The International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission (IHFFC) is offering a paid part-time internship to a student who will monitor the relevant work of the United Nations General Assembly and other bodies, starting in February 2015.
The IHFFC is an independent treaty body created according to Art. 90 of Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Convention and tasked with conducting inquiries in cases of alleged violations of the conventions and their additional protocols. It has observer status with the UNGA. More information on the Commission is available at www.ihffc.org.
The Swiss Government acts as the Secretariat of the Commission.
The tasks of the intern will be:
- to monitor the activities of the General Assembly of the United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations (OHCHR, ICRC, OCHA etc.) in New York in relation to fact- finding and other relevant issues for the IHFFC;
- to be present at the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations and to attend other Meetings and Conferences, at the request of the President, where this is considered useful in accordance with the scope and aims of the Commission;
- to report the results of this monitoring and observation by email to the President and the Secretariat of the IHFFC;
- to provide a short list of tasks to the President of the Commission and the Secretariat at the beginning of each month;
- to provide a short report about the activities to the President of the Commission and the Secretariat at the end of each month;
- to draw the attention of the President and the Secretariat of the Commission to events which might require the presence of members of the IHFFC; and
- to support the members of the Commission when attending meetings in New York both in administrative and substantive tasks.
For the duration of his/her functions, the intern will have the status of a member of the delegation of the IHFFC and will accordingly have access to the premises of the United Nations.
A number of NYU Law students have performed the role of IHFFC intern since 2010, and the experience has been extremely positive on both sides.
The internship is organized by the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and is open to NYU Law students exclusively. Students interested in applying for the post should send a CV, transcript, and a cover letter outlining any relevant experience, to Audrey Watne (Audrey.Watne@nyu.edu) by 5pm on February 13, 2015. Candidates will be invited to interview in mid-late February.