27 November 2015

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Brussels
Internship Project Assistant
Deadline for application: 7 December 2015 

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization working in the field of human rights, self-determination, indigenous issues, democracy and non-violence. UNPO represents 42 nations, minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and was established in 1991 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. UNPO’s worldwide activities are coordinated and implemented from the organization’s advocacy office in Brussels and the headquarters in The Hague.

UNPO has a internship vacancy for a Project Assistant at its advocacy office in Brussels. The inernship is unpaid, will start in January 2016 will last 4 months (minimum).
Job description
Interns are expected to undertake tasks that include the organization of conferences, seminars and other events, the monitoring of United Nations and European Parliament events (with possible attendance depending on the period of engagement), the conducting of research on UNPO Members; website management; advocacy and lobbying, project planning and implementation; the drafting of funding applications or small development projects.


• Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous peoples and human rights.
• Ability to work under limited supervision and take initiative under tight deadlines.
• Ability to run short term, self-directed projects.
• Excellent command of oral and written English.
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Good knowledge of social media.

• Familiarity with the functioning of the European institutions, of the United Nations Human Rights Council and of other relevant bodies.
• Basic knowledge of website management or IT.
• Experience in fundraising.
• Working knowledge of one/several of these languages: French/Russian/Spanish/Portuguese/Turkish/German.
• Being an English or French native speaker is an asset. 

Please note that applications from representatives of UNPO Members are encouraged.

How to apply
If you are interested in undertaking an internship at UNPO please send an application that includes the following:
• Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to UNPO General Secretary Mr Marino Busdachin
• Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only)
• Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1000 words in English, preferably relevant to the work of UNPO)

Please mark in the subject line: 'Internship Application – Project Assistant: your name' and indicate clearly in your letter the exact time period you would be available for an internship placement. Send your complete application to brusselsinternships@unpo.org.

Applications not meeting the criteria above risk being disqualified from the outset.

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