Economic Commission for Africa Internship - Programme Management Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Internship - Programme Management Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat Department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; Integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; Widening the democratic space; and Early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.

  • This announcement broadcasts international internships with the OHCHR East Africa Regional Office (EARO). Established in 2002, the Regional Office assists the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) offices, United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti, the Africa Union (AU), governments and civil society in strengthening human rights based approaches. In particular, OHCHR EARO works closely with AU, UNCTs and civil society on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in their engagement with the regional and international human rights organs, including advising national authorities upon request.

    Thematic priorities for the Regional Office's work are:

  • Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms` outcomes; Enhancing and Protecting Civic Space and People's Participation; Integrating human rights in sustainable development; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and Early warning, prevention and protection of human rights in situations of conflict and insecurity.

  • Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the general guidance of the Regional Representative/ Head of Office, the intern reports to the respective Human Rights Officer of Programme Management Officer within the area of assignment.

  • This internship assignment may be offered for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, with a commencement date ranging/starting from June 2020


  • The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

  • Daily responsibilities of Regional Programme Management interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to assisting the team in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of training and human rights promotion activities in cooperation with the concerned governments, national institutions, regional organizations (i.e. African Union, Economic Commission for Africa), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and United Nations agencies, and in particular, the intern may: Contribute to the development of activities aimed at promoting international and regional human rights conventions among AU Member States and advocating for its

  • Participate as appropriate, in various meetings, consultations and coordination with various partners in the region; Participate in internal staff meetings and following-up on relevant issues upon request; Assist in the day-to-day work of the office which may also include provision of support in the organization of training workshops, conducting research on requested topics, preparing reports documentation and/or /presentations, drafting correspondence letters, et cetera; and Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor, as appropriate.



  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.


  • 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • 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 ongoing 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.


  • To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the time of their submission, be enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme programme (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree); be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or have completed an aforementioned academic degree, preferably in the area of business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, management, economics or a related field, AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date indicated on the acceptance letter.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English is required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Internship - Programme Management Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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