United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Geneva: Human Rights Unit
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) seeks to help children, especially those in developing countries, through community-based projects to improve primary health care and access to safe water sanitation, nutrition and basic essentials.
UNICEF Human Rights Unit is responsible for facilitating the interaction of UNICEF HQ, Regional Offices and Country Offices with the human rights mechanisms in Geneva, in particular the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Human Rights Council, but also other treaty bodies, Special Procedures and the OHCHR. The team forms part of UNICEF's global section responsible for gender and human rights issues, but deals primarily with human rights, not gender.
Nature of the Extern's Work and SupervisionInterns assist the team in covering the wide range of activities the team is responsible for, preparing written notes and summaries, and providing feedback as needed in relation to treaty body and Human Rights Council sessions. In addition, interns are required to undertake legal research and analyses on various topics of relevance to UNICEF's work.
While the precise tasks of interns vary, taking into account the schedule of treaty bodies, the regular and special sessions of the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Reviews, as well as the specific skills, competencies and areas of interest of the respective intern, the main tasks in which interns at our section are involved are the following:
Important Information for StudentsKnowledge and/or experience in the field of human rights, and particularly children's rights will be highly valued.
To learn more about UNICEF, please visit their website.
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