Internship Programme Intern
Child Rights Connect is looking for one full-time intern (40 hours per week) starting in January 2017 until July 2017 (7 months).
**PLEASE NOTE Only Swiss citizens, EU citizens with a Swiss guarantor or those already in possession of a Swiss/EU work permit may be considered for this internship.
Child Rights Connect is an independent, non-profit network of more than 80 national, regional and international organisations, networks and coalitions. Our membership covers almost every country on the planet. We also work with national NGOs and children’s rights defenders in over 150 countries. We were initially set up in 1983 as the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child to influence the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the first and most comprehensive international human rights treaty for children. Since then, we have worked for decades to connect UN human rights systems to the daily realities of children’s lives. Our Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Child Rights Connect works to promote children’s rights throughout the broader UN human rights system. This includes monitoring human rights developments at the UN which may have an impact on children’s rights, coordinating children’s rights defenders around joint advocacy activities on key priority issues at the UN Human Rights Council, and providing them capacity-building and technical assistance to help them better promote, implement and monitor the CRC in their countries through engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Main responsibility: Support the work of Child Rights Connect’s Secretariat, in particular the activities related to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee), and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
- Monitor the sessions and pre-sessions of the Committee as well as the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and disseminate information and outputs to relevant stakeholders via email and social media.
- Support the Secretariat’s work in preparation of the sessions and pre-sessions of the Committee, as well as the mobilisation of national children’s rights defenders for future Committee sessions and pre-sessions, and update the internal database.
- Support the organisation’s work in preparation of the next sessions of UNHRC and particularly the 2017 Annual Day on the Rights of the Child.
- Undertake background research and assist with the preparation of internal and external documents.
- Prepare communications materials and assist in updating the website and social media.
- Administrative support and other tasks, as necessary.
- A first-level university degree in a relevant field (e.g. international human rights law, political science, international relations) is preferred, completed 2 years ago at most.
- Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise multiple tasks.
- Fluency in English, including ability to draft clear and concise reports. The ability to work in Spanish and/or French would be an important asset.
- Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work independently.
- Good teamwork and communication skills.
- Computer literacy including Microsoft office suite. Experience with social media, WordPress and Survey Monkey (or willingness to learn) is a plus.
- Understanding of the international human rights framework and commitment to children’s rights would be strong assets.
A monthly allowance is provided (Swiss social charges will be deducted from this amount).
How to ApplyPlease send a CV, a letter of motivation, along with a short writing sample not edited by others by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject: Application for Internship CRC 2017. Please note that due to the high number of applications, we will not review incomplete applications and only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Deadline: Applications should be submitted via email by Tuesday 22nd November 2016. Interviews will take place on Friday 2 December 2016 at Child Rights Connect’s office or via Skype.
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