United Nations International Volunteers Required at OHCHR: Media Assistants (2023)

Required Start date: 1-07-2023

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.

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This announcement broadcasts an UN Volunteer vacancy with the Media and Public Positioning Section. Located in the External Outreach Partnership Service (EOPS), which was established in 2013 and works to create synergies between the different external relations services, the Media and Public Positioning Section focuses on engaging with the media and promoting the messaging of the High Commissioner and the Office through speeches, news releases, press-briefings and other media products and activities. In addition, in aim of maximizing the impact of the work of the Section, thematic media officers are also dedicated involved in publicizing the work of the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, under the overall guidance of the Chief of Section/Spokesperson, the UN Volunteer reports to the Public Information Officer in the assigned work unit. This assignment may be offered for a period of three (6) months – from July to December 2023.


Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Required experience

0 years of experience in Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded. Required Degree Level: Secondary Education Additional Comments: Currently studying towards a degree in law, communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, political science, social sciences or a related field. Language Skills: Fluency in English. Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of another Unit-ed Nations official language would be an advantage (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Secondary education

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.

• Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations

UN Volunteer entitlements and allowances:

  • The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to UN Volunteers is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs.
  • The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service. Contingent on specific eligibility criteria, location of the volunteer assignment and contractual type and category, the payment of allowances will begin from the date of Commencement of Service For more information on entitlements please read the Condition of Service (
  • For information specific to your assignment please see below: Monthly Living Allowance (Per month): USD 1890.45 Entry lump sum (one-time payment): USD 4000 Exit allowance (for each month served, paid on completion of contract): $225 Medical and life insurance: Cigna Private Insurance

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