Funding opportunity for the SIDS Delegates to participate in the next 2017 HRC regular sessions and Fellowship Programme: How to apply?

By OHCHR

You are a SIDS delegate working in the field of human rights? Apply to the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund Programmes!

Graduation Ceremony of LDCSIDS Fellows, 26 November 2015, Palais Wilson. Credit: Danielle Kirby

Deadline for the next session of the HRC: 1st April 2016

The Practical Guide below contains detailed information on the two programmes administrated by the Trust Fund. It includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. Government representatives from LDCs and SIDS interested are invited to consult the Practical Guide before applying.

Practical Guide and FAQ: [English] [French]

Programme I: Participation in a regular session of the HRC

The Human Rights Council (HRC) holds three regular sessions each year: in March, June and September. The HRC meets in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline for the June session: 1st April 2017

Who can apply

As a rule, only a government official/civil servant from a LDC/SIDS who is based in their home country is eligible to apply. A representative of a LDC/SIDS can apply to participate in any of the three regular HRC sessions

Duration

Programme I covers the participation of a government official in a regular session of the HRC:
  • March: up to 4 weeks
  • June/September: up to 3 weeks

Scope of the financial coverage

Based on applicable UN rules on travel, the Trust Fund covers the following:
  • One round-trip ticket in economy class per regular session per Member State;
  • Daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the mission in Geneva (not exceeding the duration of the regular session). The Delegate is responsible for arranging her/his own temporary accommodation in Geneva and covering it with the Daily subsistence allowance. The Trust Fund does not cover costs for health insurance or other expenses, including personal expenses, during the government official’s stay in Geneva.

How to apply

Please see the link for more information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/TrustFund/Pages/Apply.aspx

Programme II: Fellowship

Timeline

The Fellowship programme runs only once a year. It starts at the beginning of September and ends in November. Deadline for the 2017 Fellowship Programme: 1st June 2017

The dates of the Fellowship Programme were selected to enable the Fellow to attend a September session of the Human Rights Council, a session of the UPR Working Group and relevant meetings of other human rights mechanisms.

Who can apply?

As a rule, only a government official/civil servant from a LDC/SIDS who is based in her/his home country is eligible to apply.

At the time of application, the candidate must have:

  • An advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations or a related discipline. Significant relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the government of her/his home country with relevant experience in the field of human rights. Experience in intergovernmental affairs is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is considered an asset.

Each interested candidate must submit a supporting letter from a government official authorizing her/his participation in the Fellowship Programme. The candidate must also be committed to sharing the knowledge and experience gained during the Fellowship with their colleagues.

Applicants are informed of the final decision by mid-July.

Scope of the financial coverage

The Trust Fund financially supports the selected Fellow in the form of a monthly stipend for the duration of the Fellowship Programme (three months) and covers the cost of a round-trip ticket in economy class (based on applicable UN rules on travel).

  • The Trust Fund does not cover costs for health insurance or other expenses, including personal expenses, during the Fellow’s stay in Geneva the Fellow is responsible for obtaining any necessary visa and health insurance. She/he is also responsible for arranging her/his own temporary accommodation in Geneva and covering it the monthly stipend

How to apply

Please see the link for more information:

Read more:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/TrustFund/Pages/Apply.aspx

For further information, please contact: Ms. Fatou Camara Houel, Coordinator of the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund, OHCHR Geneva, at fhouel@ohchr.org or sidsldc@ohchr.org. Visit our website: www.ohchr.org/sidsldc

High Commissioner for Human Rights with SIDS Delegates. Credit Danielle Kirby, OHCHR

President of the HRC with SIDS Delegates, September 2016. Credit Danielle Kirby

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