Advocacy Intern, Save the Children Geneva Office

Advocacy Intern, Save the Children Geneva Office
Reports to: Director and UN Representative, Geneva Advocacy Office
Based in: Geneva, Switzerland
Purpose: To support the Save the Children Geneva Office with its work on advocacy in relation to children’s rights
Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. Thirty member organisations make up Save the Children International, running programmes in over 120 countries, with a staff of more than 14,000. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.
The Geneva Office
The main goal of the Geneva advocacy office is to create positive change for children by advocating on key child rights and humanitarian issues and influencing policy at the global level to the United Nations bodies and member states based in Geneva. The SC Office in Geneva directs most of its advocacy to the mainstreaming of children’s rights into human rights mechanisms and humanitarian response. Contacts are particularly important with OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR and other NGOs as well as the UN member states and donors based in Geneva.
Job Description
The Save the Children Geneva Office is currently looking for an intern to support us in our advocacy work for a period of 6 months
· The intern’s duties will include:
  • Engagement in advocacy or programme work of the office, including conducting research and thematic analyses in support of advocacy;
  • Attend and report on relevant meetings in Geneva, including, amongst others, meetings of the Human Rights Council, IOM, OHCHR, OCHA, UNHCR and WHO;
  • Support the organization of advocacy meetings, events and panel discussions;
  • Update internal and external websites for the office;
  • Organise or support arrangements for hospitality, conferences, events, workshops and attend when required;
  • Develop and maintain information databases (such as hotel lists, consultants lists, conference centres and contact lists in permanent missions, UN agencies and civil society);
  • Provide logistical support for staff travel and venue arrangements. Make travel and hotel reservations; and
  • Maintain distribution lists and carry out mailings of reports as appropriate.
  • Other tasks as appropriate within a small office requiring willingness and flexibility such as monitoring and ordering office supplies, data inputting and coding of invoices and expense claims, handling incoming enquiries.
Save the Children Geneva office recognize this as a training opportunity so there will be some flexibility for the successful candidate to input into their work plan to potentially develop a project related to their interests. There is also a possibility for the role to be 80% to fit in with study commitments and exploring other employment opportunities towards the end of the contract.
Qualifications and skills
  • Ongoing or completed Master’s level studies in a relevant field.
  • An understanding of the advocacy/policy environment of the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.
  • A proven ability to work in a professional manner in a multilingual, multifaceted, international setting with limited supervision and a willingness to learn new skills.
  • Highly organized and able to anticipate needs.
  • Strong sense of responsibility coupled with teamwork skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and French (spoken and written), Spanish is an asset.
  • Computer skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Ability to maintain simple websites.
  • The right to live in/near Geneva and to work in an intern role.
Terms and Conditions
· Full time for 6 months, starting early January 2016.
· The associate will be paid an allowance equivalent to CHF 1’000 per month rising to CHF 2,000 per month after successful completion of three months in the role. 13092

How to apply
  • Please submit your CV and a covering letter in English to geneva.info@savethechildren.org
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 20th December 2015.
  • Interviews will be in English and French.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.