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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position or volunteer

    Preferred start date: 15 January 2018 (negotiable)

    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 14 January 2018.

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


    Needs: on a regular basis

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

    Duration: three 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) 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, please consider that you have not been successful at this time.

  • FIDH is seeking a Head of its “Eastern Europe and Central Asia” desk with an excellent knowledge of Russian Reference: RESP-EEAC-03-18

    Deadline for submitting applications: April 15, 2018

    Job Objective:

    Contribute to the implementation of activities for the “Eastern Europe and Central Asia “Desk under the supervision of the Executive Director and the Director of Operations.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Participate in the development of the strategy of the Desk:

    Develop the FIDH multi-year plan for the region; prepare yearly activity plans and possible contingencies
    Develop programs for donors and ensure their implementation

    • Facilitate and strengthen the relationship between internal and external actors Liaise with, develop, foster relationships with member and partner organisations, with members of the International Board, the Executive Board, and when needed with FIDH mission officials involved in the President’s and EEAC Desk’s activities
    • Implement the Desk’s action plan, supervise and implement:

    • Daily monitoring of human rights developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Documentation and cross-checking of human rights violations in the region
    • Drafting/translation/dissemination of external FIDH publications, as well as internal documents related to activities of the Desk
    • Awareness-rising and alert activities on documented violations
    • Missions (fact-finding, legal observation, national solidarity and advocacy)
    • Strategic and capacity-building workshops and meetings
    • Advocacy activities targeting international human rights protection mechanisms in collaboration with FIDH delegations concerned (set up, conduct and record keeping)
    • Representation of FIDH before donors, governments, media and NGOs
    • Development of internal and external visibility of Desk activities and their results
    • Communication actions specific to the Desk activities
    • Coordination of support provided to human rights defenders in the region
    • Oversee and control of budgets of the Desk

    Ensure internal and external reporting and contribute to the evaluation of Desk activities

    • Management

    Build the Desk team. Organize and monitor its activities, including within internal evaluation process
    Ensure organisation and activities within Desk internships
    Ensure logistical and administrative management of activities


    • Advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or related studies
    • At least 6 years of working experience in the field of Human Rights and/or a related field
    • Deep knowledge of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Excellent writing and oral skills and representation capacities
    • bilingual Russian / English, with good basics in French .
    • Good knowledge of multimedia communication strategies and tools (web, social media...) is a plus.

    Personal Attributes:
    • Highly motivated to protect human rights and to work in this region
    • Aptitude to follow and analyse international current events
    • Ability to document and investigate human rights abuses
    • Ability to identify or build strategies to research and advocate in a sensitive environment
    • Experience in working with international human rights law
    • Strong initiative and capacity to work creatively
    • Management and organization skills and ability to work as a team member
    • Ability to accommodate travels abroad


    Long term contract, full time
    Start of Contract: May 7, 2018
    Work week: 35 hours
    Location: FIDH headquarters in Paris
    Remuneration: From EUR 3200 gross per month (over 13 months), based on experience.
    FIDH will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required.

    Please email your CV, along with a letter indicating why you are interested in this position and the job reference number (RESP-EEAC-03-18) to:

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