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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position

    Preferred start date: 9th of January 2017

    Duration: 6 months

    Location: FIDH Brussels Office, Brussels, Belgium

    Conditions: the internships 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.


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

    -  Assisting the programme officer 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 and regional level to help identify crisis situation and advocacy opportunities. Monitoring the EU, CoE and UN agendas.
    -  Assisting the programme officer 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
    -  Helping organise and run meetings, events and press conferences
    -  Providing organisational and administrative assistance, including updating databases and information on FIDH website, distributing documents, etc.

    Candidate profile:

    -  Excellent understanding and interest in human rights issues, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, anti-discrimination and equality and migration and asylum issues. An expertise in economic, social and cultural rights would be particularly welcome.
    -  Excellent 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 the 25th of November 2016.

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

  • 6 month internship at the FIDH Delegation to the EU from February 2017

    Applicants must be able to provide an internship agreement from their University covering the entire duration of the internship.
    Please note that our internships are unpaid but local transport is fully reimbursed and there is a small daily allowance for lunch.

    Job description:
    The intern will work closely with the EU Representative for the Brussels delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights.

    The main tasks include:
    - Assisting with research and writing on human rights advocacy issues;
    - Helping to set up a comprehensive agenda of advocacy meetings with relevant parties for visiting human rights defenders from our member leagues;
    - Taking part in meetings and taking minutes;
    - Helping in the organization of events and press conferences when necessary;
    - Following proceedings at the European institutions;
    - Assisting with updating the database and other tasks when necessary.

    Your profile:
    - Excellent knowledge of the European institutions and human rights issues
    - An excellent command of French and English, knowledge of other languages preferred
    - The ability to write clearly and succinctly
    - A desire to work in a challenging and fulfilling environment
    - Ability to work well in a small team

    To apply:
    Please send your application letter and CV by email to
    Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Successful candidates will be notified shortly after the interview.
    Interviews will be held in our offices in Brussels.

  • FIDH is seeking a Director for its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Desk (Reference : RESP-ANMO-11-16)

    FIDH (International Federation of Human Rights) is a non-governmental organisation based in Paris whose mission is to promote respect for the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH is a federation of 184 national associations dedicated to the defense of human rights on the five continents.

    The Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Desk reports to the FIDH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief of Operations Officer (COO).

    S/he will be responsible for working with stakeholders to develop the FIDH strategic action plan in that region, for coordinating and implementing the activities, preparing the report, carrying out the evaluation, and leading the MENA desk team.

    Terms of Employment:

    Long term contract (CDI) under French labour law, based at the FIDH head office in Paris
    Starting as soon as possible

    Gross annual income: from 38 300 Euros (13 months), based on experience. Someone with a different level of experience and qualifications may be considered.

    Deadline for submitting applications: March 31, 2017


    Develop the Desk’s strategic plan in collaboration with the CEO, the COO, and board members

    Develop the FIDH multi-year plan for the region

    Prepare the year’s action plan and suggest possible contingencies

    Develop programmes of specific actions for donors and ensure their implementation

    Develop the Desk’s communication strategy in collaboration with the Media, Web, and Communication Desks

    Develop and nurture collaborative relationships with internal and external actors

    Liaise with, and develop, relationships with FIDH member and partner organisations

    Foster relationships with members of the International Board, the Executive Board, and the chargés de mission involved with the activities of the MENA Desk activities

    Foster relationships with the other desks (thematic, regional, and intergovernmental organisation (IGO) representations), as well as the communication, media and IT Desks of the International Secretariat.

    Implement the Desk’s action plan

    Supervise and implement:
    f-act-finding missions, judicial observations, solidarity and national advocacy missions, and workshops
    -activities related to denouncements and alerts
    -advocacy activities (prepare advocacy position papers, referrals to international bodies for the protection of human rights, and organizations for advocacy missions) in partnership with IGO leadership and delegations
    -the production/translation/dissemination of FIDH’s external publications
    -the MENA Desk’s communication activities

    Coordinate the Desk’s team accompaniment of human rights defenders and partners on the ground

    Ensure that the activities conducted by the Desk, as well as their outcomes, are made known internally as well as externally

    Ensure that donors, States, media and other NGOs are made aware of the role of FIDH

    Allocate and monitor the budgets of the Desk’s programmes

    Ensure reporting and evaluation of Desk activities

    Ensure that information on activities and their progress is easily accessible to the CEO and COO

    Oversee and finalise evaluation reports

    Evaluate Desk activities and ensure that they are properly executed in collaboration with the COO

    Prepare descriptive reports to send to donors

    Prepare and submit the Desk’s activity report for inclusion in the FIDH Annual Report

    Provide leadership to the Desk’s team

    Develop and train the Desk team

    Supervise, organise, and evaluate work performance;

    Ensure the supervision of interns

    Ensure logistic and administrative management of activities


    - At least 6 years of professional experience in a similar position, and in this region
    - In-depth knowledge of the Middle-East and North Africa region, and its political and human rights issues
    - Master 2 type degree in law, international relations or human rights
    - Fluency in Arabic, English and French
    - Ability to work as a team member, and independently
    - Strong alignment with FIDH objectives and motivation to work in the non-profit sector
    - Excellent interpersonal and representational skills
    - Unquestionable ability to think analytically and prepare briefing papers

    Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, and two work-related references) via e-mail, quoting job reference number RESP-ANMO-11-16 on the subject line of your email to:

  • FIDH is recruiting an FIDH Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva (reference: REP-GEN-11-16)

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland (office of the FIDH Delegation to the UN)

    Contract and conditions: Long term contract under Swiss law, full-time.
    Gross annual salary from 73 000 FCH for a full year of work
    Monthly contribution to the financing of a health insurance plan up to 500 FCH
    Contribution to the payment of meals and transport in Geneva

    Start date: as soon as possible

    Application deadline: January 1st 2017

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote respect for the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH is a federation of 184 organisations dedicated to the defense of human rights on the five continents.

    The FIDH Representative to the United Nations in Geneva works under the responsibility of FIDH’s CEO and under the supervision of the Director for international advocacy. She-he is in charge of:

    - Contributing to FIDH strategic planning with the mobilisation of the UN
    - Advancing and undertaking FIDH’s advocacy work at the United Nations in Geneva, including the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and its mechanisms and procedures, treaty monitoring bodies, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);
    - Organising the participation of FIDH member or partner organisations in UN Geneva-based human rights mechanisms (identification of advocacy opportunities, help in the preparation of alternative reports, media and communications, etc.), and providing them with training on UN human rights mechanisms and advocacy;
    - Generating advocacy materials (reports, open letters, briefing notes, position papers, etc.);
    - Liaising between FIDH, its member and partner organisations, and UN human rights mechanisms, as well as Geneva-based diplomats and OHCHR officials;
    - Representing FIDH in UN meetings, and preparing and implementing the interventions, statements, and advocacy actions of FIDH at the UN Human Rights Council;
    - Engaging with the media and developing FIDH’s communication in relation to UN advocacy;
    - Drafting the activity reports including reporting to donors, monitoring/evaluating activities;
    - Supervising the delegation team and ensuring the daily management of the office.

    Minimum requirement of a post-graduate degree in law, political science or international relations and an excellent knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms and international human rights laws and standards;
    Minimum of 6 years professional experience, previous experience of at least 2 years in a similar advocacy position;
    Ability to represent, negotiate with and accompany the representatives of FIDH member and partner organisations; good public speaking skills;
    Fluency in French and English, excellent writing skills in these languages, knowledge of an additional UN language is an asset;
    Good sense of initiative and reaction, project management skills, ability to work as part of a team and to deal with urgent cases.

    Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, and two work-related references) via e-mail by January 1st 2017, quoting job reference number REP-GEN-11-16 on the subject line of your email to:

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