Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is a network of more than 1300 parliamentarians from 142 countries around the world who use their legislative and political prerogatives for the solution of global problems and to undertake specific actions and international initiatives with the support of PGA’s secretariat. PGA works on an expanded list of global issues such as fostering democracy, conflict prevention and management, international law and human rights, population and sustainable development.
In 2013, PGA launched its Global Parliamentary Platform for the Abolition of the Death Penalty with the goal of enhancing the impact of individual parliamentarian initiatives worldwide. This platform works for the ratification of international legal norms prohibiting the death penalty, including the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty. PGA has been recognized as the international parliamentary network relevant for the abolition of the death penalty, after gaining this official designation during the Annual Assembly of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty in 2014.
The PGA Secretariat operates from both the Headquarters in New York and the office in The Hague. PGA is a Steering Committee member of the Coalition of NGOs for the ICC.
POSITION: INTERN FOR THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, Fall-Winter 2016-17
Parliamentarians for Global Action is recruiting one French-speaking intern for its Hague-based office.
The intern will work under the supervision of the Legal Officer and the Programme Officer and with relevant staff in various tasks pertaining to the PGA’s International Law and Human Rights Programme, in particular the ICC Campaign and the Campaign on the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
The intern will be involved in administrative, logistic, and research activities, including providing support in the organization of meetings and events to be held in The Hague and worldwide.
The intern will support the team in collecting and organizing information on stakeholders and political developments in different regions of the world, and establishing and maintaining communication with PGA member parliamentarians on behalf of the PGA Secretariat. In addition, the intern will support the administration of the Campaign’s database of contacts and outreach tools.
Additionally, the intern will be involved in communications, logistic, and research activities, including providing support in the organization of meetings and events to be held in The Hague and worldwide. Most importantly, the intern will assist in organizing PGA’s next Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians on the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law (CAP ICC), to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in December 2016. The intern will support the team in collecting, organizing and disseminating information in connection to the CAP ICC and other projects, establishing and maintaining communication with PGA members on behalf of the PGA Secretariat. In addition, the intern will support the administration of the Campaign’s database of contacts and the coordination of PGA’s social media, website and outreach tools.
Through this internship the selected candidate will acquire programme management, advocacy and legal skills, and will have the opportunity of contributing directly to the universality and effectiveness of the Rome Statute, as well as the universal abolition of the death penalty. The intern will have the opportunity to establish direct substantive contact with politicians, international organisations and courts based in the Hague and human rights activists worldwide.
The internship will begin in November 2016 and will last 4 months. The internship comprises 35 hours of work per week. Due to lack of funds, this internship is unpaid.
Graduate studies with proven track of exposure to international criminal, human rights and international law;
Excellent written and oral communication, research and writing skills;
Previous exposure to the International Criminal Court system;
Advanced computer skills (notably in database management, excel and text processor);
Proven ability to work in teams, as well as independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines.
Proven ability to take initiatives when needed;
Proven flexibility and adaptability to horizontal structures;
Commitment towards social justice and the rule of law; and
Interest in political processes and the role of individuals to generate political will and transform it in concrete actions.
Proficiency in English and French (mother tongue or fluency acquired otherwise).
Exposure to international organizations;
Policy research and analysis, stakeholder identification, knowledge of international system.
Experience in international event management, customer service and logistical support;
Communications expertise (including management of social media, website and other communication tools); AND
Desired additional language business proficiency in Arabic or Spanish.
The successful applicant will need to have the right to reside in The Netherlands for the duration of the internship and will be required to provide proof of health insurance. PGA cannot assist in immigration or any other application process. PGA cannot make any financial contributions to relocating to The Netherlands.
HOW TO APPLY:
No phone calls or further email inquiries, please.
Qualified applicants should submit a single file indicating their Last. The file should include:
1. A Cover Letter (in English) indicating their motivation, concrete competencies and confirming availability to commence in November.
2. Resume/CV (in English), including a section with the name and relation to three professional References.
Please apply by Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11pm GMT+1. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be reviewed.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Short-listed candidates will be invited to take part in a test of competencies and a phone interview at the end of October. The internship would commence in November, in consultation with the selected candidate.
We regret to be unable to further contact or notify unsuccessful applicants for this position.