Oak International Human Rights Fellowship

Closing date: 13 Jun 2021

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about international human rights in practice from within a global organisation. The fellowship will be based within the International Human Rights Programme (IHRP) team in the Oak Foundation offices in central London.

Working closely with the Programme Director and Officers, the successful candidate will be required to carry out both substantive and administrative tasks relating to five core programme priorities:


  1. To close the impunity gap for gross violations of human rights by investigating and documenting gross abuses, holding abusers to account and seeking victim redress.
  2. To uphold fundamental guarantees in international law which prohibit arbitrary detention and torture and ensure the observance of due process guarantees.
  3. To ensure that LGBTQI communities are free from discriminatory prosecution, persecution and violence.
  4. To protect human rights defenders at risk, strengthen their capacity, combat closing civic space and build a strong and resilient human rights movement.
  5. To build greater public and donor support for human rights.

We are seeking exceptional and enthusiastic candidates who are willing to commit to a six-month placement, with the possibility of an extension to be discussed during the placement itself.

Typical tasks will include: assisting in drafting recommendations in relation to grant applications; assisting in monitoring and evaluating grant-holders across the Oak portfolio; taking meetings minutes; conducting routine correspondence with grantees and applicants; helping prepare presentations and other communications materials and administrative office tasks, such as scheduling appointments and assisting with filing.

Fellow Profile

  • You will be
    a recent graduate or postgraduate with a sound grounding in the field of human rights, international development, or a related field as a result of your studies or practical experience;
  • You will have strong analytical and critical thinking skills and will write clearly and concisely
  • You will display intellectual curiosity, and will be a fast learner with demonstrated initiative;
  • You will be able to demonstrate your commitment to a career in human rights or social justice;
  • You will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong administrative, organisational and time management skills;
  • You will be able to use your initiative to prioritise competing workloads and work independently;
  • You will be competent in use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);
  • You will already have the right to undertake a paid fellowship in the UK and have a UK National Insurance number, or would be able to apply for one.

The successful candidate will work at the Oak Foundation’s central London office for 4-5 days per week (subject to Government Covid guidance). It will be a six-month placement, with a possible extension, subject to review.

A stipend of £100 per day is available.

Other important information

You must be able to work full time for the duration of the Fellowship and in the Oak Foundation’s central London Office. Please be aware that we cannot provide visa support for applicants. Therefore you must already have the right to live and undertake a paid placement in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. You will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility to undertake a paid placement in the UK (scan of passport/visa/other documentation).

Please apply through the link by 13 June 2021 (23:59 hours) by providing a CV and Cover Letter. In the Cover Letter, please state the following information

  • If selected, when you would be available to start
  • Confirm you have the right to work in the UK and you are able to work full time. We cannot provide visas for applicants and you must already have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Why you are applying for this Fellowship with the Oak Foundation International Human Rights Programme (500 words)
  • Why you are a suitable candidate and how you meet the fellowship profile. (1000 words)

Please only apply through the Unitemps link. CVs and Cover Letters sent to ehrac@mdx.ac.uk will not be acknowledged. 

We anticipate that interviews will be held 22-23 June. While we can be flexible on timings, candidates should be available on these dates. There will also be an additional presentation and written component on the day. We estimate in total it will take around 2.5 hours.

If you are successful, you will be invited to attend another interview with Oak on 29-30 June.

We hope to appoint a candidate by 2 July 2021, with the Fellow starting as soon as possible