Internship – Africa Department

Do you want to promote human rights  in Africa? Are you interested in learning how to  contribute to the capacity and security of some of  the world’s most exposed Human Rights Defenders?

Se all open internships here.

Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation. The Africa Department supports  human rights defenders in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and other countries in the region.

Tasks and Opportunities

Together with our team, you will assist the department in their daily work. The tasks are varied and include writing articles, conducting research and monitoring of regional developments, drafting reports, some administrative work and assisting with the preparation of various activities and events in Sweden and abroad. In the context of our capacity building trainings for human rights defenders, the intern will be involved in planning, logistics and communicating with participants. You will work closely with our Programme Director and Officers in Stockholm. The work also includes advocacy in Sweden.

During the internship, Civil Rights Defenders will offer opportunities to take part in external events, seminars and meetings and will also arrange internal workshops on relevant topics within our field of work. The focus of the internship will be adapted depending on your skills and talents.

Desired Profile

We are looking for an intern with a strong interest in human rights, Africa and some or all of these characteristics:

  • Enrolled in a university in Sweden or abroad within the last year of a Bachelor’s degree or at Masters level. Also eligible are applicants who are recent graduates (within 1 year from graduation).
  • Degree in or student of law, politics, journalism/media, human rights, or similar.  
  • Good knowledge of the East and Horn of Africa region and the state of human rights in the region.
  • Excellent knowledge of English. Amharic or Swahili is considered a merit.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.  
  • Experienced in writing reports, articles and doing research.
  • Experience of event planning is considered a merit.
  • Active in civil society organisations – local, national or international.  
  • Genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with.

Civil Rights Defenders only accepts interns who have internship as part of their formal education, if the internship is during studies or follows in direct conjunction with finalised studies or, if it is part of a programme related to a public employment service. The internship is unpaid, however local transport costs during the internship period are covered (SL card purchase).

The internship, which is located at our head office in Stockholm, starts in the beginning of September and runs till the end of December 2019. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to Gabrielle Gunneberg no later than 16 June 2019. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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