SUMMER & FALL 2021 UN Volunteers Assistant Human Rights Officer

UN Volunteers is seeking a current graduate-level student or recent graduate to work as an assistant human rights officer. The duration of this opportunity is June 1, 2021 – November 30, 2021, and it is based at the Geneva duty station.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is May 23, 2021.


Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of CSU and the Coordinator of WHRGS, the International UN Volunteer will:

  • Support the Civic Space Unit (CSU) team on the below listed 5 key priority areas by participating in meetings and follow up, writing up summaries, data analysis, mapping exercises, and conducting research and other related tasks
      • Support regional and in-country initiatives to protect Human Rights Defenders (HRDs);
      • Support strategic field engagement on civic space;
      • Support the roll-out and implementation of the UN Guidance Note on protection and promotion of civic space;
      • Monitoring of civic space and the situation of HRDs;
      • Mainstreaming civic space and protection in UN system;
      • Building public support for civic space and HRDs;
      • Provide inputs to individual protection cases, talking points, 2-pagers as needed;
  • Support the WHRGS’s activities in the areas of women’s human rights and gender equality, including:
      • Assist in the development and implementation of capacity-building activities on women’s human rights;
      • Assist with the research for talking points and speeches on women’s human rights and gender equality, including on women’s rights and inequality, for the High Commissioner, the Deputy High Commissioner, the Assistant Secretary-General in NY, and other senior managers as requested;
      • Support in organizing thematic panel discussions at the Human Rights Council on women’s human rights and gender equality, and conduct research for the preparations of reports to the Human Rights Council on women’s human rights and gender equality;
      • Compile relevant articles and reports on the areas of women’s rights and gender equality and disseminate these within the Section; and
      • Assist in providing inputs to position papers, reports, and other documents developed by the Section on the areas of women’s human rights and gender equality;

Other areas of work:

  • Contribute to thematic reports or studies, including research of related literature, international law, and jurisprudence, and in particular, the UN Volunteer may:
  • Collect information and conduct research for the preparation of briefing notes, statements, and other documents;
  • Take notes of meetings with different stakeholders, in particular, civil society representatives;
  • Attend sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and assisting with the preparation of related activities and events;
  • Assist in the organization of meetings and seminars; and
  • Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


  • At the time of application must be enrolled in a graduate school program, in the final academic year for an undergraduate program, or have graduated from one of the aforementioned scenarios and take the assignment within one year of the graduation date
  • Fluency in English is required; Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable
  • Computer literate in standard software applications
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and show a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter
      • This includes the willingness to be tolerant of differing opinions and views
  • Work experience in the areas of civic space, woman’s human rights, and gender equality issues is desirable

For more information and to apply, click here.

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