Convention against Torture Initiative
CTI is an inter-governmental, cross-regional initiative launched in March 2014, by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, and joined in February 2019 by Fiji, (“the Core States”) to promote the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). CTI’s overall aspiration is to reduce the risks of torture and ill-treatment. CTI uses government-to-government dialogue, international cooperation and diplomacy, alongside capacity building and technical assistance, to assist governments on ways to address and overcome specific challenges.
By 2024, universal ratification of UNCAT will be a reality. The risk of torture will be reduced as all States parties will be working actively to implement the Convention.
The objectives of the CTI are:
- To identify challenges and barriers to ratification and implementation of the UNCAT
- To address these obstacles through inter-State cooperation, assistance and dialogue
- To become a hub for sharing knowledge and good practices between governments
- To build a global platform of States, the UN, national and international NGOs and experts to work jointly to achieve the CTI vision.
Tasks and Responsibilities
As part of the CTI Secretariat team, the CTI Intern will be involved in a range of tasks including:
- research and analysis of country situations, policy and legal issues
- provide support for the preparation of events, technical workshops, missions or expert meetings, covering all aspects including logistical and substantive inputs
- development and editing of various documents, including advice notes, speeches, research papers, concept notes, minutes of meetings, etc.
- attending and reporting on bilateral or multilateral meetings at the United Nations and other fora
- drafting press releases and social media posts
- other tasks as they arise.
The Intern will (i) gain a deeper understanding of the Convention against Torture, its Optional Protocol and associated legal frameworks and rules, as well as its implementation in practice, (ii) be privy to the workings of a diplomatic initiative and understand better the challenges facing States regarding ratification and implementation of an international treaty, and (iii) practice and develop “professional skills”, such as project and time management, prioritization, teamwork, research, analysis and drafting, etc.
The internship will be a mix of substantive and administrative contributions. As we are a small Secretariat, there is a certain amount of administrative work being done by each staff member and while efforts are made to keep this to a minimum, all staff members are expected to contribute fully to the collective work of the Secretariat.
The CTI intern will have studied/be studying international law, and would ideally be undertaking a relevant Masters or equivalent postgraduate programme in the field of human rights law or be in the final year of a Bachelors programme and have studied human rights law.
Fluency in English is required, and working knowledge of another UN language would be considered an asset.
While not a formal requirement, any relevant work or volunteer experience will be taken into account in the selection process. The Intern should in particular have excellent research, analytical and drafting skills, be well-organised and motivated.
Terms of Internship
The CTI Secretariat is looking to recruit a candidate based in Geneva for a two to three-month internship to start in June, on a part-time basis (7-8 hours per week). While the internship period may be extended, there is no expectation in that regard.
CTI Internships are paid. Interns will need to possess a valid visa or residency permit allowing a period of Internship.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending your CV (maximum two pages) and a cover letter (one page maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 June.
Unfortunately owing to the small Secretariat, we will only be in touch with short-listed candidates. Therefore, if you have not heard from us by 23 June, you should assume your application has not been successful.