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Internship opportunity for 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa and the region that implement programmes which promote and protect human rights. FHR are currently implementing a programme in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development called Socio-Economic Justice for All (SEJA) which aims at increased awareness, respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights and socio-economic rights for all people. The programme prioritises vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The Foundation seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Duration: 12 months, January 2016 - December 2016.

Responsibilities:

Internship Objectives

  • Encourage those interested and committed to working in strengthening human rights based approaches to building civil society;
  • Contribute to addressing the problems relating to skills shortage, by increasing the skills level of those entering the labour market;
  • Improve the chances of employment in the chosen field by enhancing the capacity of the interns, while at the same time and in return, getting some value for the Foundation;
  • Contribute to the job-readiness of interns by exposing them to a practical working experience/environment;
  • Inculcate human rights values in interns and strive to ensure that such values become part of their work ethic;
  • Enhance the capacity of the FHR with an increased number of staff available to take on a range of administrative and programmatic functions.

Generic objectives

  • Participate actively in assigned programme work, ensuring that systems, processes and outputs are grounded in FHR values;
  • Participate in internal communication and teamwork;
  • Work within the programme team to ensure the effective implementation of organisation’s objectives;
  • As and when required within reason, work beyond the scope of any job description.

Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of and commitment to human rights, especially in a South African context;
  • A postgraduate degree in social sciences such as: Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Social Science, International Relations, Law and Sociology;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Additional language skills and project work experience are a plus.

To apply, please submit a CV (without certificates), motivational letter and the details of two contactable referees to Liora Hellmann at HR(at)fhr.org.za or fax to 086-614-9533 by 12h00 on 18 September 2016.