At the International Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland


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Advocacy and Communications Internships

 40 hours/week (possibility of part-time), position for 4-6 months (starting date as soon as possible to be discussed).

About Defence for Children International:

Defence for Children International (DCI) is a leading child rights-focused international non-governmental organization that has been promoting children’s rights since 1979, when it was involved in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and possesses special consultative ECOSOC status since 1991. DCI is a membership-based, grassroots movement, placing all its members on equal footing; for it is primarily built upon the localized efforts of its 40 National sections worldwide, and is continuing to grow. It aims to ensure ongoing, practical, systematic and concerted action towards the effective implementation of the human rights codified in the UNCRC by means of its effective coordination between different levels (national, regional and international) and its active membership within key international networks and fora, in particular Child Rights Connect and its different Working Groups.


The position:

The position is within the International Secretariat based in Geneva. The Advocacy Intern assists the Advocacy Coordinator in all advocacy initiatives of the DCI Movement as well as the (internal and external) communication activities of the International Secretariat. The International Secretariat communicates in three languages (English, French and Spanish) to its National Sections and consists of three permanent staff.

The intern will be working particularly on the following themes (but not limited to):

  • Access to justice for children
  • Children deprived of liberty
  • Protection of the rights of children in the context of migration
  • Specific vulnerabilities of girls


Main responsibilities:

  • Attend and report on relevant sessions of UN Human Rights mechanisms, such as the Committee of the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review
  • Assist in the preparation of side-events, oral statements to be delivered in UN Human Rights mechanisms and support the follow-up of country reviews where DCI has presence
  • Assist in advocacy activities in support of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty
  • Conduct background research on specific subjects mentioned above
  • Liaise with DCI National Sections, particularly in the context of DCI’s Strategic Framework 2017-2021
  • Assist in monitoring and reporting on project activities
  • Support the internal and external communication through drafting concise texts and translating texts and documents as necessary
  • Updating the organization’s website and social media as necessary



The profile:

  • University degree in international law, political sciences, social sciences, communication, international relations, human/child rights or related field
  • A good understanding of the functioning of the United Nations human rights mechanisms
  • Project cycle knowledge and/or experience is a plus
  • An excellent command of both written and spoken English as well as French and/or Spanish; other DCI languages and translation experience welcome
  • Good communication skills, especially written: drafting and editing; experience with website management is a plus
  • Fully computer literate; skilled and confident user of Microsoft 365; knowledge of SharePoint welcome
  • Intercultural and interpersonal sensitivity and ability to represent DCI professionally in international fora
  • Proactive and can-do attitude, readiness to help out other team members as necessary


We offer:

  • Insight into the internal and external working of a global grass-roots Movement
  • Insight into the United Nation’s human rights mechanisms and how a NGOs can influence international policies
  • Insight into the work of National Sections’ in 40 countries in all regions of the world
  • International working environment and being part of a small but dynamic team: your motivation decides the role and responsibilities assigned to you.
  • Links to other key child rights organizations working in Geneva


DCI is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) and an application letter (max. 1 page, indicating your preferred starting date and duration of the internship) in English outlining how their qualifications meet the above requirements to the following address: until 02.07.2017, with the subject line “Application Internship”. Starting date as soon as possible to be confirmed upon mutual agreement.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted until 01.08.2017, please consider that your application has not been successful this time.


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In the field


All inquiries regarding work, internship and volunteer opportunities with DCI national sections (in more thant 45 countries) shall be sent to them directly.

Please consult the list of our national sections by clicking here.

*If you wish to become a national section of Defence for Children International, please go to this page to know all the details about the application process.