Political Affairs

Political Affairs

Closing date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021


Department/Office: Office of the Victim's Rights Advocate

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 18 December 2020 - 15 June 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is for an initial period of three months, with an opportunity for extension up to a total period of six months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).This position is located in the Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate (OVRA). The OVRA was created as part of the four-pronged strategy set out in the 2017 report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly on special measures on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: a new approach (A/71/818). Its mandate is directed to ensuring that the rights and dignity of victims are at the forefront of all elements of the United Nations system-wide response to sexual exploitation and abuse alleged to be perpetrated by United Nations uniformed or civilian personnel and non-United Nations troops serving under a Security Council mandate. The Intern will support the work of the Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate and work under the supervision of the Human Rights Officer in the Office of the Victim's Rights Advocate.


• Conduct research and analysis on matters of concern to the work of the VRA.

• Prepare ad hoc short policy papers on topics related to the VRA’s mandate.

• Draft or contribute to the drafting of notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other materials in the area of responsibility.

• Attend and take notes of the proceedings of meetings and conferences.

• Provide support for meetings of the Field Victims’ Rights Advocates.

• Assist in communication and public information activities and outreach.

• Perform other related duties as assigned.



-Speaks and writes 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

- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


- 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.

Planning and 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

- 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: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

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

(2) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor\'s level or equivalent).

Be computer literate in standard software applications; Applicants should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter. In addition, candidates should 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. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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 from your current program

• List of IT skills and programmes you are proficient in

• Explain why you are the best candidate

• Explain your interest in the UN Internship Programme In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), skills, and three references.

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

 How to apply: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1608386074139

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