UN Fellowship Announcement 

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a leading and diverse international civil society network, with members and partners in more than 170 countries. CIVICUS’ vision is a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. CIVICUS’ mission is to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened.

CIVICUS is proud to announce one United Nations (UN) Fellowship opportunity, sponsored by Irish Aid, focused on Strengthening the Voice of African Civil Society and human rights defenders in the international human rights system. The position will be based at the CIVICUS UN Office in Geneva from 10 September –to 10 December 2017.

Description of the Fellowship

This Learning Exchange is designed to familiarize the candidate with the United Nations system and bring information pertaining to African civil society to the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, and Special Procedures, (Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of Special Procedures).  During a three-month period the candidate will be based in Geneva Switzerland, and work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Geneva Office.  He/she will assist in the preparation of reports or statements and help to coordinate engagement during the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Additionally, the Fellow will assist to organise side meetings for CIVICUS and partners with relevant officials from the OHCHR, particular Officers supporting the Special Rapporteurs, Governments with permanent missions in Geneva and NGO partners with permanent representatives in Geneva. These meetings will serve as a means of continuing to share new information on African civil society issues between UNHRC sessions and as an opportunity for participating partners to develop greater familiarity with the UNHRC stakeholders, which will further strengthen related advocacy at UNHRC sessions beyond the project period.

Based in Geneva, the candidate will act as a bridge between civil society actors in Africa and Special Procedures as well as other human rights mechanisms, gathering, preparing and presenting reports on human rights issue thus keeping information affecting the region on the horizon at the UN through key engagements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A degree in Human Rights, International Affairs or a related field;
  • Experience of working with human rights community in one or more African countries and a thorough knowledge of regional human rights issues within Africa;
  • Fluency in English is essential, French would be an advantage; 
  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomatic skills and analytical diligence;
  • Willingness to travel to Geneva for three months.


Interns will receive accommodation in Geneva, round trip airfare and a stipend of €900 a month to cover living costs.

Application Procedure

To apply for this Learning Exchange opportunity, please send the following by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 August 2017.

  • A copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A letter explaining your interest in this post, and what skills and experience you would bring.
  • Contact details of three referees who we may contact if you are considered for this post.

Closing date for applications: 22 August 2017

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, should you not have heard from us 14 days after the deadline, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

For more about CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, refer to www.civicus.org.


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