Jobs and Internships

Each FIAN section and co-ordination retains its own recruitment strategy and policy, please check directly with the respective     sections and coordinations for job offers.

We will advertise vacancies for the International Secretariat on this page as they arise.

Volunteer to assist the South Asia Desk

FIAN International's Secretariat in Heidelberg, Germany is seeking a:

 Volunteer to assist the South Asia Desk

FIAN International is an international human rights organization that has advocated for the right to adequate food and nutrition for over 30 years. Its International Secretariat offices are based in Heidelberg, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland. FIAN International is represented nationally by sections and groups in 25 countries worldwide.

The volunteer will be hired as part of the German Development Volunteer Service South-North Component (Weltwärts Süd-Nord-Freiwilligendienst) and will assist in the following tasks:

  • Support work on cases from South Asia, through research, documentation, human rights analysis and communication with FIAN’s partners in South Asia
  • Support FIAN’s advocacy work in South Asia with UN treaty bodies (especially the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women), UN Special Procedures, and other international bodies
  • Support networking with CSOs, academics, and other actors in South Asia
  • Support report writing to donor agencies
  • Support the communication with FIAN sections and groups in South Asia


  • South Asian national (up to the age of 28) currently residing in South Asia
  • Bachelor’s degree in law, human rights studies, social sciences, or other related discplines
  • Work experience with local communities, social movements and CSOs
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data
  • Knowledge of human rights standards and mechanisms, particularly those relating to economic, social and cultural rights
  • Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Capacity to work independently as well as within an international team
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in English

We offer

  • Work in an internationally renowned human rights organization for a year
  • The opportunity to be part of a highly motivated and intercultural team


The internship will start on 1 December 2018 and last until 30 November 2019. The Volunteer Service includes the cost of visa, travel, boarding and lodging, pocket money, costs of accompanying seminars and social security costs/health insurance in Germany.

For further information please contact: Sabine Pabst     pabst(at)

Please email your application in one PDF (full CV, motivation letter and a written sample research or article) to:     internship(at) with "Volunteer Application South Asia Desk” in the subject line.

Deadline for application: 15 October 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by 19 October, interviews will be held on 22 and 23 October.