28 November 2012

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Brussels
Paid internship on the project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2013

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) offers in its EMHRN Brussels office a paid internship ('internship convention' under Belgian Law) from 3 January 2013 until end July 2013 to assist on its project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians.

Background
The EMHRN was founded in January 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. It is the coordinating body of about 70 human rights organisations and institutions as well as individuals from over 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Rooted in civil society the EMHRN seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region, i.e. networking aimed at strengthening the capacity of members to act and interact within the context of the region and the Barcelona process and other EU-Arab cooperation frameworks. The EMHRN Brussels’ office advocates for human rights with the EU institutions.
EMHRN’s project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians aims at setting human rights and international humanitarian law at the heart of the Middle East Peace Process by raising awareness in Europe, Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the Arab region on the EU’s human rights commitments and actions in its relations with Israel. Through its Working Group on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians (PIP WG), the EMHRN has for the past 11 years engaged in reviewing the obligations, commitments and actions of the EU and its Member States under international human rights and humanitarian law in relation to Israel and advocates for changes in EU’s policies and actions accordingly. The PIP WG also monitors EU’s human rights commitments and actions in its relation with the Palestinian Authority. The PIP WG is a unique group of 15 representatives of Israeli, Palestinian, European and Arab human rights organizations who jointly do advocacy work in Europe.

More about the network
More about the PIP WG

The internship
The internship offers the possibility to learn about the work of the EMHRN, especially its advocacy work targeting the EU institutions and European Member States in relation to violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Israel and the OPT.
The internship consists of assistance and administrative support in the following areas:
• Supporting the coordinator in the organization of the activities of the PIP WG, including meetings of the PIP WG, advocacy missions and trainings.
• Monitoring human rights and EU/UN policies in its relations with Israel and the OPT;
• Sending and promoting materials and reports of the PIP WG;
• Communication with EMHRN members, EU institutions, media, international/European NGOs and partners;
• Participating in various meetings, notes taking and preparation of meeting reports;
• Assisting in the coordination with the members of the PIP WG during the drafting of reports, statements, press releases and other documents published by the EMHRN on Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians;
• Ensuring the printing, translation and publishing of the materials and reports produced by the PIP WG;
• Participating in PIP activities on an ad hoc basis in Brussels and Europe;
• Updating EMHRN’s contacts database.


Qualifications
• University degree in law, political or social science. Other similar qualifications may also be considered;
• Knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions. Knowledge of UN mechanisms an asset;
• Interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and international human rights and humanitarian law;

• Interest for civil society work;
• Languages: Excellent written and spoken English as well as knowledge of French;

• Strong IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, data-base);
• The intern should be self-motivated, well organized and able to work fast and keep deadlines.


To apply
If interested, please send your CV and covering letter with the subject line 'Application Intern PIP WG' to Ms Marie Picalausa by 30 November 2012.
Interviews will be held on 7 December 2012. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted the week of 3 December. The candidate selected will need to be available 3 days mid-December for an introduction program.

You can download the job description in PDF format here.

The EMHRN aims at ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the ground of race, color, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

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