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Recruitment: UN Advocacy Internship (Summer 2017)

Date : 2017.04.28

IMADR is looking for a full-time intern for the period of three months starting on 17th July 2017.


The aim of our internship programme is to provide a human rights activist or student committed to working on human rights issues, in particular combating racism and racial discrimination, with an on-the-job training to familiarise themselves with the UN human rights mechanisms. Through the internship, s/he will be involved in the work of IMADR at the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and advocacy work on Sri Lanka and Japan at the Human Rights Council. The Geneva office is a small office with one full-time staff member, therefore the intern will have an opportunity to carry out responsible work.

Period:         17 July to Mid-October 2017 (dates negotiable)
Location:      Geneva, Switzerland
Role:            Assisting the Geneva office at the 93rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD, 31 July – 25 August) and the 36th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC, 11 – 29 September).


  1. Assisting human rights defenders in advocacy at the UN human rights system.
  2. Taking notes during the CERD and HRC sessions including meetings and side-events.
  3. Assisting in organising side-events at the HRC session.
  4. Preparing news items and advocacy tools, i.e. oral statements, and written submissions.
  5. Assisting in admin work/basic documentation.




  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in human rights, law, international relations or relevant areas.
  • Strong communications skills in English.
  • Good team-working and research skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook and internet).
  • Interest and knowledge of issues relating to racial discrimination, i.e. minority rights, indigenous rights, multiple discriminations, discrimination based on work and descent.


  • Knowledge of French or Spanish.
  • Knowledge of the UN human rights mechanisms, in particular the Human Rights Council, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and its monitoring body (CERD).
  • Experience of working in the NGO environment.


Financial and other forms of assistance:

IMADR is currently not in a position to remunerate this internship or apply for a visa. Although we do not provide any kind of accommodation coverage, our office can help her/him find lodging in Geneva upon request. Monthly transportation allowance within Geneva and lunch will be provided. S/he must be able to commit for a minimum of 35 hours per week for 3 months, be a Swiss/ EU national or hold a valid permit which allows staying and undertaking internship in Switzerland.

How to apply:

Applicants must submit their CV, a brief cover letter with a short English writing sample not edited by others to Taisuke Komatsu (Mr.), geneva[@] (remove “[]” when sending your application) . Please use “UN Advocacy Internship” in the subject line of your e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: Applications should be submitted via email by Monday 22nd May 2017. Interviews will take place between 25th and 30th May at the Geneva office or via Skype.

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