Five internship opportunities at ILGA World
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Five internship opportunities at ILGA World

Programme Intern
on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

Programme Intern
on UN Human Rights Council, UPR, and Business, Workplace and LGBTI Equality

Programme Intern
for Research

Programme Intern -
Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics

Communications Intern

Duration: 6 months each
Start of internships: February 2021
Deadline for applications: Thursday 10 December 2020 at 1:00 pm Central European Time

 

ILGA World seeks five interns in the areas of:

  1. UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures
  2. UN Human Rights Council and UPR
  3. Research
  4. Gender Identity, Expression & Sex Characteristics
  5. Communications 

These are exciting opportunities to join ILGA World, the global LGBTI membership-based organisation with more than 1,600 member organisations in over 160 countries. Anyone with dedication to - and experience in regard to – human rights of and social justice for persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics who meets the requirements set out below is welcome to apply. 

The internships are a great opportunity for somebody who has an interest in human rights and LGBTI issues and wants to gain experience in working for an international human rights organisation that represents LGBTI organisations, communities and movements on a global stage. They are aimed at LGBTI human rights activists who are at an early stage of their career.

All internship are six months long and will start in February 2021. 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 intern receives a financial compensation of CHF 750 per month.

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, Programmes Coordinator (UN Advocacy, Women and Training)
  2. The Programme Intern on UN Human Rights Council, UPR, and Business, Workplace and LGBTI Equality will work with and report to Gabriel Galil, Senior Programme Officer (UN Advocacy, Human Rights Council and UPR)
  3. The Programme Intern for Research will work with and report to Lucas Ramón Mendos, Research Coordinator
  4. The Programme Intern on Gender Identity, Expression and Sex Characteristics will work with and report to Chamindra Weerewardhana, Senior Programme Consultant (GIESC Programme)
  5. The Communications Intern will work with and report to Daniele Paletta, ILGA World’s Communications Coordinator

All intern candidates should

  • have a particular interest in and commitment to LGBTI/SOGIESC human rights;
  • have experience (paid or unpaid) in NGO work, in community or grassroots organizing, advocacy or other activist work, 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

Programme Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

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;
  • Collecting, organizing and supporting internal database of treaty bodies’ practice on SOGIESC;
  • Compiling quarterly reports on Treaty Bodies’ sessions, analysing recommendations and preparing video materials;
  • Supporting drafting and delivering joint statements for dialogues with special procedures;
  • Attending, either in person or virtually, treaty bodies’ and Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant meetings;
  • Providing technical support to defenders engaging with treaty bodies and special procedures, supporting drafting shadow reports and other submissions;
  • Providing support in the development of training materials on treaty bodies;
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks to support the programmes.

Specific requirements for the Intern on UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

Candidates should

  • have basic knowledge of the United Nations human rights 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;

and should preferably also

  • have direct experience of engagement with one or more human rights mechanisms, especially Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • have knowledge or experience on intersectional forms of discrimination, including gender, disability and/or race, and
  • have a good level of written and spoken Spanish.

 

Programme Intern on UN Human Rights Council, UPR and Business, Workplace and LGBTI Equality

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 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 Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review sessions online
  • Support research on follow-up and implementation of UPR recommendations
  • Support research on Business, Workplace and LGBTI Equality
  • 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.

Specific additional requirements for the Intern on UN Human Rights Council, UPR, and Business, Workplace and LGBTI Equality

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

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

 

Research Intern

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.
  • 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;
  • Assisting the Research Coordinator in managing, organizing and maintaining ILGA World’s database;
  • Assisting the Research Coordinator in managing, operating and maintaining internal tools for media monitoring and documentation.
  • 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.

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

  • previous experience in paid or non-paid legal research work;
  • knowledge of international human rights law;
  • participation or authorship in one or more legal publications, preferably on SOGIESC issues

Programme Intern on Gender Identity, Expression and Sex Characteristics

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Support the SPO GIESC in developing the intersex portfolio of the organization
  • Support SPO GIESC in organising key events such as the Trans Advocacy Week
  • Work with SPO GIESC in developing GIESC-related research and dissemination initiatives.
  • Work with and support ILGA World’s Trans and Intersex Committees and their Chairpersons
  • Work with the SPO GIESC in organizing intersex related events
  • Support trans and intersex activists in engaging with UN mechanisms such as Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, UPR, HRC
  • Supporting the Programmes Team staff in issues pertaining to gender identity/expression and sex characteristics
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff members.

Specific additional requirements for the Intern on Gender Identity, Expression and Sex Characteristics

Candidates should

  • be well connected to GIESC and organisations globally
  • have a good knowledge of intersectional feminist approaches to the promotion of gender justice
  • have an understanding about how GIESC rights and indigenous people’s rights intersect
  • have good knowledge on issues pertaining to sex characteristics, and intersex justice
  • have worked for or volunteered with gender identity/expression and/or intersex led initiatives, groups or organisations

Communications Intern

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Write, edit or proofread effective website articles (including the weekly LGBulleTIn), social media copy or other communication outputs
  • Assist the Communications Coordinator in the planning and development of campaigns - including in the production of visual materials (infographics, videos and more)
  • 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
  • Curate and produce content for the organisation’s social media editorial calendar
  • Assist the Communications Coordinator in the preparation of podcast episodes (organising interviews, assisting with audio editing, and transcribing the episodes)
  • Map the glitches in the ilga.org website, and assess the need for potential changes and updates
  • Support ILGA World programmes by promptly uploading documents, updating website pages, and editing videos when necessary
  • Maintain contacts with volunteer translators

Specific additional requirements for the Communications Intern

  • Previous experience (including volunteer work) in a communications role - preferably in the non-profit sector - OR/AND undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, journalism or another related field
  • A demonstrated interest in SOGIESC issues, and in keeping oneself updated on LGBTI news from all around the world
  • Knowledge or experience on intersectional forms of discrimination, and an interest in using communications skills to raise the voices of the most marginalised
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English
  • 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 and creative written and visual content

and should preferably also have

  • intermediate to advanced written and oral fluency in Spanish.
    Basic comprehension skills of other UN languages (French, Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian) are also an asset
  • experience with content management systems and web content creation in Drupal 7
  • experience in using the Adobe Suite (especially Premiere, Illustrator and Photoshop, Audition, AfterEffect) or similar graphic/sound/video design tools
  • have knowledge on making communications outputs more accessible to people with disabilities

 

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 compensation 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.

All internship are six-months long and will start in February 2021. 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 intern receives a financial compensation of CHF 750 per month.

 

Instructions: how to apply

The application for the position consists of two parts: the application form, and an online application survey, to be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/InternshipsILGA-World. Please make sure to complete the form first, because it has to be uploaded in the online application survey.

  1. Answer all questions and written tasks. Read the questions and written tasks carefully and demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria, as this informs the shortlisting process. The shortlisting process is based on an evaluation of each of the sections
  2. Language. The application pack should be completed in English. Interviews will also be conducted in English (though other declared language skills may be tested)
  3. Other documents or materials. Do not attach a CV, pictures or any additional document, as they will not be used. Failure to respect this rule will negatively impact your score.

  1. To complete the application process, you will also have to complete the online application survey
  2. In the survey you will have to provide information on your
    1. Personal and contact details
    2. Language skills
    3. Work and other experience
    4. Education, degrees and courses
    5. Two references
  3. You will as well have to upload the application form (see next paragraph)
  4. Please note that the survey cannot be saved.

  1. File format. Submit your application through the data upload at the end of the online application survey. Eligible formats are Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf
  2. File name. Rename the file SURNAME_Namedoc. For instance: SMITH_John_2021internship.doc. Please use ALL CAPS for your surname so that we can clearly distinguish it from your name(s)
  3. Confirmation email. You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail upon completing the application survey. Should you have completed the survey without having received such confirmation please reach out to recruitment@ilga.org
  4. Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Process after application

We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate by January 6, 2021. Please bear in mind that, if you have not been contacted by the end of the year, this means that you have not been shortlisted for the position.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task that will be sent on January 8, deadline to deliver the task is by Tuesday January 17, 2021.

Interviews to candidates who are admitted to the final stage of the selection process are expected to take place in the week of January 25 – 29, 2021.

The interview itself will last approximately 45 minutes.

The selected candidates will be notified by the end of January/early February 2021.

 

Key dates

11 November 2020 Call for candidates
10 December 2020 (1 PM CEST) Deadline for applications
Before 6 January 2021 Shortlisted candidates notified of results all other internships
8 January 2021 Written task is sent
17 January 2021 Deadline for written task
25- 29 January 2021 Interviews with shortlisted candidates
Before mid-February 2021 Notification of selected and not selected candidates
February 2021 Successful candidates take up position

 

ILGA World Equal Opportunities Policy

ILGA World is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

ILGA World 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 World 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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