Internship – Human Rights Defenders at Risk Programme

Do you want to promote human rights globally by helping those who defend it to stay safe? Are you interested in learning how digital, physical and psychosocial security helps some of the world’s most exposed Human Rights Defenders do their work?

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Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation. The Human Rights Defenders at Risk Programme supports all partners in need of security assistance, security capacity building or emergency support. Through education, consultations and small grants we offer tailored and timely assistance where it’s needed the most. Among the projects managed from our department are the worlds’ first assault alarm system for human rights defenders The Natalia Project, our bi-annual conference Defenders’ Days and our human rights violations monitoring tool Defenders’ Database. We also support Civil Rights Defenders internally, developing the protection and security plans keeping our staff safe in their offices and in the field.

Tasks and Opportunities

Together with our team, you will be managing interventions to improve the protection of human rights defenders at risk. You will work closely with our Protection Officers to provide rapid response support to people in need of assistance, plan security related efforts for organisations and when possible draft statements and communications to raise awareness about the cases you deal with.

During the internship, Civil Rights Defenders will offer different opportunities to their interns to take part in external events, such as 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 and some or all of these characteristics:

  • Active in civil society organisations, whether local, regional, national or international.
  • Degree in or student of law, politics, journalism/media, human rights, or similar.
  • Knowledge of additional languages, especially Spanish and/or Russian.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Experienced in communicating via news and social media, video, graphics.
  • Experience creating advocacy campaigns and/or working with grassroots communications.
  • 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 mid-January and runs till the beginning of June 2020. The application should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to Marcin de Kaminski no later than 17 November 2019. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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