About UN Volunteering

United Nations (UN) Online Volunteers will support the OHCHR Regional Office for Southern Africa in fulfilling its mission:

  • To work for the protection of all human rights for all people.
  • To help empower people to realize their rights.
  • To assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

About the Task

The volunteer’s tasks would include the following:

  • Support trainings, consultations and other activities on country human rights issues.
  • Conduct research, analysis, data collection and prepare analytical briefs and updates.
  • Support engagement with human rights mechanisms by States, civil society organizations and national human rights institutions.
  • Support technical assistance to States, civil society and national human rights institutions on implementation of human rights recommendations.
  • Support engagement with UN country teams in the sub-region.
  • Support human rights early warning in the sub-region.
  • Support awareness raising about human rights and the work of the UN.
  • Drafting reports, communications, note-taking.
  • Perform other duties requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


The candidate must:

  • Be enrolled or have graduated with a Masters or equivalent degree OR
  • Have graduated from a first-level university degree (Bachelors or equivalent) in a field relevant to human rights (law, political science, social sciences, international relations, etc.).
  • Work Experience relevant to human rights and in Southern Africa is desirable.
  • Language: Excellent written and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of French, Portuguese or other languages from Southern Africa is an asset.

Number of Volunteers Needed



26 Weeks/ 20+ Hrs. per Week. 

How to Apply

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