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    Closing date for the application: 15 August 2017

    Starting date: Late September 2017

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

    Duration: 3 to six months

    FIDH(International Federation for Human Rights-Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme), is an NGO specialized in the promotion and protection of human rights. .

    FIDH’s mandate is to contribute to the respect of all the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH aims at obtaining effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of human rights violations and abuses, and the punishment of perpetrators. FIDH is a an organization which is composed of 184 human rights organizations from close to 120 countries. For more information:

    The FIDH’s Delegation in Geneva:

    - Represents FIDH before Geneva­-based international organizations and institutions, in particular the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and diplomatic missions to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC);

    - Organizes the participation of FIDH’s member and partner organizations in the work of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms (support and assistance with regard to the submission of “parallel” or “alternative” reports, lobbying and advocacy, communication, etc.): mainly the UN Human Rights Council (including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism), treaty monitoring bodies, and special procedures;

    - Prepares and implements the interventions of lobbying and advocacy of FIDH at the Human Rights Council, and defines advocacy strategies;
    - Feeds UN human rights protection bodies and mechanisms, in particular UN special procedures and OHCHR’s sections and branches, based on information from FIDH and its member and partner organizations and develops the strategic analysis of FIDH on institutional developments and advocacy opportunities;

    - Relays, and reports on, activities and events to FIDH’s International Secretariat.

    The intern will participate in the activities of the Delagation such as ::

    - organizing the participation of human rights defenders and representatives of FIDH’s member and partner organizations in UN human rights mechanisms (Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, treaty bodies, special procedures);drafting and circulating FIDH’s documents and communications to relevant UN bodies;

    - Attending, and reporting on, relevant UN meetings (HRC sessions, UPR reviews, treaty body reviews, other events and meetings) to brief FIDH’s Representative to the UN and FIDH’s UN Liaison Officer, and inform FIDH’s management and staff members, as relevant;

    - In close coordination with the supervisor, ensuring swift communication between the OHCHR and FIDH’s International Secretariat in Paris on all relevant topics; performing logistical and administrative and duties


    Enrolled in a university degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Law, or Human Rights. Knowledge of, and experience with, the UN human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council, is an advantage.

    English: high level of proficiency

    (Proficiency in French is an advantage)


    A stipend, Tickets Restaurant” and coverage of transportation costs in the Geneva area (monthly transportation card). Lunch and communication expenses while in session at the UN are entirely covered. Interns must have their own health and liability insurance.
    An internship agreement is required

    How to apply:

    Applicants should submit their CV and a brief cover letter (in English) before 15 August 2017 to Ms. Manon Karatas, FIDH’s Liaison Officer ( and Ms. Sonia Tancic, FIDH’s Representative to the UN in Geneva (, writing “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” as title of their email.

    We unfortunately are not in a position to respond to all applications. If you do not hear from us by late August 2017, please consider that you have not been successful at this time.

  • The FIDH Communication desk is looking for an Arab language consultant

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights organisation based in France, whose mission is to promote respect for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH is composed of 184 national human rights associations located throughout the five continents.

    Mission objective:
    To increase the visibility of FIDH and its member organisations, and their actions in the MENA region, and to implement the FIDH communication plan throughout the region.

    Job description :
    Implement media activities in Arabic
    - Draft, post on line, disseminate FIDH press releases in Arabic, and coordinate their translation ;
    - Organise media events in the MENA region;
    - Develop relations with Arab language journalists (based in MENA and internationally) and international journalists based in MENA, update the database of journalists;
    - Media watch over the situation of human rights in the region for the MENA desk.

    Develop digital communication tools in Arabic
    - Update the Arabic version of tFIDH website, and coordinate the translation of articles from/into Arabic, ;
    - Prepare FIDH Newsletters in Arabic and ensure their publicity;
    - Write and disseminate “Impacts” articles on the MENA region;
    - Provide feeds to the FIDH institutional Twitter account and Facebook page in Arabic and promote them;
    - Participate in designing and deploying FIDH communication campaigns in Arabic and ensure they are adapted to the cultural specificities of the MENA region.

    Implement communication activities about the MENA region
    - Develop communication tools that will facilitate interactions between FIDH and its member organisations in the region;
    - Enhance relations with the communications officers of FIDH member organisations in the region;
    - Coordinate the organisation of a seminar for senior communications officers of FIDH member organisations in the region;
    - Update the lists of the senior communications officers of member organisations in the region;
    -  Coordinate the production and recording of interviews and videos;
    - Edit translations in Arabic.

    - Fluency in Arabic and English, both written and orally. Fluency in French and/or another language would be an asset.
    - Minimum 3 years experience in communication in a country in the MENA region or with Arabic language media;
    - Good knowledge of the political situation and, if possible, of the human rights issues in the region.

    Personal assets:
    - Ability to work independently
    - Collaborative, team oriented
    - Project management
    - Creative
    - Able to respond quickly to breaking news

    - Website update: End of January 2018

    - Weekly:
    5 tweets and retweets
    1 Facebook post

    - Monthly:
    1 newsletter and/or translation of a Newsletter from another language
    1 to 2 press releases
    Coordination of the translation of 10 to 15 articles

    Terms and conditions :
    - The consultant shall sign a service provider contract with FIDH and promises, by signing a confidentiality clause, not to divulge his/her work with parties outside FIDH.

    Modalités :
    - This position will entail some travel to Paris and media hubs in the region.
    - International, multicultural working environment.

    Status: independent, free-lance
    Duration: one year starting in December 2017
    Honorarium: US $16,203 for the one year term

    Please send your application (cover letter + CV) before 30 November 2017 by email to under the reference: CONSULT-COMANMO-12-17

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