NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Closing date: 6 Jan 2021


15 December 2020

Would you like to work on gender, human rights, peace and security issues? To be part of a network of feminist peace activists? Do you want to experience how civil society interacts with the UN human rights system during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you prepared to do a work experience that will most likely be only home-based?

If you answered YES to the questions above, then you could be our next Human Rights Programme intern.

Your tasks

As a member of the Human Rights Programme your tasks will be diverse and challenging: you will support the Programme by following online meetings of UN human rights mechanisms and reporting on those; helping to draft submissions or statements to UN human rights mechanisms; analysing recommendations made by human rights mechanisms; and helping to organise remote training for our members and partners.

You will help to prepare training materials, working documents and other materials on human rights for advocacy and for internal use, and will contribute to the Programme’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

Your tasks will also include some interaction and coordination with WILPF National Sections and Groups.

We encourage you to apply if you are interested in human rights, gender justice and women’s rights and peace issues in particular. This internship will give you an opportunity to use in a practical way knowledge of human rights that you have acquired either in the classroom or through activism.

Important COVID-19 related information

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the holding of meetings of human rights mechanisms. In 2020, meetings were cancelled, postponed, held through a hybrid (in person/virtual) format or only online. Most meetings in which the Human Rights Programme participated were held online. The situation is likely to remain the same at least for the first half of 2021. If you are, nonetheless, interested in applying for this internship, you should keep that in mind, because the way of doing advocacy with UN human rights mechanisms has changed.

The practical stuff

The internship will be home-based and will start in early February 2021 to last for six months.

Some 30% of your time will be dedicated to administrative support.

WILPF is a signatory to the charter We Pay Our Interns. Our interns are paid a monthly gross stipend of 900 CHF when based in Geneva. As this internship will be home-based, the stipend might be adapted depending on the candidate’s location.


  • Knowledge of human rights, gender studies or international relations, gained through academic studies, activism or other relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated human rights activism;
  • Keen interest in WILPF’s mission and values;

· Strong writing, research and analytical skills and rigorous attention to detail;

  • Ability to work autonomously as part of a team working remotely.
  • Fluency in English is a requirement;
  • Fluency in French or Spanish is also mandatory. Knowledge of both Spanish and French is an asset.

· Ability to use Microsoft Office software suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);

  • Knowledge of issues around Women, Peace and Security is an asset.
  • Knowledge of international and regional human rights legal frameworks is an asset.
  • Experience with Database Management (Airtable), Task Management (Trello, Slack), Graphic Design tools (e.g. Adobe InDesign) is an asset.

Important reminder: this is an internship position. It is intended to be for applicants looking to gain work experience and practical knowledge of human rights advocacy. It is particularly suitable for recent graduates in Law, Human Rights, International Relations, Gender Studies, or a related field, or for students currently enrolled in a degree programme in one of those fields. Overqualified applicants will not be considered.

How to apply:

Please send your cover letter (maximum one page) and CV (maximum two pages, without photograph), in Word or PDF format only, to email: internship (a) These can be sent in English, French or Spanish.

Please also send us your replies in English to the two following questions (maximum one page for each answer): (i) What you would like to learn from this internship and (ii) What are some of the steps that governments could take to redress the specific impacts that the COVID19 pandemic is having on women?

We only receive applications by email. Please write: “Human Rights Programme internship 2021” in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without motivation letter, CV or replies to the above-mentioned questions will not be accepted.

**PLEASE NOTE FOR CANDIDATES BASED IN GENEVA OR OTHER LOCATIONS IN SWITZERLAND For candidates not from EU or EFTA member states with no valid Swiss work permit, we will only be able to consider applications from candidates whose profile meet the criteria established by the State of Geneva to obtain a work permit.

Deadline: 6 January 2021

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