Sebastien Coquoz - Associate Expert at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia

Sebastien Coquoz especially highlights the opportunity to do an internship as a valuable part of the programme.


Why did you choose this programme?

I chose this programme mainly because of its multidisciplinary nature, the expertise and reputation of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, the interesting list of compulsory and elective courses and the internship (which I had the chance to do in Indonesia and in a field of special interest to me, that is human rights training and education).

Did you find the programme interesting (and why/why not)?

I was very pleased with the programme. It had a good structure, interesting courses combining lectures and seminars, as well as individual and group work. The programme rightly emphasised on critical thinking and debates with resource persons and classmates that have deep knowledge and experience from different fields and countries.

What is your actual job?

I currently work at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, as an Associate Expert selected by the Swiss government. My main responsibilities and tasks include observation, research and analysis of the human rights and international humanitarian law situation in the State of Nariño, in the Southwest of Colombia.

How do you use the knowledge you gained in your study, in your current job?

The knowledge and skills I gained during my studies are very helpful in my work with the different counterparts, including state authorities, civil society and victims. I am thus able to draw on the content of human rights treaties and other relevant documents, analyse and report on serious human rights situations and take into account the specific legal, political and social context.

What tip would you like to share with other students regading career opportunities?

Regarding career opportunities I would recommend to use many and not just a few available tools so as to maximise one's chances (for instance career center at university, NCHR's staff, lecturers and classmates, job mailing lists on different websites, professional social networks), be curious and ask questions as to the different areas of interest, programmes, organisations and donor countries.
Published Nov. 2, 2013 1:58 PM - Last modified Jan. 5, 2014 9:58 PM