Vacancy Announcement: Full-time Internship (unpaid) in the ILGA UN Programme - Deadline for applications: 9 August 2015

Full-time Internship (unpaid), UN Programme Duration: 4 months (September to December 2015) Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for applications: 9 August 2015

This is an exciting internship in Geneva with ILGA: the world organization of more than 1200 LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) member sorganizations. The intern will provide assistance to ILGA’s United Nations Programme, in particular in preparation for and follow-up to the 30th Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, and engagement with the UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures. The intern will also support representatives of ILGA’s members while they are in Geneva attending UN meetings. 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 four months, commencing on 1 September 2015 and ending on 31 December 2015. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but the candidate would ideally be available to work full-time during the Human Rights Council (14 September to 4 October).

Main tasks:

  • Assisting ILGA’s UN Programme staff in their work at the UN and with its human rights mechanisms.
  • Liaising with ILGA members in preparation for Treaty Body and UPR sessions for their countries.
  • Attending the HRC at the UN and other relevant meetings and sessions.
  • Carrying out organisational and administrative tasks together with other UN Programme staff.

Main requirements:

  • Knowledge of the UN System, in particular the workings and procedures of the HRC, the UPR and the Treaty Bodies.
  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Fluent English and conversational French. Other UN language skills an asset, especially Spanish.


  • This is an unpaid internship and ILGA does not cover any costs for visa or living expenses during the internship. However, ILGA offers a contribution for lunch costs for days worked, and will cover local public transport costs during the internship.
  • The successful intern will have opportunities to work with representatives of LGBTI organisations from around the world and other NGOs in Geneva.
  • A temporary ground pass allowing access to UN buildings.Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to email their CV with a cover letter addressing how they meet the criteria to: Helen Nolan ([email protected]) and Ulises Quero ([email protected]). The interviews will be conducting in person for the successful candidates applying from Geneva and via Skype from those applying from other locations.

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