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- Internship - Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights, NY. USA

With an in-country presence before, during and after a conflict, UNDP is increasingly expected to assume a substantive role in providing rule of law, justice and security assistance to countries threatened or affected by crisis and fragility. To this end, UNDP has restructured and enhanced its Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights (RoLJSHR) team in BPPS, bolstered its capacity to provide support to the field, and articulated a Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights to Sustain Peace and Foster Development.
UNDP’s Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights to Sustain Peace and Foster Development has been the main operational and financial instrument for UNDP globally to engage on justice & security in crisis-affected countries. Drawing on some of UNDP’s most innovative rule of law programmes in crisis-affected and fragile situations, it has sought to expand such experiences to assist UNDP Country Offices to develop multi-year, comprehensive rule of law programmes that respond rapidly and effectively to the needs on the ground. In 2015, the Global Programme supported comprehensive rule of law programmes in over 40 crisis-affected situations, with a total programming value of nearly USD 200 million.
The RoLJSHR team within BPPS is responsible for the implementation of the Global Programme, as well as practice development in the areas of rule of law, justice, security and human rights as they relate to crisis prevention and recovery in conflict and disaster settings. The RoLJSHR team also leads UNDP’s engagement with DPKO, as the Global Focal Point of Justice, Police and Corrections, which was established in 2012. Other innovative partnerships that are supported by the ROLJSHR Team are the Tri-Partite partnership with OHCHR and GANHRI in support of national human rights institutions and the Global Alliance for Reporting on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive societies that brings together members states and the private sector and aims to enhance the collective impact of UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding cluster, by coordinating among work-streams in order to give visibility to knowledge, tools and resources to advance various aspects of SDG 16. The aim is to help to strengthen the impact of UNDP’s work on SDG 16, and—since SDG 16 underpins achievement of all the SDGs—the entire 2030 Agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team Leader and the direct guidance of the Global Alliance Coordinator and working closely with the RoLJSHR team, the intern’s functions will be as follows:
Support planning, coordination and logistics for two Ambassador-level meetings of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, as well as organization and follow on reporting of Steering Committee meetings and related events
Assist with the development of Global Alliance outreach, including social media, website, communications materials, outreach documents and publications.
Assist with the development of the Global Alliance database.
Support research initiatives related to the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, including institutional research to enable the development of partnerships that will enable the work of the Alliance, as well as the Rule of Law team, Governance and Peacebuilding well as other partnerships as needed related to access to justice or human rights portfolio under the guidance of the respective focal points in the team.
Support the Global Alliance Coordinator and other members of the Secretariat with country support activities.
Other deliverables determined by the Global Alliance Coordinator or the ROLJSHR Team Leader as necessary.


Core Competencies:
Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s core values;
Respects individual, gender and cultural differences in dealing with others;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:
Some knowledge of rule of law, justice and security assistance for conflict/post-conflict situations;
Excellent English writing and editing skills;

Required Skills and Experience

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
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 (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required;
Knowledge of additional languages is an asset.
Demonstrated interest in the fields of rule of law and human rights and/or development;
Demonstrated advanced writing, editing, and research skills;
Experience in drafting communications/external relations material is strongly preferred.
Effective communications and computer skills (MS Office package, Internet research);
Detail-oriented, produces quality outputs in a timely manner when assigned a given task
Good analytical and problem-solving skills;
Sound knowledge of political, social and humanitarian context in which UNDP works;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Builds strong relationships, focuses on impact and results; establishes and maintains relationships to understand needs and gain support;
Consistently approaches work with energy and positive, constructive attitude;
Ability to work under pressure and to remain calm, in control and good humored even under tight deadlines.
Working Hours:
Full time, five days per week (preferred); or minimum commitment of three full days a week;
Days off will be granted as needed and in compliance with the UNDP internship. policy.
Conditions for internships:
The intern is expected to work out of UNDP’s headquarters in New York;
The UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
The intern will need to provide proof of health and life/accident insurance;
UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship;
The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
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Job posted on 10 May 2018.

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