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Programme Intern - Asia Pacific Region

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HURIDOCS is seeking an intern to join our diverse programme team. We are looking for someone who is at the beginning of their career with a demonstrated keen interest in information management and building tech in support of human rights. 

Through the course of this 6-month internship, you will gain a deep understanding of the challenges faced by human rights groups across the Asia Pacific region, particularly around their information and documentation needs. You will work closely with Team Asia who will strive to ensure that you have a well-rounded experience working alongside human rights organisations and defenders throughout the region. 

We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and encourage those from underrepresented communities to apply. 


Employment terms: A commitment of 6 months, part-time (minimum 20 hours a week) is expected. The number of days and working hours will be mutually agreed upon. 

Stipend and Academic Credit: We believe that skilled-contribution must be duly recognised. With this in mind, we offer a competitive stipend determined by the cost of living in your location. Interns also receive paid vacation time and bank holidays. If you are a student who is eligible to apply for academic credit, we would be happy to accomplish the necessary paperwork set by your educational institution.  

Work arrangements: While you will be working remotely, we require that you be based in the Asia Pacific region throughout the duration of your internship. The candidate will be directly supervised by HURIDOCS’ Programme Officer who is based between Nepal and India. You will also need to collaborate with colleagues and partners who are distributed across several other time zones.

Time period: Mid February to September 2022 (these dates are flexible and to be agreed upon).

Responsibilities

You will be working closely with Team Asia and the wider team to:

  • Research and assess the needs of potential and established partners
  • Provide support in implementing projects with partners across the Asia Pacific region
  • Provide support to partners on human rights documentation
  • Onboard partners on our flagship documentation tool, Uwazi
  • Work on projects that require data migration between platforms
  • Ideate and build data models to support the setup of a database within Uwazi
  • Assist in identifying and developing localised resources for the community (guides, templates, demos)
  • Participate in weekly Team Asia meetings and other organisational gatherings
  • Engage in relevant regional trainings
  • Provide general administrative and operational support

Skills and experience

You are likely just beginning your career, so this is an opportunity for you to learn and grow, while also contributing to a small dynamic team. The skills and experience we are looking for in a candidate include:

  • Interest in, knowledge of, or experience with technology, data, information management and human rights
  • Good understanding of the current political, legal, and social contexts pertaining to human rights issues in the Asia Pacific region
  • Familiarity with the work of human rights organizations
  • Experience or interest in creating engaging and useful resources
  • Attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation
  • Proficient in English and strength/interest in writing
  • Proactive in communication 
  • Comfortable working independently and with colleagues from diverse backgrounds across different time zones
  • Enthusiastic to learn and is curious in the face of challenges
  • Respect for and openness to other cultures

We’ll be extra enthusiastic if you’ve got these qualities (not required):

  • Fluency in any additional Asian language(s) 
  • Data management skills (e.g. cleaning datasets, importing structured information, and modeling and managing large quantities and types of data)
  • Direct experience working with information needs of human rights defenders and groups


We welcome diversity and do not discriminate on any basis, including age, gender identity, nationality or sexual orientation. Our team consists of parents and non-parents, self-taught and degree-educated. We seek to create a supportive working environment based around the following values: 

  • Be honest, transparent and dependable
  • Practice appreciation, well-being, compassion, and care
  • Pursue growth and learning

About HURIDOCS

Human rights groups need evidence, law and research in order to advocate justice and accountability. HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) is an NGO that helps these groups gather, organise and make sense of such collections of information. We partner with organisations to create solutions for their specific documentation and information management needs, and we also develop an open-source database application called Uwazi to facilitate this work.

Founded in 1982, HURIDOCS is deeply rooted in the human rights movement, with decades of field experience and expertise in documentation methodologies and technology. Our team is made up of human rights practitioners, software developers and designers, united by a belief in the power of accurate, accessible information and by a respect for human dignity and freedom. We operate a small office in Geneva, Switzerland, but the majority of our team is distributed across the world in several countries.

HURIDOCS is seeking an intern to join our diverse programme team. We are looking for someone who is at the beginning of their career with a demonstrated keen interest in information management and building tech in support of human rights…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    February 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    January 24, 2022
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    We pay our interns based on the cost of living in their location. For a 20-hour part-time internship, the range would be between USD 300 and 700 per month. Interns also receive paid vacation time and bank holidays.
  • Hours Per Week
    A commitment of 6 months, part-time (minimum 20 hours a week) is expected. The number of days and working hours will be mutually agreed upon.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter to jobs@huridocs.org by Monday, 24th January 2022, including in the subject line “Asia Programme Internship”. If you have specific questions regarding the role itself, please reach out to natasha@huridocs.org. Applicants can expect to receive correspondence regarding the next steps in your candidacy on or around 31 January 2022.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter to jobs@huridocs.org by Monday, 24th January 2022, including in the subject line “Asia Programme…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
3 Rue de Varembé, Geneva, GE 1202, Switzerland

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