3 Internships at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Intern, Human Rights & Business Programme

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) seeks to engage an intern to work for its human rights and business programme.

The Human Rights and Business Programme focuses on strengthening national implementation of human rights in relation to economic activities, supporting relevant mechanisms at UN and regional levels, as well as on mainstreaming integration of human rights within trade and investments frameworks.  The intern will be working on various projects in the department.  The intern’s duties may include:

  • Research and supporting development of policy interventions in connection with international regulation of business and human rights including the UN inter-governmental working group mandated to consider the elaboration of a treaty to provide for legal accountability of transnational corporations for human rights abuses.  This will embrace reviews of both academic and policy literature.
  • Research and coordination activities to support the Learning Laboratory on Public Procurement and Human Rights that DIHR aims to launch together with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown University and Nottingham University whose research teams the intern will be expected to collaborate with remotely.
  • Research on investment law and human rights, to inform development of guidance for states with regard to their duties under Pillar I of the UN Guiding Principles.
  • Various tasks relating to the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) project such as: Background research, assistance in the development of a sector wide impact assessment, administrative assistance to implementation and project management, including reporting and internal and external communication. http://www.myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org/
  • Other research and support on human rights and business topics and activities on an ad hoc basis.

The learning objective is to provide the intern with an introduction to business and human rights, as a newly established sub-disciplinary field within the domain of international human rights law.  The intern will gain an understanding of key frameworks and current issues in business and human rights, as well as of the functions and activities of a national human rights institution.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience or academic interest in human rights or corporate social responsibility
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics within the HRB field.
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Other languages in particular Spanish and French will be an advantage.
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Experience relating to development NGOs, human rights & business issues through extra-curricular activities, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

All applicants must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies or related field.  You also have to be enrolled in a university programme for the entire period of the internship.  This is a mandatory requirement.

Please apply by using the form on our website http://humanrights.dk/about-us/vacancies.  Please observe that the application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page), a CV, and a short writing sample in English on a relevant topic. 

Questions can be directed at Department Coordinator Hedy Grønager at [email protected]

Location: Copenhagen

Salary: Unpaid

Contract: 6 months, 30-37 hours per week

Closing date: 1 June 2015

 

Russian-Speaking Intern

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is looking for a Russian-speaking intern to join its Human Rights & Business Country Guide project, which sits with our Human Rights and Business programme.  The Human Rights and Business programme focuses on strengthening the ability of state institutions to protect human rights in relation to economic activities, supporting implementation mechanisms at UN level, as well as on mainstreaming integration of human rights within trade and investments frameworks.

What is the Human Rights and Business Country Guide?

The Human Rights and Business Country Guide is an online guide that provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and contribute to development.  The Country Guide provides a systematic overview of human rights issues for particular attention by companies.  For each issue, the Guide provides guidance on how to ensure respect for human rights in company operations or in collaboration with local suppliers and business partners.

See more at: http://hrbcountryguide.org/

To be part of the HRB Country Guide Team

Before publishing a country-specific guide online, a large amount of country-specific information on Human Rights and Business within the specific country is collected.  This stage consists of conducting a comprehensive survey of publically available information related to the human rights impacts of companies within a specific country.  Sources for this information include international and local NGOs, media reports, international institutions and national statistical agencies.  This information is organised into business and human rights issues addressed by the Country Guide (see Issues).

The core Country Guide Team consists of two advisors, one intern and two consultants.  The intern contributes to the collection of information on one or several countries and is, after a thorough introduction and with on-going support, expected to be able to work independently on collecting information for the Draft Country Guide.  After the Draft Country Guide has been refined and developed with the local partner it will be released online and sent to stakeholders for commenting. In the autumn of 2015 we will be working with a civil society organisation from Belarus to draft a country guide for Belarus and will therefore need our intern to speak Russian so that s/he can consult resources in Russian during the research process.

The Country Guide is not only a resource but a process, which we hope that you will take part in!

The intern can expect to participate in:

  • Background research on human rights topics and business sectors
  • Country-level legal and practical research on human rights conditions in Belarus
  • General communication tasks in English
  • News and blog-posts and other external communication in relation to research
  • Assistance in the development and refinement of methodologies and material to be used for capacity building of partners.

The learning objective is to provide the intern with an introduction to business and human rights, as a newly established sub-disciplinary field within the domain of international human rights law.  The intern will gain an understanding of key frameworks and current issues in business and human rights, as well as of the functions and activities of a national human rights institution.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience or academic interest in human rights or corporate social responsibility
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics within the HRB field.
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent written and spoken Russian
  • Experience in a deadline-driven work environment
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Extra-curricular activities relating to development NGOs, human rights & business issues, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

All applicants must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies or related field.  You also have to be enrolled in a university programme for the entire period of the internship.  This is a mandatory requirement.

Please apply by using the form on our website http://humanrights.dk/about-us/vacancies.  Please observe that the application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page), a CV, and a short writing sample in English on a relevant topic. 

Questions can be directed at Department Coordinator Hedy Grønager at [email protected]

Location: Copenhagen

Salary: Unpaid

Contract: 6 months, 30-37 hours per week

Closing date: 12 June 2015

 

Intern, Corporate Engagement Programme

The Human Rights and Development Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights is working strategically to maximize the positive contribution of business in realizing rights and minimizing negative business impacts on human rights.  We are a team of experts, senior advisors, and advisors and our work is benefiting from an extensive network of business and human rights organisations and actors.  To promote good corporate human rights practices, we engage in cutting-edge research, we develop tools, training materials and advice for multinational companies, with a strong focus on implementation and impact.  We also engage in partnerships with a range of human rights organisations and institutions working across the human rights and business field.

The Human Rights and Development Department would like to invite applications for an internship with its Corporate Engagement Programme.  The Programme is aimed at generating knowledge and developing tools, methods, standards on how companies can respect human rights and contribute positively to human rights enjoyment.  The Programme includes engagement with a variety of corporate partners on improving their human rights performance and on the  development of tools and methods based on these engagements for public dissemination and use.

The Intern can expect to participate in:

  • Background research on human rights topics and business sectors
  • Country specific research on human rights and business issues for our work with corporate partners
  • Research on human rights impact assessment, grievance mechanisms and other ad-hoc human rights and business related topics.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience or academic interest in human rights or corporate social responsibility
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics within the human rights and business field
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Experience relating to development NGOs, human rights & business issues through extra-curricular activities, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

All applicants must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights, law, business studies, political science, anthropology, development studies or related field.  You also have to be enrolled in a university programme for the entire period of the internship.  This is a mandatory requirement.

Please apply by using the form on our website http://humanrights.dk/about-us/vacancies.  Please observe that the application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page), a CV, and a short writing sample in English on a relevant topic. 

Questions can be directed at Department Coordinator Hedy Grønager at [email protected]

Location: Copenhagen

Salary: Unpaid

Contract: 6 months, 30-37 hours per week

Closing date: 15 June 2015