Overview of actors

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR serves as the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council. It is responsible for strengthening human rights globally and addressing human rights violations.

We provide assistance to Governments so they can implement the international human rights standards they've committed to. This assistance includes expertise and technical trainings in the areas of administration of justice, legislative reform, and electoral processes.
We support the establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and collaborate with them to implement their mandates to promote and protect human rights.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

How we work

As the lead United Nations entity mandated to promote and protect human rights for all, we work with and assist Governments in fulfilling their human rights obligations. We provide a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges. OHCHR acts as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities.

... and why

The mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is 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.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Human Rights, Law and Governance

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no
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Type of organisation

UN organisation

Field(s) of activity

Peace Promotion and Human Security


Geneva, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
North America
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa
Western and Central Europe

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

Outside Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

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