Western Europe Desk - Internship/volunteer position


Western Europe Desk - Internship position or volunteer

Preferred start date: homeworking from July or at the office from September

Duration: 6 months from start date, homeworking included.

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 Elena Crespi ecrespi@fidh.org

Applications will be examined on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which will be held by telephone or by online conferencing.

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