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Universal Rights Group (URG)
Domaine Droits de l'homme
Type Contrat à durée déterminée
Lieu Geneva
Taux 100 %


The Universal Rights Group (URG) is looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for universal human rights, international politics, and policy research, analysis and recommendation.

The URG is a policy think tank focused on the international human rights system and its impact on the ground. The URG has its main office in Geneva, Switzerland, and also has a permanent office in New York. URG is the only think tank in the world focused exclusively on international human rights policy. For more information, see

Universal Rights Group Fellowship

The URG Fellowship is an entry-level opportunity to begin a career within the international human rights system. The Fellowship aims to give the successful applicant a comprehensive grounding in the work of the UN Human Rights Council, its mechanisms, the Treaty Bodies, the wider UN human rights ‘pillar,’ the regional human rights systems, and the ways in which universal norms are translated into domestic improvements in the enjoyment of human rights. 

The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of international human rights knowledge, research and counsel. 

The Fellowship is also designed to provide a foundation for, and entryway to, a potential full time analyst position at the URG.


The Fellow will support the work of URG analysts to implement the projects set down by the URG Board of Trustees in the organisation’s two-year Global Strategic Plan.  Those projects cover a range of institutional and thematic issues, including: the future of the Special Procedures system; the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review; review and reform of the Human Rights Council; combatting religious intolerance; mapping religion-inspired reservations to the core human rights conventions; and the emergence and evolution of single national implementation and reporting systems.

Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the project, but would usually include some or all of the following:

  • Desk research, either online or at the UN Library and archives;
  • Helping to organise policy dialogues with interested States, UN officials and NGOs;
  • Interviewing relevant experts and policymakers;
  • Event organisation – e.g. retreats, conferences, Human Rights Council side events;
  • Assistance with communications and marketing;
  • Maintenance of URG’s website, including uploading new content.
  • Preparation and dissemination of URG email notifications.
  • Preparing initial drafts of chapters (for policy reports and policy briefs), under supervision and as appropriate;
  • Writing articles and blogs about UN human rights developments.
  • Brainstorming around key questions, challenges, opportunities and possible recommendations to UN policymakers.

Qualifications and competences

The Fellowship is an entry-level professional scheme designed to provide recent graduates from Masters level (or above) degree courses with a first professional experience in the world of international human rights policy.

Applicants should therefore have recently completed a post-graduate degree (e.g. Masters, PhD) in a relevant field, such as human rights, international relations, international politics, or international law. 

Applicants should have strong research and drafting skills; a keen interest in and knowledge of universal human rights, including UN human rights institutions, mechanisms and policy; and good organisational abilities (e.g. for event management). Applicants should also have an entrepreneurial spirit, be dynamic, and show a demonstrable commitment to human rights and the United Nations system.


The Fellowship is based on a fixed term contract of one year.

The Fellowship is also designed to provide a foundation for, and entryway to, a potential full time analyst position at the URG. 


The Fellowship is paid, at a level of 2,600 CHF (gross) per month for the first four months, and rising to 3,000 CHF (gross) thereafter.   


The Fellowship is based at URG’s headquarters in Versoix (Canton Geneva), Switzerland, though travel within and outside of Switzerland may be required.

Application process 

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV (including the contact details of two referees), with motivation letter, and writing sample to:

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Envoyez votre candidature par e-mail à l'attention de :
Charlotte Marres, Researcher (
Universal Rights Group (URG)
Maison de la Paix (Pétale 5)
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1205 Geneva (Genève)