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2 May 2017

Internship UN Advocacy Internship (Summer 2017)

International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism – Posted by admin Genève, Genève, Switzerland


Job Description

UN Advocacy Internship (Summer 2017)

Closing date: 22 May 2017

IMADR is looking for a full-time intern for the period of three months starting on 17th July 2017.

International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) is an international non-profit, non-governmental human rights organisation devoted to eliminating discrimination and racism, forging international solidarity among discriminated minorities and advancing the international human rights system. It was founded in 1988 by one of the Japan’s largest minorities, Buraku people. IMADR has grown to be a global network of concerned individuals and groups in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America.


The aim of our internship programme is to provide a human rights activist or student committed to working on human rights issues, in particular combating racism and racial discrimination, with an on-the-job training to familiarise themselves with the UN human rights mechanisms. Through the internship, s/he will be involved in the work of IMADR at the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and advocacy work on Sri Lanka and Japan at the Human Rights Council. The Geneva office is a small office with one full-time staff member, therefore the intern will have an opportunity to carry out responsible work.

Period: 17 July to Mid-October 2017 (dates negotiable)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Role: Assisting the Geneva office at the 93rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD, 31 July – 25 August) and the 36th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC, 11 – 29 September).


  1. Assisting human rights defenders in advocacy at the UN human rights system.
  2. Taking notes during the CERD and HRC sessions including meetings and side-events.
  3. Assisting in organising side-events at the HRC session.
  4. Preparing news items and advocacy tools, i.e. oral statements, and written submissions.
  5. Assisting in admin work/basic documentation.



  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in human rights, law, international relations or relevant areas.
  • Strong communications skills in English.
  • Good team-working and research skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook and internet).
  • Interest and knowledge of issues relating to racial discrimination, i.e. minority rights, indigenous rights, multiple discriminations, discrimination based on work and descent.


  • Knowledge of French or Spanish.
  • Knowledge of the UN human rights mechanisms, in particular the Human Rights Council, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and its monitoring body (CERD).
  • Experience of working in the NGO environment.

Financial and other forms of assistance:

IMADR is currently not in a position to remunerate this internship or apply for a visa. Although we do not provide any kind of accommodation coverage, our office can help her/him find lodging in Geneva upon request. Monthly transportation allowance within Geneva and lunch will be provided. S/he must be able to commit for a minimum of 35 hours per week for 3 months, be a Swiss/ EU national or hold a valid permit which allows staying and undertaking internship in Switzerland.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their CV, a brief cover letter with a short English writing sample not edited by others to Taisuke Komatsu (Mr.), geneva[@] (remove “[]” when sending your application) . Please use “UN Advocacy Internship” in the subject line of your e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Deadline: Applications should be submitted via email by Monday 22nd May 2017. Interviews will take place between 25th and 30th May at the Geneva office or via Skype.

Job Categories: Communication. Job Types: Internship.

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