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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Preferred start date: as soon as possible

    Duration: 6 months

    Location: FIDH Brussels Office, Brussels, Belgium

    Conditions: the internships are unpaid but local transport is fully reimbursed and a small daily allowance for lunch is provided.

    Important: All interns must be able to provide a ‘convention de stage’, ie a written agreement signed by their university proving that they are doing this as part of their studies.


    The intern will work closely with the person responsible for the Western Europe Programme at FIDH and assist her in running the programme. This includes the following tasks:

    -  Assisting the programme officer with research and analysis in human rights related issues and in devising and implementing advocacy strategies to influence the political agenda (at both the national and regional level) in line with FIDH’s mission and vision
    -  Drafting thematic notes, syntheses and memoranda for internal use, and assist in writing advocacy letters, press releases and position papers
    -  Attending and occasionally representing FIDH at advocacy meetings, conferences and seminars
    -  Monitoring developments in policies, legislation and practices at both the national and regional level to help identify crisis situation and advocacy opportunities. Monitoring the EU, CoE and UN agendas.
    -  Assisting the programme officer in organising fact-finding and advocacy missions to target countries (depending on work plan)
    -  Assisting the programme officer in maintaining and strengthening relations with FIDH’s member organisations in the region and in liaising with partner organisations and target institutions
    -  Helping organise and run meetings, events and press conferences
    -  Providing organisational and administrative assistance, including updating databases and information on FIDH website, distributing documents, etc.

    Candidate profile:

    -  Excellent understanding and interest in human rights issues, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, anti-discrimination and equality and migration and asylum issues. An expertise in economic, social and cultural rights would be particularly welcome.
    -  Excellent knowledge (academic and/or practical) of EU, CoE and UN systems and standards.
    -  Good knowledge and background in international law, international human rights law and/or EU law (proved by a 1st or 2nd degree in law, international relations, political sciences, etc.)
    -  Excellent command of English (both oral and written) and at least an intermediate level of French (oral and written). Other languages (especially other European languages) would be an asset.
    -  Good research, analytical and drafting skills
    -  Good communication skills (oral and written)
    -  Ability to work collaboratively in a small team
    -  Commitment to human rights and desire to work in an international, challenging and fulfilling environment

    To apply:

    Please send your CV and motivation letter by email to Catherine Absalom ( by the 6th of March 2016.

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews which will be held in our offices in Brussels. Telephone or skype interviews may also be arranged.

  • FIDH calls for applications for the position of Director, Globalisation and Human Rights Desk (Reference : RESMOND-03-16)

    Deadline for submission of applications : 16 March 2016

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international non-governmental organisation based in Paris whose mission is to promote respect for the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH is a federation of 178 national human rights organisations from close to 120 countries.

    Strengthening respect for human rights in the context of economic globalisation is one of FIDH’s priorities, including the full recognition and justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights. FIDH works with its member organisations throughout the world to ensure corporate accountability and improve victims’ access to justice through documentation, advocacy and litigation.

    Role and responsibilities:
    Under the responsibility of the General Directorate, and under the direct supervision of the Director of Operations, the Director of the Globalisation and Human Rights Desk will be responsible for :

    Developing FIDH’s strategic plan in the area of economic, social and cultural rights, with a particular focus on business and human rights, and the annual programming of the Globalisation desk

    Fostering and strengthening contacts with internal and external actors (member organisations, Board members, NGO coalitions, intergovernmental organisations,...)

    Supervising and implementing the Globalisation and Human Rights Desk’s activities, including through :
    - Conducting international fact-finding missions or participating in community-based human rights impact assessments
    - Providing technical support and strategic advice to FIDH geographic teams and member organisations
    - Producing, proofreading and disseminating publications such as reports, position papers, and press releases 
    - Providing input into the Desk’s communication strategy;
    - Developing and monitoring the Desk’s programme budgets

    Representing FIDH before intergovernmental organisations, the media, State officials, companies, NGOs, and any other relevant stakeholders;

    Assisting in fundraising activities (grant writing, reporting, outreach), together with FIDH’s fundraising department ;

    Supervising the work of the Globalisation and Human Rights team and contributing to the logistical and administrative management of the Desk

    Qualifications & skills:
    - At least 6 years of professional experience in a similar position, as well as experience in the field of business and human rights ;
    - Master’s degree or equivalent in law, international relations, political science, economics or other relevant field of study ;
    - Strong knowledge of international human rights law, and in particular of economic, social and cultural rights, and the responsibilities of non-state actors;
    - Very good knowledge of the human rights impact of economic globalisation, debates and challenges around the responsibilities of economic actors, and issues and actors in the field of socially responsible investment ;
    - Fluency in English, French and Spanish. Excellent writing skills in English and either Spanish or French ;
    - Field experience would be valuable ;
    - Willingness to travel regionally and internationally.

    Terms and conditions of employment:
    - Terms and conditions of employment under French labour law will apply;
    - 35 work hours per week;
    - Contract : Full time
    - Start date : As soon as possible
    - Location : FIDH International Secretariat in Paris
    - Gross monthly salary starting from 3000 euros (13 months). Recruitment at a different level of experience with a different position profile may be considered.
    - Support for obtaining work permit in France will be provided if needed.

    To apply:
    Please submit your application by 16 March 2016, indicating the job reference number ( RESMOND-03-16 ) in the subject of your email to:

    Applications should include:
    Cover letter including a synopsis of what you deem to be the main challenges to ensuring corporate accountability with regards to human rights (1-2 pages max)
    Three references (please provide full name, position, email, and phone number).

  • Internship Opportunity with FIDH Asia Desk

    Our work:
    In partnership with our member organizations in 18 countries across Asia, the FIDH Asia Desk works to promote and protect human rights across the region.

    Our activities include:
    - Developing advocacy strategies on thematic issues relevant in the region, including the protection of human rights defenders, human rights in the context of business and economic development, and the death penalty
    - Conducting fact-finding and advocacy missions to countries in the region
    - Preparing and publishing reports on relevant human rights issues
    - Organising advocacy visits to New York, Geneva, and Brussels with representatives from our member organisations to meet with UN, EU, and government officials
    - Responding to urgent human rights violations through public and private advocacy efforts

    Intern’s responsibilities may include:
    - Following news developments in the region, as well as tracking and analyzing relevant decisions and statements by the UN, EU, and governments on human rights issues in the region
    - Drafting press releases, position notes, and report chapters
    - Researching human rights issues and compiling/analysing data on human rights violations
    - Participating in meetings with human rights defenders and partners
    - Helping plan and organise advocacy visits and missions

    Candidate Requirements:
    - Good working knowledge of current affairs and international human rights norms
    - Familiarity with UN or EU bodies, and international human rights law preferred
    - Fluency in English is necessary. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who can also speak French and/or an official language spoken in the Asia region (notably Chinese, Korean, Urdu, Bangla, Persian, Dari, Hindi, Japanese, or Tamil)
    - Availability to work 35 hours per week from June 1 to October 31, 2016
    - Currently registered at a recognised academic institution that can provide a “convention de stage”.

    How to apply:
    Please send:
    - A cover letter,
    - A copy of your resume/CV, and
    - One or two short writing samples in English (1 to 5 pages maximum), preferably a non-academic piece, such as a policy memo, an op-ed/article, or press release

    via email with the subject line: ‘FIDH-Asia Internship Candidate 2016’, to Ms. Michelle Kissenkoetter (Director of FIDH Asia Desk, Paris) at by May 23, 2016.

    Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

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