Intern, OHCHR Economic and Social Rights Unit

Intern, OHCHR Economic and Social Rights Unit

Terms of Reference for Economic and Social Rights Unit Intern

I. Position Information
Intern, OHCHR Economic and Social Rights Unit
Supervisor: Gallianne Palayret, Head of the Economic and Social Rights Unit
Duration of internship: 3 months initially, renewable once.

II.Background  
The mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people by helping to empower them as well as assisting those responsible for upholding their rights. In the Cambodia Country Office, OHCHR implements four core programmes in line with its mandate of protection and promotion of human rights. These are: Rule of Law, Economic and Social Rights, Prison Reform Support, and Civil Society and Fundamental Freedoms.
 
The Economic and Social Rights Programme works to monitor, promote and implement the right to adequate housing and an adequate standard of living, prevent forced eviction, and realize security of tenure. One of the ways it does this is to monitor government’s policy and policy implementation as well as carry out activities in collaboration with other stakeholders in relation to land and housing, including on land concessions and indigenous communal land registration. The Unit has also been raising awareness of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which has involved activities such as trainings, forums, meetings, discussions with NGOs, community members, students, representatives from governments and businesses.  
 
The Economic and Social Rights Unit engages in ongoing monitoring work on land titling programmes, evictions, land registration of indigenous communities, as well as provision of training on business and human rights for various audiences.
 
The Economic and Social Rights Programme requires a Khmer and English speaking intern with a legal background to help with the preparation of trainings and forums, to monitor the Royal Gazette and media to extract information on land concessions, and provide assistance on other land and housing related issues.

III.Duties and Responsibilities
  The intern will provide support to the Economic and Social Rights Unit in the monitoring of Indigenous Peoples Rights and in the preparation of trainings and meetings carried out by the unit by:

  1. Preparing and updating background/information notes on specific indigenous peoples rights, issues and cases (research and analysis required);
  2. Supporting the preparation of trainings or meetings (cf. preparation of training materials, logistic and procurements ; preparation of minutes of the meetings);
  3. Assisting in the preparation of and participation in field/monitoring missions;
  4. Representing the office in meetings; Taking notes during meetings;
  5. Other related tasks.
 IV. Desired qualifications of the intern:  
  1. Knowledge of human rights law, the Cambodian land law, indigenous peoples in Cambodia and the context of land disputes in Cambodia.
  2. Fluent English writing skills; ability to communicate with government officials is an advantage.
  3. Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights.
  4. Ability to work in a team
  5. Excellent research and drafting skills
  6. Willingness to learn new things
Eligibility Self Check
To be eligible, your answers must be “Yes” to the 4 questions.
 
  Eligibility Self Check Table: Yes No
1. You must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or
equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree
programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in 1 (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
 
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2. You are able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses of the internship.  
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3. If selected, you will be able to provide a medical certificate stating that you are in good health and prove your enrolment in one of the programmes stated in 1 above.  
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4. You are able to communicate fluently in English    __    __

 

 
Please follow the link to see the conditions of service and application procedures:
http://cambodia.ohchr.org/en/internship-program/internship-opportunities-cambodian-nationals-ohchr-cambodia
For more information on Internship Programme, please visit: http://cambodia.ohchr.org/en/internship-program
 
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