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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position or volunteer

    Preferred start date: 4 September 2017

    Duration: 6 months (negotiable)

    Location: FIDH Brussels Office, Brussels, Belgium

    Conditions: the internships are within the framework of a University course and 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. If this is not possible, we can arrange a ’volunteer’ agreement.


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

    - Assisting the head of desk 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, regional and international level to help identify crisis situation and advocacy opportunities. Monitoring the European Union (EU), Council of Europe (CoE) and United Nations (UN) agendas.
    - Assisting the head of desk 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
    - Help organise and run meetings and events
    - Providing organisational and administrative assistance, including updating databases and information on FIDH’s website, distributing documents, etc.

    Candidate profile:

    - Excellent understanding and interest in human rights issues, particularly rule of law, economic, social and cultural rights, anti-discrimination and equality and migration and asylum issues;
    - Good 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 the attention of Ms Elena Crespi via by 20 July.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews which will be held in our offices in Brussels in between 25 July and 4 August. Telephone or skype interviews may also be arranged.

  • FIDH is hiring its Representative to the International Criminal Court Reference : R-LH-07-17

    Position : Long term contract, full time
    Location : The Hague, Stichting FIDH’s office
    Deadline for application : 9 September 2017
    Starting date : October 2017

    The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) composed of 184 national human rights organisations from close to 120 countries. Since 1922, FIDH has been defending all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    One of FIDH priorities is to promote the administration of justice and to fight impunity of perpetrators of serious human rights violations, including crimes of international law.

    FIDH’s headquarters are in Paris. Stichting FIDH in The Hague is FIDH’s permanent delegation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    Under the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer and under the supervision of the Director of the International Justice Desk and the Director of the Operations Department, you will be responsible of the following tasks :


    A - Contribution to the elaboration of the International Justice Desk strategy, in coordination with the Director of the International Justice Desk, the Director of Operations Department, the Executive Directorate and the concerned International Board representatives:
    Participate in the drafting of the FIDH multi-year strategic plan concerning the International Criminal Court;
    Contribute to the annual programming of activities on the ICC and international justice and their implementation;
    Contribute to the drafting of specific action plans and programmes for donors and follow closely their implementation concerning the ICC;
    Contribute to the communication strategy of the International Justice Desk in coordination with the Media, Web and Communication Desks.

    B - Implementation of the International Justice Desk’s activities on the International Criminal Court:

    1) Supervise, implement / participate in:
    Investigative, training, or advocacy missions as well as seminars on the ICC and international justice;
    Advocacy and training activities in The Hague (« interface »), in support of national NGOs and victims’ organisations, on the ICC;
    Drafting and reviewing communications to submit to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor;
    Drafting FIDH position papers and leading advocacy activities towards the ICC and States Parties;
    Coordination and close participation in the work and activities of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and other NGO fora;
    Elaboration, translation and dissemination of FIDH external publications (i.e. mission reports, position papers, activities reports) and internal documents concerning the International Justice Desk activities;
    Increasing the visibility of the Desk’s activities and results.

    2) Ensure FIDH representation with donors, States representatives, media and other NGOs. Develop partnerships with these spokespersons.

    3) Elaborate and follow-up on the budget of the ICC related programmes of the International Justice Desk.

    C – Reporting and evaluation of the International Justice Desk activities
    Participate in the reporting and evaluation of the International Justice Desk’s activities;
    Elaborate narrative reports for donors;
    Participate in the drafting of the FIDH annual report concerning international justice and in particular the ICC.

    D – Implement logistical and administrative tasks linked to the activities of FIDH The Hague Permanent Representatione
    Ensure the implementation of logistics linked to the activities in The Hague;
    Implement day-to-day administrative tasks of the FIDH The Hague office
    Supervise a team composed of an assistant, and intern.


    At least 6 years of professional experience in a similar position.
    Master’s Degree in Law, with specialisation in international criminal or human rights or humanitarian law.
    Experience working on issues related to victims’ rights at the ICC and sexual and gender-based violence.
    Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of French and/or Spanish is required.
    Very good knowledge of the International Criminal Court.
    Skilled at prioritising and completing multiple tasks with autonomy.
    Ability to travel internationally.
    Ability to interact with NGOs, government officials and intergovernmental organisations from around the world with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
    Experience working closely with NGOs and victims’ organisations around the world would be an asset.


    Location : The Hague, The Netherlands
    Contract : Long term contract, governed by Dutch law, with a two months trial period
    Full time position
    Gross salary: from 3800 EUR per month (12 months), based on experience. Recruitment at a lower level based on a modified position profile may be considered.
    Participation in the financing of the health insurance

    In order to apply for this position, please send, in English, by 9 September 2017
    A curriculum vitae;
    A cover letter describing why you are interested in FIDH and summarising your suitability for the position, indicating the job reference number;
    Names and contact details of three referees.

    by e-mail to:

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