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  • Internship at FIDH’s Delegation to the UN in Geneva

    Closing date for the application: 17 August 2018

    Starting date: September 2018

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

    Duration: 3 to 6 months

    Description of the vacancy:

    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 and Delegate to the UN, 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 duties.


    Enrolled in or holder of a master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Law, or Human Rights. Demonstrated interest in human rights issues. 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.


    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.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should submit their CV and a brief cover letter (in English) before 17 August 2018 to Ms. Manon Karatas, FIDH’s Delegate to the UN ( 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 2018, please consider that you have not been successful at this time.

  • Internship with the FIDH Permanent Delegation to the ICC in The Hague

    The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is a federation of non-governmental organisations whose objective is to take concrete actions for the respect of all human rights.

    In 2004 FIDH established a permanent delegation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), in The Hague, The Netherlands, whose main activities are
    - To support local NGOs and victims’ organisations in their understanding of and access to the mechanisms established by the Rome Statute, in particular by organising training sessions on victims’ rights and the ICC, as well as by facilitating dialogue between local organisations and representatives of the different organs of the Court;
    - To participate in conferences and meetings organized by or concerning the ICC, with the aim of promoting the development of a fair, efficient and independent institution respectful of all human rights, and in particular the rights of victims; and
    - To participate closely to the work and activities of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

    Intern Position: 6 months as of fall 2018, The Hague, Netherlands

    The intern will:
    - Participate in the activities of FIDH concerning the ICC (transmission of communications, meetings with ICC officials, attendance to hearings);
    - Help prepare for the ICC Assembly of States Parties, including the organisation of side events and drafting of position papers/reports;
    - Draft, edit and/or translate papers, summaries, press releases, notes and reports;
    - Participate in the daily management of the delegation; and
    - Assist in the preparation of meetings with other NGOs, in particular those within the framework of the Coalition for the ICC.

    Through the internship, the candidate will work in a diverse linguistic and cultural setting, gaining strategic advocacy and legal skills. The intern will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including diplomats, members of international organizations, the International Criminal Court and human rights activists from around the world.

    Requirements: Studies in International or Criminal Law, Political Sciences, International Relations or other similar background; demonstrated interest in human rights and/or international justice; exposure to international organisations and/or international courts, experience in research and analysis. Fluency in English with a good command of French; understanding of Spanish or additional languages an asset.

    Duration: 6 months.

    Conditions: This internship is unpaid, a stipend for travel to work and lunch expenses will be provided.

    Deadline: Applications will be received through 15 September 2018.

    Application Process
    Interested candidates should submit :
    1. Letter of interest (cover letter)
    2. CV/resumé
    3. Name and contact information of three professional or academic references.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Please send all application materials to:
    Amal Nassar
    International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
    Permanent Delegation to the International Criminal Court
    Laan Van Meerdervoort The Hague – The Netherlands
    email: anassar[at]

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