Breaking News Videos

Vacancy: Pre-session Internship, Policy and Advocacy Programme (6 months)

Internships at UPR Info

UPR Info is currently recruiting a Pre-sessions Intern within the Policy and Advocacy Programme. Internships are vital to our organization and we strive to provide a unique learning experience that fully engages interns in meaningful work. Reporting to the Programme Manager, interns at UPR Info are given significant responsibilities, including tasks to perform both independently and in cooperation with other team members.


The internship will include, but will not be limited to the following tasks:

  • Assisting with communications, writing news articles and concept notes, preparing infographics, drafting press releases, and drafting social media messaging;
  • assisting with preparation ahead of the Pre-sessions, including drafting invitations, booking flights, accommodation, and visas for participants;
  • communicating directly with invitees and participants, as well as service providers;
  • organizing logistics and assisting the UPR Info Team and participants during the Pre-sessions; and
  • developing multimedia tools.

In addition, the intern will monitor and report on the 36th session of the UPR Working Group and the 43rd and 44th sessions of the Human Rights Council, and UPR Info’s Pre-sessions in April, all of which take place at the Palais des Nations.

Profile Requirements

To be considered for an internship at UPR Info, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree, or higher), at the time of application in one of the following fields: human rights, international relations, international law, or international development;
  • interest in international human rights mechanisms, the United Nations system, and the Universal Periodic Review (related experience would be an asset);
  • strong analytical skills
  • strong interest and experience in social media communications;
  • experience in event coordination and logistics;
  • native proficiency in oral and written English or French (with good working knowledge of the other). Written knowledge of other UN languages is a strong asset, especially Spanish; and
  • able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.

Internship conditions

This internship is based in Geneva and is full time for a period of 6 months from February-July 2020. UPR Info is the proud initiator of the We Pay Our Interns initiative, and the intern will receive a stipend of CHF 1’500 per month for the duration of the internship.

How to apply

Please send ONLY your CV (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum) in PDF to before midnight (CEST) on 18 November 2019. Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Please clearly indicate the name of your academic institution and expected date of graduation (month/year) in your cover letter. Applications that do not include this information will not be considered.

Please indicate ‘Application for Pre-sessions Programme’ in the subject line of the email.

Next Steps

We are grateful for your interest in the work of UPR Info. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The interviews are likely to be held (in person or via Skype) in December.

UPR Info is an equal opportunities employer. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Pre-sessions 35 : Programme now available

UPR Info is pleased to invite you to the 35th Pre-session on the 10th, 11th and 12th of December, in the Room XXIV of the Palais des Nations. During this event CSOs from Guinea, Lesotho, Kenya, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Armenia, Kuwait, Sweden, Kiribati, Guyana and Turkey will take the floor. The programme of the 35th pre-session is now availabable on our website in English, French and Spanish

Pre-sessions 34 : Statements and presentations now available

UPR Info is pleased to announce that all the statements and presentations of the participants to the 34th pre-session are now availabable on our website. Angola, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar and Slovenia.

Who we are

UPR Info is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Geneva with a regional office in Nairobi. It aims to raise awareness of the Universal Periodic Review and to provide capacity-building tools to all stakeholders, such as UN Member States, NHRIs, parliamentarians, civil society, media, and academics.

UPR Info has five focus areas:

  • Capacity BuildingUPR Info is a centre of excellence for the UPR, and seeks to share its expertise with all UPR stakeholders. In addition to training workshops and publications, UPR Info provides world-wide access to the UPR mechanism through its website. 
  • Awareness-raisingUPR Info works to raise awareness about the UPR and contributes through policy dialogue to strengthen the UPR mechanism.

  • Pre-sessionsUPR Info’s Pre-sessions provide CSOs with a strategic advocacy platform to address the human rights issues affecting their country. This programme ensures all human rights issues, and voices of marginalised groups, are discussed prior to the review in Geneva. The Pre-sessions bring CSOs, NHRIs and Recommending States together to influence the recommendations that will be made at the subsequent UPR Working Group Session.

  • UPR Info’s Database of Recommendations holds all UPR recommendations and provides analysis tools and statistics to enhance the monitoring of implementation.
  • In-country Programme: UPR Info works at the national level in selected partner countries to support domestic actors' engagement in the UPR. The programme contributes to creating and enabling UPR frameworks consisting of: robust national human rights follow-up systems; nationwide civil society UPR coalitions; and meaningful partnerships between CSOs, NHRIs and the government. Specifically, the programme is comprised of five interlinked steps, offering a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about the UPR, and to create a strategy on the implementation of recommendations issued at the UPR. Each step is carefully designed in close cooperation with national partners to address concrete needs at national level. It fosters a collaborative and inclusive approach between all UPR stakeholders.