The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has launched its annual Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Programme has three components; English, Arabic and Russian, and this call for applications concerns both the English and the Russian linguistic components. The Programme is an interactive one, with fellows expected to follow UN briefings and undertake assignments on human rights issues. The MFP aims to train fellows to be able to build capacities in their own communities and organisations in the future, by equipping them with a strong knowledge of the international human rights system, frameworks and mechanisms, particularly as regards the protection and promotion of minority rights.
The MFP will run from 7 to 25 November 2015 alongside the 9th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues, in which the fellows will be able to participate. The deadline for applications is the 22 May 2016 and successful candidates will receive a return flight ticket to Geneva, as well as a grant to cover basic accommodation and other living expenses, and basic health insurance. In order to apply, candidates must belong to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group. This is a necessary and not a solely desirable criterion for application. Candidates must also have a good knowledge of English and be able to demonstrate relevant experience, willingness and ability to participate and to train others. Successful candidates will most likely be those nominated by their current organisation or community and be prepared to return to this work following the programme.
This fantastic opportunity gives dedicated individuals the chance to gain experience working on the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs), both in the environment of an international NGO, and at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The intern will spend three months at Front Line Defenders’ headquarters in Dublin, training in relation to the protection of HRDs before spending six months in Geneva and a further three months with Front Line Defenders. It is important to note that the successful candidate must be able to work in both English and Spanish, as well as both individually, and as part of a team. Good drafting and analytical skills are necessary, as is some knowledge of international human rights law. As such, previous experience with human rights organisations is desirable. The intern will perform a number of tasks including gathering information on the situation of HRDs, drafting appeals on behalf of HRDs at risk worldwide, supporting follow up of cases, analysing government responses, assisting with drafting reports to the Human Rights Council, as well as certain clerical and administrative tasks, where required. The intern will be paid an honorarium of €1100 per month whilst in Dublin and €1400 per month whilst in Geneva. The deadline for application is 1 May 2016 and the intern is expected to begin in October 2016.