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Internship: Safeguarding Trans* People’s Rights

  • Closing date: 25 Dec 2017
  • Vacancy number: INT 104


The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD is now accepting applications for an internship position, starting in January 2018, to assist with the further development and initiation of the new research project, “Beyond Binary: Safeguarding Trans* People’s Rights”. The intern may also support the implementation of other research and communication activities.

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:
  • Provide research assistance for the project indicated above, and other related projects and communications activities as required.
  • Work with external partners and assist in planning and facilitating events (including a project kick-off workshop).
  • Assist with background research on existing recommendations and gaps on trans* rights issues in social development;
  • Assist with preparing communications materials and publications.
  • Contribute to tasks related to project management, fundraising and networking.
  • Produce a short paper, literature review, article or similar output, on a subject related to the Beyond Binary project.

Qualifications, skills and competencies:
  • The applicant should be pursuing, or have completed, a degree in social policy, development policy, public policy or another related social science discipline, dealing with developing countries as case studies.
  • Knowledgeable in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and proofreading skills in English, other UN languages an asset.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take initiative.
  • Experience in project management and communications support is an asset.

This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme.
  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns);
    (i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    (ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or;
    (iii) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Interns are not financially remunerated;
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns' travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.

The deadline for applications is 25 December 2017 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date in January 2018 to be mutually agreed. The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension up to six months. Full- or part-time internships can be discussed based upon selection of a candidate.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. Transgender candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please use the "motivation" section for a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications. Please use the “statement” section to explain your understanding of this project as well as your ideas to contribute to it.

Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

UNRISD vacancies are posted at www.unrisd.org/vacancies. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed promptly of any openings.