Full-time internship opportunity: UN Programme & Advocacy (Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures)

Full-time Internship Opportunity
UN Programme & Advocacy (Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures)

Duration: 6 months with possible extension (29 October 2018 – 29 April 2019)
Deadline for applications: 26 September 2018, 5pm Central European Time

This is an exciting internship with ILGA, the world association of more than 1300 LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) members’ organizations.

The intern will provide assistance to ILGA’s Senior Officer, Women and United Nations Advocacy, with a focus on Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures.

It is 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.

The internship is for a period of six months, commencing on 29 October 2018 and ending on 29 April 2019. The internship is 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).

Main tasks:

  • Organizing notifications of ILGA 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’s 2018 and 2019 Annual Treaty Bodies Reports;
  • Compiling and 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;
  • Assisting ILGA’s Senior Officer in preparation for the ILGA World Conference and other events, if required;
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff members.

Main requirements:

  • Particular interest in and commitment to LGBTI/SOGIESC and/or women’s human rights;
  • Basic knowledge of the UN System;
  • Good research skills in law, policy, social sciences or a relevant field;
  • Highly organised;
  • Attention to details and willingness and ability to work with large amount of data and information;
  • Good internet connection during the internship;
  • Excellent level of written and good level of spoken English.

Preferably also:

  • Direct experience of engagement with one or more human rights mechanisms, especially Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • Experience of paid or non-paid work with local or regional human rights LGBTI and/or women’s groups;
  • A degree in a relevant field;
  • Other UN language skills (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian).

Internship conditions:

  • This is a virtual internship;
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location;
  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF 500 per month for the duration of the internship;
  • The successful intern 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 intern has contributed to.

How to apply:

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to complete the application form.
Closing date for receipt of applications by email to kseniya@ilga.org: 26 September 2018, 5pm Central European Time.
Please note that only applications on the application form – available on the ILGA website – are accepted.


Process after application:

  • We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate on 4 October 2018. Only the selected applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application at that time.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task and to deliver it by 10 October 2018.
  • Results of the assessment of the written task will be delivered to the candidates by 17 October 2018, and the interviews will take place on 18-19 October 2018.
  • We expect to make the final decision by 24 October 2018.

Please bear in mind that if you have not been contacted by 4 October 2018 you are not selected for the position. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to queries about this internship.


ILGA is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

It aims to ensure that all full-time and part-time employees, potential employees and other individuals receive equal treatment. ILGA promotes gender and equality mainstreaming. Hence it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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


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