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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship/volunteer position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position or volunteer

    Preferred start date: no later than 15 March 2020

    Duration: 6 months

    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 Western Europe Desk at FIDH and assist in running the desk. This includes the following tasks:
    - Assisting 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 in organising fact-finding and advocacy missions to target countries (depending on work plan)
    - Assisting in maintaining and strengthening relations with FIDH’s member organisations in the region and in liaising with partner organisations and target institutions
    - Supporting in organising and running 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 a 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 Josh Ratliff (

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which will be held in our Brussels Office. Telephone or video interviews may also be arranged.

  • VOLUNTEERING AT FIDH (in French) : Human Resources volunteer in Paris - 1 year max.


    La FIDH (Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits Humains) est une ONG internationale de défense des droits humains. Depuis 1922, nous sommes engagés dans la défense de tous les droits civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels tels que définis dans la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme.

    Nous fédérons 184 associations nationales de défense des droits humains actives dans 112 pays. Pour nous, la transformation des sociétés est d’abord du ressort des acteurs locaux. Nos activités visent à renforcer leur capacité d’action et leur influence. 

    Le Secrétariat International de la FIDH est une organisation à taille humaine (45 salariés à Paris et plusieurs bureaux à l’étranger) composée d’une équipe internationale engagée. Nos locaux sont situés dans un quartier vivant et central de Paris (proche de Bastille et Gare de Lyon).

    Dans un contexte de financement restreint, la FIDH souhaite identifier les mécanismes alternatifs à l’emploi permettant de développer sa capacité de travail . Il pourra s’agir par exemple de développer le mécénat d’entreprise, le bénévolat, les dispositifs de volontariat (service civique français, européen, VSI,...) ou de partenariat universitaire.

    Nous avons identifié les besoins de renforcement suivants :

    - support par des personnes qualifiées dans les services supports : Finance, RH, IT, archivage et capitalisation, communication, ...

    - support par des personnes qualifiées en droits humains (Justice Internationale, Droit des Femmes, Droits des Migrants, Entreprise et Mondialisation, Protection des Défenseurs, ...) et/ou Relations Internationales (analyse de contexte, diplomatie, plaidoyer, ...).

    - support sur des tâches de secrétariat et administrative

    - support pour la mise en place de formations en langues aux équipes et la mise en place de Coaching individuel ou d’équipe (dont le management)

    Le bénévole aura pour mission de :

    1) Identifier et clarifier les besoins en renforcement des Directions et Bureaux en établissant une liste des besoins (tâches, activités et projets) et en définisant les qualifications et le volume de travail nécessaire.

    2) Identifier les dispositifs d’appui possibles, notamment les différents volontariats et les mécénats d’entreprises.

    3) Développer une analyse globale des besoins et proposer des dispositifs adaptés en distinguant les besoins permanents des besoins temporaires et en optimisant via des mutualisations inter-service.
    Bien prioriser les besoins en lien avec le CODIR et le planning de mise en place.

    4) Mettre en place des dispositifs en accompagnant les managers à l’ :
    - Appui à la recherche et l’obtention de mécénat d’entreprise en lien avec le département Fundraising.
    - Appui à l’obtention des agréments sur les volontariats en lien avec la Responsable RH
    - Appui au recrutement des bénévoles

    Le/la bénévole sera placé.e sous la responsabilité du Directeur RH. Nous cherchons un profil ayant de l’expérience en Ressources Humaines ou en Administration notamment sur des volets organisationnels avec des qualités d’analyse, d’organisation et d’adaptation (au contexte associatif : équipes jeunes, qualifiées et engagées).

    La durée de la mission est d’un an minimum, avec la possibilité de renouveler. Le temps alloué serait d’environ 2 jours par semaine avec une flexibilité sur les horaires, les jours de mission et la possibilité de break pendant les vacances. Une partie du travail peut être effectué depuis chez soi.

  • Project Officer - Human Rights and Sustainable Investment

    Founded in 1922, the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is the oldest international human rights organisation. We are a federation of 192 member organisations, present in more than 100 countries on 5 continents. We defend the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through research and documentation, campaigns and strategic litigation.

    FIDH’s international secretariat comprises 60 full-time employees (45 in Paris and 15 others in several countries abroad).

    One of FIDH’s priorities for action concerns the respect of human rights in the economic activities of companies and States. In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives set under this programmatic priority, FIDH is recruiting a new person in the "Human Rights and Globalisation" office.
    Since 2001, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM) have been working in partnership on a Socially Responsible Investment Fund for Human Rights entitled SRI Human Rights (formerly Fonds Libertés Solidarité), a revolutionary example of cooperation between an NGO and an investor on improving respect for human rights by companies and States. The fund is made up of 70% government bonds and 30% equities. All the bonds and equities that are part of the Fund are selected by LBPAM on the basis of an evaluation conducted by FIDH concerning the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the States and companies that issue them. FIDH has developed a dedicated methodology to undertake these assessments, covering human rights, including (but not limited to): labour rights, the right to health and life, freedom of assembly, gender equality and women’s rights, non-discrimination, social and economic rights and freedom of expression, and the right to information.

    Objectives of the position
    The main objective of the project officer is to strengthen FIDH’s work in assessing the human rights performance of companies and investors, with a specific focus on the issue of modern slavery.

    Sub-objectives :
    A. The development of FIDH’s analysis methodology on modern slavery and the subsequent expansion of the analysis of companies in the SRI Human Rights Fund portfolio in collaboration with La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM).
    B. Developing engagement with the companies analyzed and other responsible investors

    Main tasks
    Revision of the selection criteria of the SRI Human Rights Fund with a special focus on modern slavery

    • Taking into account the contributions of FIDH member organisations in the updating of the methodology
    • Drafting of documents related to the methodology for external use.

      Analysis of sectors and approach of engagement with companies;
    • Analysis of the issues specific to each sector and in particular the issues related to modern slavery.
    • Taking into account information from FIDH member organisations in the analysis
    • Engagement process with selected companies within each sector

    Preparation for and participation in working meetings with LBPAM

    Liaison with other responsible investors in Europe and abroad

    Animation of the Ethics Committee

    • Preparation and follow-up of meetings (agenda, preparatory documents, minutes, logistics).
    • Periodic consultation of Committee members

    Monitoring the companies in the portfolio and in the investment universe

    • Review of companies in the investment universe that have been the subject of controversy and contact them where appropriate.
    • Coordinate the publication and release of the Report on the Ethical and Responsible Performance of Government Investments in September 2020.

    Participation in the activities of FIDH’s human rights and globalisation office concerning companies and investors

    • Collaboration with the human rights and globalisation office team in activities with investors and companies, for example those related to dialogue and/or advocacy
    • Connection with other organisations working on non-financial analysis of companies (exchange of information, participation in meetings and events, joint actions) in collaboration with the team of the human rights and globalisation office

    Profile :
    - Master’s degree in Law or in Political or Economic Sciences
    - Minimum 2 years of work experience in the business and human rights environment.
    - Experience in responsible investment is a strong advantage
    - Good command of oral and written French
    - Excellent knowledge of oral and written English

    Wages and Conditions
    - Contract: full-time fixed-term contract, 12 months
    - Contract starting date: from 2 May 2020
    - Gross annual remuneration (13 months): between 31 000€ and 33 000€.
    - 25 days of paid holidays + 24 days of RTT per year (35-hour regime)
    - Working from home possible 1 day a week
    - Location: FIDH headquarters in Paris

    you interested in applying ?
    Send your CV and a Letter of Motivation before April 15, 2020, specifying the reference of the position (CP-MOND-2020) to the following address:
    Interviews will be held as applications are received.

    FIDH is committed to diversity and equality by not discriminating in its hiring practices. We encourage people with disabilities to apply.

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