The team at the CTI secretariat is composed of talented professionals committed to high quality engagement and publications towards building fair and effective justice systems, professional police and law enforcement and safer prisons, through promoting the universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture. Through our work States receive quality support on the ratification and implementation of UNCAT, which can take the form of research, one-to-one advice, capacity-building seminars or larger regional events. Occasionally, CTI offers opportunities for professionals to join its Geneva-based Secretariat. You can view Secretariat and internship positions below.
There are currently no open vacancies.
CTI relies on expert and specialist advisers from police and law enforcement, correctional and prison fields, torture prevention specialists, human rights lawyers, legislative drafters, and others to respond to the growing demand for CTI’s technical and capacity building advice. Our experts and special advisers come from diverse regions and professional backgrounds, and they support CTI’s work; for example, through research and studies, one-on-one professional advice to national authorities and institutions, training and capacity building activities, or participating in visits to countries. They form an important part of CTI’s new Advice Hub, our interactive support platform for State authorities and national institutions and officials seeking information on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture.
Watch this space for a new call for experts and special advisers in 2021!
CTI is grateful to its past and current interns for their important contributions to our work towards the universal ratification and implementation of UNCAT. We are working with academic institutions in Geneva and around the world to offer graduate students the opportunity to learn about our work and develop a range of professional skills through internships. Annually we offer paid as well as “for course credit” internship placements at our Secretariat in Geneva. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is now possible to pursue them remotely from anywhere around the world.
CTI’s expectations of our Interns
As part of the CTI Secretariat team, the CTI Intern will be involved in a range of tasks including:
- research and analysis of country situations, policy and legal issues;
- support for the preparation of major regional events, technical workshops, missions or expert meetings, covering all aspects including substantive and logistical inputs;
- drafting and editing of various documents, including advice notes, speeches, research papers, concept notes, minutes of meetings, etc.;
- attending and reporting on bilateral or multilateral meetings at the United Nations and other organisations;
- other tasks as they arise.
The intern might also be assigned to one or two specific subjects/projects, or research/drafting.
Through our Internship Programme, CTI Interns will
- gain a deeper understanding of the Convention against Torture, its Optional Protocol and associated legal frameworks and rules, as well as its implementation in practice,
- be privy to the workings of a diplomatic initiative and understand better the challenges facing States regarding ratification and implementation of an international treaty, and
- practice and develop “professional skills”, such as project and time management, prioritization, team work, research, analysis and drafting, etc.
The internship will involve a mix of substantive and administrative contributions. As we are a small Secretariat, there is a certain amount of administrative work being done by each staff member and while efforts are made to keep this to a minimum, all staff members and interns are expected to contribute fully to the collective work of the Secretariat.
While travel and/or participation in CTI events are not guaranteed, Interns may be asked to join the CTI Secretariat at particular events, subject to need and availability. Our previous interns travelled with us to Denmark, Ghana and Uganda!
Qualifications and experience of the Intern
CTI interns will have studied/be studying international human rights law, and would ideally be in the final year of a relevant Masters or equivalent postgraduate programme, or undertaking a PhD programme. Fluency in English is required, while working knowledge of another UN language (particularly Arabic, French or Spanish) would be considered favourably. While not a formal requirement, any relevant work or volunteer experience will of course be taken into account in the selection of our Interns. The Intern should in particular have excellent research, analytical and drafting skills, be well-organised and motivated.
Payment, duration and visas
CTI Internships are paid or “for course credit” and are generally expected to last for 6 months, with the possibility of extension subject to need and availability. During term time, Internships may be part-time, while during summer months, it is expected that Internships will be full-time.
For Geneva-based Interns, they will need to possess a valid visa allowing period of Internship, or otherwise be a citizen of Switzerland/EU/EEA. The Intern must possess health insurance for the duration of the Internship, and responsible for any taxes and any other liabilities arising from the Internship.
Vacancies will be posted here.
There is currently one internship vacancy
We are open to hosting visiting professors, academics or others who are on sabbatical leave and self-funded, and wishing to pursue research relevant to CTI’s programme of work, or otherwise support CTI’s activities. Visiting professors/academics will have the right to reside / stay in Switzerland for the duration of their stay. Expected period of stay would be between 3-6 months. A small fee may be imposed on visiting professors/academics to cover CTI costs of hosting.
Please check this page at a later stage or get in touch with our Secretariat.
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