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RWI is seeking an intern to assist in the development and promotion of its unique National Human Rights Institutions Database Project.

Under the supervision of both the head of the NHRI Unit at the Department of International Programmes and the RWI Librarian, the NHRI Database Intern will contribute to the development and promotion of the NHRIDB. In particular, the Intern will be expected to identify and compile NHRI materials, including:

  • academic articles
  • United Nations documents
  • studies, guides, etc., produced by NHRIs, to be included in the database

The internship will provide the intern with the opportunity to develop professional skills through exposure to the work of the NHRI Unit and the RWI library. The intern will:

  • become more familiar with the key role NHRIs play in promoting and protecting human rights
  • increase knowledge of and familiarity with current NHRI scholarship and research trends
  • gain experience in database development and management
  • become more familiar with international capacity development programmes and the role of different international stakeholders working with NHRIs

Applicants should be well-organized and self-motivated with strong internet research skills and the ability to work independently. Demonstrated interest in research related to human rights is required and some prior research experience highly desirable, as well as some basic understanding of citation analysis (e.g. Web of Science). Knowledge of NHRIs and the United Nations system is also preferred. Applicants should have experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook). Fluency in English is required.

The internship is intended to start towards the end of May and cover approximately three months. The start date and timeframe are however somewhat flexible and RWI may be willing to consider alternative timeframes. A minimum of 20 hours a week is required.

RWI is a leading actor in the field of support to NHRIs, with over a decade of experience working to establish and strengthen NHRIs around the world. It also hosts one of Europe’s best human rights libraries.

RWI developed and maintains the world’s only searchable NHRI Database (NHRIDB). The NHRIDB is a collaborative project between RWI and its NHRI partners. The goal of the database is to make NHRI materials (annual reports, thematic guides, national inquiries, etc.), United Nations documents related to NHRIs, and scholarly articles on NHRIs available to a wider audience and to generally promote the work of NHRIs around the world. The database uses an established search engine and allows users to search and directly download files.

Please send a letter of motivation, and CV to no later than 25 May 2015. For further information, please contact

Jason Naum

Jason Naum

Deputy Director of Programmes

Phone: +46 (0) 46 222 1237

Jason Naum is an international development and nonprofit organization management expert with over 20 years of experience successfully leading and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits, academic institutions, and independent state actors with a human rights mandate around the world. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, thought leadership, global philanthropy, human rights programming, capacity building, grant management and evaluation strategies for mission driven nonprofits.

Prior to RWI, Jason was the Managing Director of the Botstiber Institute, the Founding Chairman and Executive Director of LAB (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities for Philadelphia’s economically disadvantaged youth), as well as the Head of the National Human Rights Institutions Unit at RWI. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Lund University with a specialization in international human rights and humanitarian law.

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