Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Cobly College

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College is conducting its annual search for the Oak Human Rights Fellow and we would like to solicit your assistance in helping us locate deserving candidates.

You can access  the full announcement - and additional information about the Oak Institute - at http://www.colby.edu/oak.

Each year, we host a human rights professional doing on-the-ground work at some level of personal risk and organize a lecture series around his or her area of expertise.  The purpose of the fellowship is to offer human rights practitioners/activists a respite from their work and spend a semester as a scholar-in-residence at the College, exposing campus community to the issues surrounding the human rights issues on which the Fellow works. 

The fellowship has a different geographical or thematic focus each year This year, we are looking for a practitioner/activist involved in HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION IN SITUATIONS OF INTERNMENT AND DISPLACEMENT.  We are particularly looking for those human rights practitioners involved in the protection of the international legal rights and basic needs of prisoners of war, civilians detained during occupation or as the result of political violence or states of emergency, and refugees and internally displaced persons fleeing from civil violence, political repression or economic dislocation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Legal Internship at the UN International Labour Office

Human Resources Development Department

International Labour Office
Vacancy No: ROSTER/INTERNSHIP/2012/03/01

Contract type: Internship

Duration of contract:  3-6 months  
Application Deadline: 2 October 2012

Organization unit:  
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates only. In case you are not sure as to which profile suits best your background, kindly apply up to a maximum of two different profiles.

An internship with the ILO provides an opportunity to:

(a) Increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) Gain practical work experience with the ILO directly related to their field of studies.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.
Description of Duties 
The Office of the Legal Adviser provides legal counsel to the ILO. A description of its mandate can be found at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/leg/ourmandate.htm.

The intern will assist in the work of the Office of the Legal Adviser, which includes advice on legal aspects of: commercial contracts and relationship agreements, personnel and financial management, technical cooperation, drafting and interpretation of international labour standards, and the regulatory functioning of policy-making organs. Intern projects involve legal research and writing concerning the application of international law (in particular, international organizations law) and general principles of law across the various subject matters above, including contracts and public administrative law. Interns also participate in staff meetings and other regular activities of the Office of the Legal Adviser, and may be requested to present research findings for internal Office discussion. Those internships which fall within the schedule of meetings of the ILO governing organs contribute to the variety of services provided by the Legal Office to Governing Body committees and, during the International Labour Conference, to the delegates and Secretariat of various technical and drafting committees.

Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.
Required Qualifications
Area of studies:

Applicant should currently be enrolled in the final year of a graduate law degree programme, or in a relevant higher degree programme, or have completed such programme in the year preceding the internship application; studies of private or public international or transnational law is required; studies of commercial law, labour law would be an advantage.
Experience or courses in legal drafting course would be desirable.
any relevant work experience and knowledge of IT would be an advantage.
You should have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).
Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.
Additional Information: 
The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. Applications from non- or under-represented member States would be particularly welcome.

Application process:

Please complete the online application form, attaching a cover letter. In order to do so, please complete your profile first and submit your application. Then add your cover letter under the section of "my applications". The cover letter needs to be attached to the roster to which you have applied. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The more you can be specific about what you are interested in, the easier it will be for the departments to match their needs with your profile. Please also indicate your availability (e.g. proposed start date and latest possible end date).
Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship matches your specific profile.

If you have not been contacted by any department within three-four months after your application, you can consider that your profile has not been picked by any department for this roster. Departments will use the roster for internships starting within the next 4 months.


Please note internships start on the 1st or 15th of any month for a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of six months.


Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following three criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).
(3) You are currently following a course of study (last year of Master degree or above), or you have completed your studies no earlier than one year prior to this application.
(4) You have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).


You should ideally receive funding for your internship through an institution (for example you university/sending institution or a foundation), to cover your subsistence expenses (in Geneva estimated at 1,850 Sfr per months). However, if this is not provided, you will receive a stipend to cover living expenses. Your travel to the duty station would be at your own expense.


Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship.

To apply:  https://erecruit.ilo.org/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?jobinfo_uid_c=26629&vaclng=en