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Internship Opportunity for 2020

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organizations in South Africa and the region that implement programmes which promote and protect human rights. FHR is currently implementing a programme in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development called Socio-Economic Justice for All (SEJA) which aims at increased awareness, respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights and socio-economic rights for all people. The Foundation seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Internship Opportunity for 2020
6 months, 01 April 2020 – 30 September 2020.  
Internship Objectives 
  • Groom those interested and committed to working in strengthening human rights based approaches to building civil society; 
  • Contribute to addressing the problems relating to skills shortage, by increasing the skills level of those entering the labour market; 
  • Improve the chances of employment in the chosen field by enhancing the capacity of the interns, while at the same time and in return, getting some value for the Foundation;  Contribute to the job-readiness of interns by exposing them to a practical working experience/environment; 
  • Inculcate human rights values in interns and strive to ensure that such values become part of their work ethic; 
  • Enhance the capacity of the FHR with an increased number of staff available to take on a range of administrative and programmatic functions.

Generic objectives
  • Participate actively in assigned programme work, ensuring that systems, processes and outputs are grounded in FHR values; 
  • Participate in internal communication and teamwork; 
  • Work within the programme team to ensure the effective implementation of organization’s objectives; 
  • As and when required within reason, work beyond the scope of any job description.
  • Working knowledge of and commitment to Human Rights, especially in a South African context; 
  • A degree in Social Sciences and Arts – for example Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Social Science, International Relations, Law and Sociology; 
  • A post graduate qualification will be an added advantage.  
  • Excellent verbal and written, communications skills; 
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines, deliver on time and to prioritize a complex workload; 
  • Rigorous, attentive to details, self-starter, autonomous and able to manage own workload efficiently; 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
  • Ability to conduct research work; 
  • Fluency in English;  
  • Additional language skills and project work experience are a plus. 
Application Process:
1. Submit a CV along with certified copies certificates, motivational letter and the details of two contactable referees to Interns2020(at)fhr.org.za
2. The deadline for applications is 6 March 2020.
3. Late, and/or incomplete, or applications will not be considered for the position.
4. Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered.

  • FHR reserves the right to cancel the position should the needs of the FHR change or should we regard the submissions not to be adequate based on its needs. 
  • FHR is an equal opportunity organisation. 
  • FHR will provide remuneration in the form of a stipend.  
  • Costs relating to travel, living and accommodation will however be borne by the Intern.
  • The Interns will be required to sign a code of conduct as well as an internship agreement with the FHR stipulating the terms of contract.
  • Please note that due to high volumes of applications that we receive, only complete applications will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • FHR reserves the right to shortlist and interview on a rolling basis and in that case the job advert may be withdrawn at any time from job sites without notification. 
  • All applications must be sent to the email provided.