The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies is now welcoming applications for the winter 2012 International Advocacy Internship at its Geneva office. The duration of the internship is 3 months.
Responsibilities may include: - Supporting program staff through legal and factual research on initiatives concerning human rights abuses in Arab nations, including issues of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, violation of freedom of expression , and regional minority issues; - Research, analysis and drafting of UN submissions on matters concerning relevant human rights abuses; - Editing, proof-reading and cite-checking legal submissions, press releases , briefing materials and publications; - Observing, documenting and monitoring proceedings of UN mechanisms; - Meeting with UN, state and media personnel in order to gather information and to lobby them about pertinent human rights issues; - Supporting program staff through the provision of logistical tasks as needed; - Accompanying staff to meetings with human rights professionals from partner organizations.
Application and Selection Applicants will preferably have completed a Bachelors degree. However, CIHRS will consider applicants currently completing their Bachelors degree if they have a strong background in relevant areas. Preference will be given to those with an advanced knowledge of the politics and human rights in the Arab region, and who have practical or academic background in International Law , International Human Rights , International Humanitarian Law, International Politics of the Middle East, Human Rights in the United Nations, or Constitutional Law . Candidates must be fluent in English. Language competency in Arabic or French is preferred.
To apply for the internship, the following documents are required:
Cover letter with statement of intent detailing the applicant's reasons for seeking the internship, relevant qualifications, and what he or she expects out of the internship. Contact details. Resume or CV. Language proficiency in detail (reading, writing, speaking).
To apply for this position please send the required materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with " Winter 2012 International Advocacy Internship" in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 27 November 2011. Potential candidates will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews.
Please note that CIHRS is unable to offer funding for internships. Many interns are able to find funding through their respective universities, as well as through external sources of funding. For more information on the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) see: http://www.cihrs.org/English/Aboutus.aspx