Frank Jennings Internship (by Front Line Defenders)


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
Dublin and Geneva


The Frank Jennings Internship has been set up to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the protection of human rights defenders in an international NGO and at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It is named after Front Line Defenders' former Head of Research who died after a long illness in 2005. Frank made a huge contribution to the development of human rights activism in Ireland and candidates who have some experience of human rights work in Ireland will be given priority.


The Frank Jennings Intern spends 3 months at Front Line Defenders where he/she will be trained in relation to Human Rights Defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the procedures and methodology of the mandate; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of Human Rights Defenders. The intern will then move to Geneva for a period 6 months before returning to Front Line Defenders for a further 3 months.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

The intern will be able to draft well and have good analytical skills. He/she will have some knowledge of the UN system and international and human rights law. He/she must be able to work in both English and Spanish (please note we can’t make exceptions to the language requirements). He/she will be able to work on own initiative and as a member of a team. He/she will have good oral and written communication skills and be computer literate. He/she will be flexible and co-operative. Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of Human Rights would be desirable.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Honorarium: €1200 per month Dublin and €1400 per month Geneva.

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