Five full-time internship opportunities at ILGA World


Five full-time Internship Opportunities at ILGA World

Programme Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures
Programme Intern on UN Human Rights Council and UPR
Programme Intern for Research
Programme Intern on Intersex People and Sex Characteristics
Communications Intern

Duration: 6 months each Start of Internships: in September 2019
How to apply: Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to complete the application form and e-mail it prior to the deadline to recruitment@ilga.org
Deadline for applications: August 11, 2019 at 12pm Central European Summer Time

These are exciting opportunities to join ILGA World, the global LGBTI membership based organisation with more than 1,500 member organisations in over 150 countries.

The interns will provide assistance to ILGA World’s staff:

  1. The Programme Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures will work with and report to Kseniya Kirichenko, Senior Officer for Women and UN Advocacy
  2. The Programme Intern on UN Human Rights Council and UPR will work with and report to Diana Prado, Senior Officer for UN Advocay
  3. The Programme Intern for Research will work with and report to Lucas Mendos, Senior Research Officer
  4. The Programme Intern on Intersex People and Sex Characteristics will work with and report to Julia Ehrt, the Director of Programmes
  5. The Communications Intern will work with and report to Daniele Paletta, ILGA World’s Senior Communications Officer

The internships are an excellent opportunity for somebody who has an interest in human rights and LGBTI issues and wants to gain experience in working on them within the framework of the United Nations human rights mechanisms.

All internship are six months long and will start in September / early October 2019. The internships are virtual, and the intern can be based anywhere with good internet connection. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week). The internship receives a financial compensation of CHF 750 per month.

 

Tasks and requirements for all internships:

All intern candidates should

  • have a particular interest in and commitment to LGBTI/SOGIESC human rights;
  • have experience in NGO work, in community or grassroots organizing, advocacy or other activist work (payed or unpaid), preferably in the LGBTI sector;
  • be well organized, motivated and able to work remotely;
  • have a good internet connection during the internship;
  • have a very good level of written and spoken English;

and preferably should also:

  • speak and write in another UN language at a good level and
  • hold a higher education degree in a relevant field;

 

Specifics for the internships:

 

1)    Programme Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

a)    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Organizing notifications of ILGA World members on the upcoming deadlines and opportunities related to Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • Compiling reports on Treaty Bodies’ sessions;
  • Compiling and analysing Treaty Bodies’ recommendations for ILGA World’s 2019 and 2020 Annual Treaty Bodies Reports;
  • Updating factsheets on SOGIESC references by Special Procedures;
  • Attending, either in person or virtually, Treaty Bodies’ sessions and other relevant meetings;
  • Providing technical support to defenders engaging with Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff members.
b)    Specific requirements for the Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

Candidates should

  • have basic knowledge of the UN System;
  • possess good research skills in law, policy, social sciences or a relevant field;
  • pay attention to details and have the willingness and ability to work with large amount of data and information;
  • have direct experience of engagement with one or more human rights mechanisms, especially Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;

and should preferably also

  • have direct experience of engagement with one or more human rights mechanisms, especially Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • speak and write in Spanish at a good level.

 

2)    Programme Intern on UN Human Rights Council and UPR

a)    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Drafting reports for Human Rights Council sessions, and the Universal Periodic Review Working Group sessions
  • Compiling recommendations made during the UPR Working Group sessions
  • Support the Autumn and Winter SOGIESC UPR Advocacy weeks
  • Supporting notification of ILGA World members on the upcoming deadlines and opportunities related to the UPR;
  • Providing technical support to defenders engaging with the Universal Periodic Review
  • Attending, either in person or virtually, Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review sessions
  • Support research on follow-up and implementation of UPR recommendations
  • Support research on the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Assisting ILGA World’s UN Programme staff in the development of new activities
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff members.
b)    Specific additional requirements for the Intern on UN Human Rights Council and UPR

Candidates should

  • at least have a basic understanding of the UN mechanisms gained through study, work or other experience in the UN System

and should preferably also

  • have experience of direct engagement with the UN UPR, SDG’s or HRC.

 

3)    Research Intern

a)    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Assisting ILGA World’s Senior Research Officer in conducting desktop research on legal issues regarding human rights and sexual orientation, especially for the production of the State-Sponsored Homophobia report.
  • Conducting desktop research on other issues related to SOGIESC relevant to ILGA World’s research program;
  • Preparing and drafting background notes and briefs;
  • Assisting ILGA World ’s Senior Research Office in editing and proofreading research products;
  • Managing, organizing and maintaining an internal database;
  • Convening and moderating meetings with contributors, translators, designers and other partners, and following up on their work with ILGA World;
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks to support research needs.
b)    Specific additional requirements for the Research Intern

Candidates should have

  • strong research skills on legal issues related to SOGIESC and human rights;
  • the ability to independently conduct complex legal issues and present research findings in an organized and methodical manner. High level of attention to detail and accuracy;
  • awareness of the cultural nuances and community developments in language and concepts relating to sexual orientation and around gender issues;
  • proficiency in handling substantial amounts of research of data. Organised and methodical data management, updating and storage;
  • basic knowledge of citation methods;
  • competency in working with partners: building and nurturing key relationships;

and should preferably also have

  • previous experience in paid or non-paid legal research work;
  • knowledge of international human rights law;
  • previous experience using reference management software (e.g. Mendeley);
  • participation or authorship in one or more legal publications, preferably on SOGIESC issues;

 

4)    Programme Intern on Intersex People and Sex Characteristics

a)    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Support the Director of Programmes in developing the intersex portfolio of the organization
  • Work with and support the Intersex Committee and chair
  • Work with the Director of Programmes in organizing intersex related events
  • Support intersex activists in engaging with UN mechanisms such as Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, UPR, HRC
  • Supporting the Progammes team staff in issues pertaining to sex characteristics
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff members.
b)    Specific additional requirements for the Intern on Intersex People and Sex Characteristics

Candidates should

  • be well connected to intersex activitsts and organisations globally
  • have good knowledge on issues pertaining to sex characteristics
  • have worked for or volunteered with intersex led initiatives, groups or organisations

 

5)    Communications Intern

a)    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Map the glitches in the ilga.org website, and assess the need for potential changes and updates
  • Curate content to inform the organisation’s social media editorial calendar
  • Research and fact-check news for ILGA World newsletters and website entries
  • Organise a daily press review to monitor ILGA World’s presence on mainstream media, as well as global LGBTI-related news
  • Support the Communications team in assessing opportunities for, and starting to create, a new member-to-member communications platform.
  • Assist the Communications team in the development of campaigns on the occasion of relevant days for the LGBTI community - including in the production of visual materials (infographics, videos and more)
  • Support ILGA World programmes by promptly uploading documents, updating website pages, and editing videos when necessary
  • Proofread and edit website articles and other communication outputs
b)    Specific additional requirements for the Communications Intern
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, journalism or other related field, or background through study, work or other experiences (preferably in the non-profit sector) in a communications role
  • A demonstrated interest in SOGIESC issues, and in keeping oneself updated on LGBTI news from all around the world
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Fluency in using social media for advocacy or organising purposes. Interest in exploring emerging technologies
  • At least a basic knowledge of HTML language
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce strong, compelling written and visual content

and should preferably also have

  • Intermediate to advanced written and oral fluency in Spanish. Other UN language skills (French, Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian) are also an asset
  • Experience with content management systems and web content creation in Drupal 7
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere, AfterEffect, Photoshop, InDesign or similar graphic/video design tools
  • Experience or interest in podcasting

 

Internship conditions:

  • The internships are virtual; no relocation to Geneva is expected or supported by ILGA World

  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location;

  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF 750 per month for the duration of the internship;

  • The successful interns will have opportunities to work with representatives of LGBTI organisations from around the world and other NGOs virtually and/or in Geneva;

  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the interns have contributed to will be given.

 

How to apply:

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to complete the application form and e-mail it prior to the deadline to recruitment@ilga.org.
Closing date for receipt of applications by email is 11th of August, 2019, 12:00 noon Central European Summer Time.
Please note that only applications on the application form – available on the ILGA World website – are accepted.

DO NOT ATTACH A CV OR ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS, AS THEY WILL NOT BE USED

 

Process after application:

  • We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate within three weeks of the application deadline. Only the selected applicants will receive notifications from us of the outcome of their application.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task with a deadline of 5 working days.
  • Interviews will take place at the end of August/early September.
  • Final decisions will be communicated no later than mid-September.

The dates after the application deadline will slightly differ between the five internships.

Please bear in mind that if you have not been contacted by end of September you have not selected for the position. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to queries about these internships.

 

ILGA is an Equal Opportunities Employer

ILGA is committed to social justice, regardless of any individual or group characteristics, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, race, age, disability, ability, economic status, national origin, religion, ethnicity, and historical, cultural and geographic experiences, nonetheless recognizing the unique challenges faced by individuals with each of these characteristics and by those with intersecting identities.

We offer fair treatment to all current and potential employees, interns and contractors and aim to ensure that all such individuals receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion, as relevant) regardless of any personal attribute as listed above.

ILGA promotes gender and equality mainstreaming and it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Lesbian and bisexual women, intersex persons, trans and gender-non-binary persons, and persons from the Global South are especially encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

If more than one applicant is considered to be equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants coming from marginalized and/or underrepresented groups.

 

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