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Human Rights Intern (Kharkiv and Mariupol) (OHCHR)

Kharkiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kharkiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-27

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The UNDP internship programme offers an outstanding graduate-level students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to the development issues and a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of UNDP. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.

Objective of the internship: Based in Kharkiv or Mariupol, the intern is expected to assist the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) to monitor and report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine.   The intern will obtain an excellent opportunity to deepen his/her knowledge about the UN operations in Ukraine, human rights work in the field and ways to convey complex legal issues in simple messages. 

Organizational Context 

This internship is located with the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU). In March 2014, at the invitation of the Government of Ukraine and in response to developments in the country, the UN Secretary-General deployed a human rights monitoring team.  HRMMU monitors, reports and advocates on the human rights situation in Ukraine with a special focus on the east and Crimea, and the issue of accountability. As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine escalated, the HRMMU has additionally engaged in protection, advocacy and capacity building throughout the country, including in areas directly affected by the conflict. HRMMU has offices in Kyiv, Donetsk, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Luhansk and Odesa. Human rights monitoring for Crimea is done by the teams based in Kyiv and Odesa.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Officer, the intern’s duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Contribute to identification of human rights issues/problem areas, emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations as well as response and capacity gaps, and assist in the development of a strategy to respond to the situation;
  • Research, collect, document and analyze information pertaining to the human rights situation in the area of assignment;
  • Provide input and advice on human rights issues as relevant to the mission's work in the geographic area of assignment;
  • Prepare briefing, interviews notes, analytical documents and contribute to the production of various documentation and reports;
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for protection and safe handling of information;
  • Provides support to building and facilitation of key contacts and partnerships to ensure effective dialogue/exchange on human rights issues;
  • Support coordination with other relevant stakeholders, including regional organizations, in the pursuit of the mandate of the monitoring mission;
  • Ensure the integration of universally recognized human rights, and the gender dimension, in all activities to be carried out within the area of responsibilities;
  • Use information management tools developed by OHCHR, including the database;
  • Other tasks as required.

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have an impact on coordination activities and fulfillment of HRMMU objectives, activities and outputs, in accordance with human rights situation on the assigned region and area of responsibility.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UNDP in particular;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Communication. 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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Experience in drafting and writing texts in English/Russian/Ukrainian;
  • Teamwork. 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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Client Orientation. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;
  • Understanding of UN/UNDP mandates and specifics of activities;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude, pro-activity;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Diplomatic skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled student of graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in law, social/political science, international relations or other relevant area; or
  • Enrolled student in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) in law, social/political science, international relations or other relevant area; or
  • Graduate student within one-year of graduation of any of the above.


  • No professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English, Ukrainian and Russian is required for the internship.

Applicants for internships must submit the following documentation:

  • UNDP Internship Application form;
  • Copy of the most recent CV in English;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Letter from his/her University confirming current enrollment and graduation date, if applicable, or copy of a Diploma for graduate students;
  • Copy of a school transcript;
  • Endorsement letter or letter of reference from a faculty member.


  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must therefore carry adequate and regular medical insurance. Medical Certificate of Good Health and Proof of medical insurance for duration of contract must be provided before the internship commences.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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