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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.


    Closing date for the application: 15 August 2017

    Starting date: Late September 2017

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

    Duration: 3 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) before 15 August 2017 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 by late August 2017, please consider that you have not been successful at this time.

  • 4 months internship at FIDH Middle East and North Africa (MENA) desk

    About FIDH :
    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights organisation based in France, whose mission is to promote respect for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH is composed of 184 national human rights associations located throughout the five continents.

    The intern will participate in the implementation of activities undertaken by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) desk of FIDH such as:

    · Contribute to the preparation of missions of investigation, including background research, draft letters of meeting requests and other logistical support;
    · Contribute to the preparation of events, including NGO meetings, conferences, advocacy events;
    · Contribute to the updating of the website and other communication tools;
    · Contribute to research for and drafting of position papers, advocacy documents, press releases, etc
    · Monitoring developments in human rights issues
    · Proofreading, editing, translating publications and internal documents;

    The intern will be associated in particular with the following projects:

    Advocacy and communication project on the Gulf countries
    Research project on Irak
    Other projects: support to the desk in research, communication and administrative tasks for ongoing projects.


    · Fluent in English and Arabic – French would be an appreciated asset.
    · Currently enrolled in a Masters Degree in Law / International Law/ Human Rights Law / International Relations.
    · Interest in human rights issues, knowledge of the political situation and of the human rights issues in the MENA region.

    Conditions: Full-time internship (35 hours per week) for 4 months.
    An internship agreement is required.
    The intern will get a stipend of € 3,75 per hour. FIDH will contribute to the transportation costs in the Paris area and tickets restaurant will be provided (up to 60% of working days)
    The Intern must have his-her own health and liability insurance.

    Please send your resume and cover letter in English) before 12 January 2018 by email to, under the reference “INTERNSHIP MENA DESK”.

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