FHR: Internship Opportunity

Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 16 June, 2019
Opportunity type: 

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations 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 fulfillment 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.

Duration: 6 months, 01 July 2019 – 30 December 2019.

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 postgraduate degree in Social Sciences and Arts – for example Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Social Science, International Relations, Law and Sociology;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Additional language skills and project work experience are a plus.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a CV along with certificates, motivational letter and the details of two contactable referees  Interns2019@fhr.org.za
  2. The deadline for applications is 16 June 2019
  3. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position
  4. Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered

Important: 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


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