Paid Internship: International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission

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 and provide support to Commissioners upon their visits to New York City.

In addition to supporting the NY office for an average of about 4 hours a week, the intern will travel to Switzerland for 1 week in late February 2017 for the Annual Meeting and Bureau Meeting of the IHFFC.

The IHFFC is an independent treaty body created according to Art. 90 of First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention. 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:

o    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;

o    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;

o    to report the results of this monitoring and observation to the President and the Secretariat of the IHFFC;

o    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;

o    to support the members of the Commission when attending meetings in New York both in administrative and substantive tasks (e.g., conducting outreach for meetings with relevant parties, organizing speaking engagements, creating itineraries, etc.);

o    to attend the Annual Meeting and Bureau Meeting in Switzerland in February 2017 to record minutes, provide meeting and drafting assistance, and complete any additional follow up tasks;

o    to provide regular updates via email on relevant work to the President and Secretariat of the Commission.

For the duration of his/her functions, the intern will have the status of a member of the delegation of the IHFFC, including access to UN premises when deemed useful by the IHFFC and its Secretariat. A number of NYU Law students have performed the role of IHFFC intern since 2010, and the experience has been positive on both sides.

The internship is organized by the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Students interested in applying for the post should send a CV, transcript, and a cover letter outlining any relevant experience, to mercadop@mercury.law.nyu.edu by 5pm on Friday, November 11, 2016. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held on Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16. The selected student will be notified before Thanksgiving.