Contra Nocendi International is seeking a legal intern to work with our team on a part-time basis. As an intern, you will support the legal team providing research on jurisprudence at the African Commission, African Court and the Courts of some of Africa’s regional economic communities. The intern will be provided training and the opportunity to expand their legal research skills as well as provide them with a better understanding on regional human rights law. The role is a great fit for a person with a background in human rights law and public international law, but we welcome candidates with a non-legal background as well.
Contra Nocendi International is an international human rights NGO based in Paris, France with an independent section based in Buea, Cameroon. Our current projects include expanding a monitoring consortium for treatment in detention in Burundi and a law clinic in the city of Buea in Cameroon. Both projects are needed to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups who are at risk to violence, discrimination and not being able to access legal services.
The role will report directly to the Head of Legal and will also interface regularly with the Executive Director of our Cameroon section. The role is designed to be held remotely and requires the ability to work independently.
- Provide research support to the legal staff with a focus on the jurisprudence of the African Commission, African Court and the Court of the regional economic communities
- Contribute to the production of reports and other materials as and when required
- Collaborate with you direct supervisor and the Executive Director of the Cameroon section on the use and dissemination of research conducted on the above reference jurisprudence
- The intern will be expected to provide two written statements each month written on behalf of Contra Nocendi International and will be expected to contribute to a larger research project before the end of the internship.
- Be flexible to respond to evolving priorities
- Bachelor's degree in law. An advanced degree related to public international law and/or international human rights law would be a plus. A research focus on Africa would be helpful.
- Must be fluent in English. A good understanding of French would be an advantage.
- Must have good political awareness and a high degree of professional maturity
- Ability to interpret complex information and communicate key findings effectively
- Excellent writing and editing skills in English or French is required. Writing and editing skills in both is a plus.
- Must have dependable internet access and the ability to work in a virtually connected and multi-cultural setting.
- Available at least 20 hours a week for 2 months and able to be proactive in communicating any change in your availability as soon as possible.
Please note that this role is a voluntary position and as such we are unable to provide any remuneration of any kind. Successful completion of the volunteer role does not infer in any way any chance of future employment.
This role is being advertised on an on-going basis. Contra Nocendi International shall review applications as they are received and reserves the right to fill the role at any time.