UN advocacy (UNA) Internship

UN advocacy (UNA) Internship

CHF 900 - CHF 900 / mois
Echéance : 10/06/2023

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) works to promote and protect human rights through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond. FORUM-ASIA is a network of 85 members in 23 countries across Asia.

FORUM-ASIA’s UN Advocacy Programme aims to increase the impact and effectiveness of advocacy actions by Asian NGOs and defenders in the use of UN human rights mechanisms, in order to make Asian States more accountable to their human rights obligations.

General Tasks and Activities of Internship:

·         Monitor developments at the international human rights bodies;

·         Research particular topics and/or conduct mapping of issues related to international affairs and human rights;

·         Assist in programme work/ basic documentation/compilation/administrative work and;

·         Assist in organising or preparing for campaigns or events.

Specific Tasks under the UNA Programme:

·         Monitor and document developments relating to human rights situations and issues at the UN Human Rights Council;

·         Assist in the drafting of interventions, policy briefs and other advocacy material;

·         Assist in organising activities and events during the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council;

·         Any other tasks according to personal capacity and programme needs.


Key Expected Documentary Outputs:

·         Draft articles/notes and text for FORUM-ASIA's bulletin on UN Human Rights Council;

·         Draft compilation data input into FORUM-ASIA's research initiatives and other activities;

·         Documentation relating to FORUM-ASIA's activities and thematic priorities relating to the UN Human Rights Council and other mechanisms.

Qualifications and requirements
·         Masteral students with Swiss residency permits or EU nationals those in between Bachelor’s degree or advanced Masteral studies in international law, political/social sciences or relevant

field; The internship contract must be a three-way agreement between the intern, the employer and a third party (e.g. a university or job centre).

·         Some practical knowledge about international human rights standards, mechanisms and practices;

·         Strong interest in human rights issues in the Asian region;

·         Some experience in organising or planning meetings/conferences or campaigning;

·         Good drafting and research skills;

·         Excellent level of written and spoken English;

·         Proficiency with computers;

·         Ability to multi-task, solve problems, and work in a multicultural team and;

·         Ability to work under pressure and meet team deadlines.

Application Procedures
Interested applicants must submit the following:

·         A copy of your completed Internship Application Form;

·         A resume and cover letter (both in .pdf files) explaining why you are interested in the position.


Complete applications should be sent by email to FORUM-ASIA at internship@forum-asia.org before 10 June 2020, with subject UNA Internship Application_NAME (e.g. UNA Internship Application_Your Full Name).