OXFORD UNIVERSITY LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS SOCIETY TRINITY 2012
UN Anti-Trafficking Project: Supporting the OHCHR and the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking In
Application Form: Researcher and Writer
Please answer the following questions honestly and, where appropriate, with reference to examples of
any previous relevant experience you have had. Work for this team will require considerable dedication,
time and effort, and deadlines will need to be met. Please only apply if you are entirely willing to
commit. For more information about the nature of the project, please contact
1. Basic information
Subject and level (e.g.
held (Include A levels if
you are an undergraduate
(Please indicate level of
2. What reason(s) do you have for applying for a position on this team?
3. Have you ever studied Human Rights Law, criminal justice responses to trafficking, or any other
subject(s) relevant to our project? If so, please describe the context in which you studied it and
any situations in which you have since applied what you learnt.
Questions 4, 5 and 6 relate to your previous experience in various areas. For each question, please
describe what you did, when you did it, and the nature of the time commitment. Include if possible the
name, position and email address or telephone number of a referee whom we might contact should you
be shortlisted. For example, “Research assistant for Company X. [Description of duties]. July 4-22 2011, 4
hours daily for 3 weeks. Contact Mr John Smith, Senior researcher, firstname.lastname@example.org”.
4. Do you have any previous experience of doing sustained research and/or writing formal reports?
5. Have you previously been involved with any legal, NGO or other work against human trafficking?
6. Do you have any other experience you believe to be relevant to this application?
Feel free to support your answers to Questions 7, 8 and 9 with examples from your experience.
7. Explain three skills you have which you would contribute to our team.
8. Describe an occasion on which you let a person or a team down and what you did about it.
9. It is late on Thursday night and you are due to submit a research paper to the OHCHR by 6.00
pm on Friday. You realise that you will not be able to obtain by 6.00 pm on Friday all the details
you need to complete this paper. What do you do? Explain your choice. (There is no ‘right’ or
‘wrong’ answer; we are more interested in your reasoning)
a. Complete the paper as far as you can without the missing details and submit it by the
deadline with no comment
b. Ask for a deadline extension so that you can submit the report, fully complete with all
the details you need and all the facts checked, on Monday
c. Complete the paper as far as you can without the missing details and submit it by the
deadline with note pointing out where the ‘holes’ are in the paper
d. Another solution (please say what you would do instead)
10. In our team we will have 6-8 people working on each paper for the OHCHR. In this situation,
explain whether you think it is better to give each team member equal responsibilities or to
introduce some hierarchy.
Please return the completed form to Temisan Boyo at email@example.com or at Mansfield
College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TF on or before Monday 14 May 2012. Shortlisted candidates will
be notified and interviewed by current members of the UN Anti-Trafficking Panel in 4th week.