Program development Internship (1 position available, flexible start date)

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in human rights and social justice. Interns should be working towards (or have completed) a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Criminology, Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution etc. Applicants pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminology, International Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Law, or pursuing a career within the realm of Courts advocacy are preferred.
Additionally, the prospective intern should be hard-working, able to adapt to a foreign culture and environment and willing to share his or her skills and knowledge with the placement organisation and must be able to innovatively solve problems. Interns are asked to bring their own laptop for work.
Basic responsibilities and potential tasks:

  1. • Develop human rights training manuals and other educational material
  2. • Conduct trainings for staff in the areas of proposal writing and report writing
  3. • Assist in writing grant proposals
  4. • Assist in writing reports
  5. • Assisting with the regular tasks of the WAHRC and its members, which consist in human rights monitoring/documentation, court monitoring, prison monitoring, and police and FSU (family support Unit) monitoring
  6. • Help to coordinate the activities of the committee and its members
  7. • Any other duty as assigned

Occasionally, the intern may be asked to work with a member organization of the committee on a specific project. This will be a great way for prospective interns to learn about networking and building platforms for civil society organisations. Additionally, interns are welcome to work on their own research projects, alone or in collaboration with the committee or one of its members (depending on the topic).

 

Resource Development Intern for Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) (Flexible start date, two positions available)

CARL seeks to promote a just society for all persons in Sierra Leone through monitoring institutions of accountability, outreach, and advocacy for institutional transparency, capacity building and empowerment of citizens. CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the court for both the local and international community.

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: human rights, social justice, media advocacy, and monitoring of the justice system. Interns should be working toward (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Resource Development and External Relations, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media Advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights, International Law, or pursuing a career within the realm of Courts Advocacy will be preferred.

Since this position includes a significant amount of editing and writing, mastery of the English language is required, and each candidate is required to submit a brief writing sample for review.

Basic Responsibilites:

  1. The Resource Development Intern will be responsible for activities in public outreach, marketing, and increasing donations for core funding within CARL.
  2. Work with the Director to determine an appropriate resource development target during your internship (increased website visits, increased presence online, increased radio presence, as well as a monetary target).
  3. Coordinate media programs and outreach activities, services and/or program implementation in collaboration with relevant institutions in partnership with CARL.
  4. Work on developing relationships between new and/or potential donors and CARL.
  5. Strengthen ties to former interns and existing staff to act as a network for fundraising coordination.
  6. Create and maintain an active grants database for CARL.
  7. Write grant proposals and actively seek funding from donors.
  8. Update and increase CARL’s media presence via online marketing, social media development, and fundraising campaign strategies (pamphlets, radio broadcasts, etc).
  9. Design and write a fundraising campaign strategy for CARL.
  10. Any other duty that may be assigned.

This is an opportunity to engage with the local community and business leaders, becoming more familiar with what it takes to lead a successful fundraising campaign and how non-profits seek to generate funds.

Any intern must be well versed in CARL’s mission and goals, keep in regular contact with External Relations staff, and most importantly, be energetic and outgoing.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

 

Complaints Registrar Intern- Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) (flexible start dates)

Human Rights- Complaints Registrar (Junior Intern, flexible start dates)

Reports to: Director of Complaints Investigation and Legal services, Senior Intern

Junior interns are expected to have at minimum a high school diploma, and preferably are working towards a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Business, International Development, Sociology, Human Rights, International Law, etc. You will receive extensive guidance and training provided by the Director of Complaints Investigation and Legal Services, and should have a committed interest to gaining relevant work experience in a human rights organisation within a developing country.

Job Purpose and Basic Responsibilities

The complaints Registrar will work under the supervision of the Director of complaints, investigations and legal services and will perform the following:

  1. Coordinate activities of the registry of HRCSL.
  2. Receive, record and process complaints from the public.
  3. Compile and catalog all complaints of human rights violations nationwide.
  4. Help in designing and providing training of staff and focal points receiving and investigating complaints.
  5. Prepare weekly, monthly, and if applicable, quarterly annual reports on the status of complaints received by the HRCSL.
  6. Coordinate regional offices handling complaints on behalf of HRCSL.
  7. Any duty that may be assigned.

ACIPP- Sierra Leone interns live in the ACIPP house located on Jabbie Street, Calaba town, Sierra Leone. The house will be fully furnished and has western style toilets and plumbing. Interns may be placed 2-3 to a room. Please let us know if you have any special accommodation or dietary concerns.

Time commitment: Our internships are generally no shorter than 8 weeks time (although exceptions can and have been made). The internship can last up to six months.

Academic Credit: Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

Junior Human Rights Officers, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) (flexible start dates, four positions available)

Junior interns are expected to be working toward a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Business, International Development, Sociology, Human Rights, International Law, etc. Interns should be Juniors/Seniors or have three years of experience working in the field. You will receive extensive guidance and training provided by the Director of Complaints, Investigation, and Legal Services, and should have a committed interest to gaining relevant work experience in a human rights organisation within a developing country.

Reports To: The Director, Complaints, Investigations and Legal services

Job Purpose and Basic Responsibilities

The Human Rights Officers shall work under the supervision of the senior Human Rights Officer or any other officer. The incumbents will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on human rights violations, receiving and investigating allegations of human rights violations, and promoting human rights education throughout Sierra Leone. In addition, the successful candidate will carry out the following responsibilities:

  1. Participate in investigations and resolutions of complaints on human rights violations.
  2. Gather and collate information and catalogue systemic violations on human rights.
  3. Inspect prisons and other detention places.
  4. Participate in the drafting of annual and periodic reports on the human rights for the consolidation of the HRCSL.
  5. Contribute towards the creation of human rights of the awareness in the country.
  6. Conduct education and training on human rights for the general public.
  7. Undertake monitoring activities and investigations into human rights violations in Sierra Leone, report and make recommendations based on analysis and facts of legal issues.
  8. Research and collect information on human rights violations.
  9. Assist in the analysis of information, to determine patterns of human rights violations.
  10. Establish and maintain a national data base on human rights.

Competences:  Demonstrate research and analytical skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work as part of a team and without supervision; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, and a commitment to human rights values.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

 

Court Monitoring/Social Justice Intern- Centre for Accountability and the rule of law (CARL) (flexible start dates, two positions available)

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: human rights, social justice, media advocacy, and monitoring of the justice system. Interns should be working toward (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Criminology, Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media Advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Criminology, International Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Law, or pursuing a career within the realm of Courts Advocacy are preferred, with special preference given to those with experience in police work or police monitoring.

Since this position includes a significant amount of editing and writing, mastery of the English language is required, and each candidate is required to submit a brief writing sample for review.

Basic Responsibilities:

1. Accompany staff in monitoring high profile court cases in the Sierra Leone special courts, high courts, and criminal courts. These court buildings are not always in the best condition, so interns should be duly prepared.

2. Work with the Director and accompanying staff to write and edit reports of court activities, to ensure that courts remain accountable to the general public and that justice has been upheld.

3. Edit and develop existing methods for recording and evaluating court activities.

4. This position may include travel to the provinces (expenses to be covered by CARL) where the intern will be expected to attend court trials, hear community cases, and work with trained community monitors in cases related to domestic abuse and gender violence, child abuse, political violence, and anti-corruption cases.

5. Develop programmes and conduct research for the best means of monitoring police accountability and police activity.

6. Any other duty as assigned.

This is an opportunity to engage with the local community and business leaders, becoming more familiar with what it takes to lead a successful monitoring campaign in a post-conflict setting.

Any intern must be well versed in CARL’s mission and goals and most importantly, be energetic and outgoing.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

 

Senior Human Rights Officer – Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) (flexible start dates, four positions available)

Senior interns are expected to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Business, International Development, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, International Law, etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights or pursuing a career within the realm of Human Rights or International Law will be preferred. You may also be expected to supervise another intern during your internship, and will act as a fully functioning member of the HRCSL team, with extensive guidance and training provided by the Director of Complaints Investigation and Legal Services and the Director of Education Communications and Training.

Reports To: Director of Complaints Investigation and Legal Services/Director of Education Communication and Training

Job Purpose and Basic Responsibilities

The successful candidates will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on human rights violations, receiving and investigating allegations of human right violations, and promoting human rights education throughout Sierra Leone. S/he must be innovative, creative and highly organised with experience in developing and implementing HRE programmes and training. The successful candidate will work on a range of legal issues including monitoring the courts, treatment of detainees, and promote legal reforms in the light of international human rights law. In addition, the successful candidate shall coordinate and undertake monitoring activities and investigations into human rights violations in Sierra Leone and perform the following tasks:

  1. Supervise and coordinate the activities of the human rights officers and other partners.
  2. Research, collect and analyse information pertaining to human rights violations.
  3. Under the direction of the director of DICLS, provide HRCSL’S support to the government on the human rights implications of draft legislations.
  4. Make reports relating to human rights violations and recommendations to remedy violations and produce articles for publication.
  5. Develop human rights training programs for government officials, national institutions, law enforcement officials, security forces, civil society and human rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in order to promote national capacity building
  6. Assist in promoting efforts for community mobilisation and sensitisation on human rights issues.
  7. Carry out or participate with commissioners and staff in decision making with relevant authorities and public officials with the aim of stopping or preventing human rights violations or seek other remedial action to prevent similar violations occurring in the future.
  8. Liaise with the executive, judiciary, parliament, other national institutions NGOs, civil society organisations, UN agencies and other partners to obtain data on the human rights situation, with special attention to vulnerable groups.
  9. Prepare periodic reports on the human rights situation nationwide.

Competence: Knowledge and understanding of human rights related matters, research and analytical skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of relevant issues/problems, basic knowledge of the HRCSL mandates, skill in developing sources for data collection, ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plan, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given, ability to draft a variety of reports, correspondent, good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spread sheet, and other relevant software packages.

Work Experience:  At least three years of progressively responsible professional work experience closely related to human rights, experience of field human rights monitoring is highly desirable.