the internship, highlighting challenges faced in his/her country or region, and also pointing out to any experience, research and other relevant work previously undertaken;
  • A detailed CV (curriculum vitae) highlighting relevant studies and work (if any) carried out in the past;
  • Certified copies of relevant university degree or diplomas;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic institution and the other from an individual of relevant professional standing, attesting to the interest, ability and commitment of the candidate to the ideals of human rights and democracy;
  • A copy of a national identification document (ID, passport, etc).
These documents must be sent to: ohchr-santiago@ohchr.org

Once the application packages have been received by the Regional Office’s recruitment team, a shortlist of potential candidates is prepared. Candidates in this shortlist are interviewed by telephone. Successful candidates are then formally notified of their selection.

As the Regional Office is not in a position to respond individually to all applicants, candidates who have not heard from the Office within 3 months of their application should consider that their application has not been successful and may apply again.

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Closing Date: 31 Dec 2014
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