The Young Professional Traineeship aims to develop independent young professionals from minority communities. The participants are trained on human rights issues for a period of 2 years, wherein they work with the local implementing organizations. The participants are then invited to GHRD’s headquarters in The Hague (City of Peace and Justice) for a week long specialized human rights training.
Young professionals belonging to the minority communities will be required to apply to GHRD’s local implementing partner for the traineeship program.
Participants will be selected on basis of the following eligibility criteria:
Completed bachelor’s degree
Must not be more than 2 years from the date of completion of the last university degree.
Participant must not be more than 30 years old.
Good communication skills, strong command over English and the local language as per the programme.
Keen interest in human rights, specifically regarding the rights of minorities in target countries.
Participants will be required to submit their CV (curriculum vitae), 1 letter of recommendation and 1 cover letter, detailing their interest in the program and the reason for perusing the traineeship.
Participants will be selected in accordance with GHRD’s s gender criteria, at least 50 % of the participants will be woman. Special emphasis will be placed on selection of professionals from economically weaker sections of society. Inputs provided by the GHRD’s local implementing partner regarding suitability of the candidates will also be taken into account. Special emphasis will be placed on selection of candidates who will most likely continue to work with the local organization after completion of the traineeship. This ensures skilled/ trained staff (HRDs) will remain at the local organization, so that it can continue to increase capacity and safeguard its sustainability.
Throughout the course of the traineeship participants will be tested on their knowledge of human rights issues and whether they are retaining the information being taught to them. At each program there will be an attendance list to ensure that the attendees are participating in the required amount of courses. The local human rights defender that is assigned to the Young Professional trainee will have to send a document to GHRD headquarters stating that the trainee has been present for at least 85% of activities conducted by the HRD. The trainee will be unable to progress in the program if he/she does not meet this attendance requirement unless they provide a valid medical/personal reason.
During the second stage of the program when the trainees are in The Hague, an attendance list will be kept to ensure that they are participating in at least 90% of the activities unless a valid medical/personal reason is given.
Before the program has commenced, each participant will be required to sit an exam that is designed to test their knowledge of human rights law, certain human rights issues, ethical work practices and logical reasoning. This will be used to measure whether the participant has been able to build upon their pre-existing knowledge by attending this program. At the end of each subject module, the participant will complete an evaluation about the topics covered. This is to ensure that they fully comprehend the material covered.